Museum staff who contribute to research and academic teaching in the University are:

Laura Van Broekhoven PhD (Director)

Laura is Director of the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford and Professorial Fellow at Linacre College, University of Oxford. She is also associated to the school of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography. Current museological research interests include the Postcolonial Praxis, Sharing and Negotiating Curatorial Authority and Restitution and Repatriation. Her academic research topics focus on Maya oral history, Mixtec indigenous market systems and Nicaraguan cultural heritage and ethnohistory. Laura is an active member of diverse national and international committees and networks and over the course of her career has curated several exhibitions and authored numerous books and articles. Read more...

Helen Adams (MA) Project Curator and Engagement Officer (VERVE)

Since joining the Pitt Rivers in 2007, Helen has worked on a succession of collections-based research projects funded by Designation Development Fund and Arts Council England, focussing on diverse themes such as weaponry, amulets, body arts, and traditional crafts, and authoring major gallery and web resources for each. From 2012–2017 she is managing the Museum’s major Heritage Lottery Funded VERVE project ( Research interests include learning and interpretation in museums, digital engagement, audience research, and a subject specialism in global arms and armour. Read more...

Jeremy Coote MA Status (Curator and Joint Head of Collections)

Jeremy has led research and teaching on the Museum’s collections for twenty years, and has published extensively on them. Having conducted fieldwork in South Sudan in the 1980s, he has written influentially in the areas of African art and aesthetics, Pacific studies, and collections history.

Clare Harris MA PhD (Curator for Asia & Professor of Visual Anthropology, School of Anthropology)

Clare has held a joint post as Curator for Asia at the Pitt Rivers Museum and Reader in Visual Anthropology at the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography since 1998. She has published extensively in the area of Tibetan art and history, most recently The Museum on the Roof of the World: Art, Politics and the Representation of Tibet (University of Chicago Press, 2013), as well as developing an innovative web project on the Museum’s Tibetan photograph collection, The Tibet Album. Clare is a Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford. Read more...

Dan Hicks MA PhD (Curator for Archaeology & Associate Professor, School of Archaeology)

Dan's research and teaching is focused on the connections between anthropology, archaeology and history, especially in relation to material things. He has published widely in historical archaeology, material culture studies and heritage and museum studies, and has particular regional interests in the UK, the Caribbean, North America and the Atlantic world. Dan teaches and advises students in Archaeology, Anthropology and History of Art. Dan has recently run a number of ground-breaking research projects on the Museum’s archaeological collections: World Archaeology at the Pitt Rivers Museum: A Characterization (2009-12) and Excavating Pitt-Rivers (2013). Dan is a Fellow of St Cross College, Oxford. Read more...

Christopher Morton MA DPhil (Curator of Photograph and Manuscript Collections & Departmental Lecturer, School of Anthropology)

Besides being responsible for the Pitt Rivers Museum’s extensive photograph, manuscript, film and sound collections, Chris teaches on the Visual, Material and Museum Anthropology MSc/MPhil, the MSc in African Studies, and supervises research students working on photographic topics. Outside of the School of Anthropology, Chris is a Senior Research Fellow of Linacre College, Oxford, and Chair of the Royal Anthropological Institute’s photographic committee. He has published extensively in the area of photography, anthropology and history, and the return of collections of photographs to indigenous communities in Africa and Australia. Chris co-curated the exhibition Wilfred Thesiger in Africa at the Pitt Rivers Museum in 2010, as well as co-editing a book of the same name. Read more...

Laura Peers MA PhD (Curator for Americas & Professor of Museum Anthropology, School of Anthropology)Dr Laura Peers and students working with Pitt Rivers Museum photographic collections, 2007

As Curator for the Americas at the Pitt Rivers Museum and Reader in Material Anthropology in the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography, Laura’s research and teaching focuses on the changing relations between museums and indigenous communities in North America. Laura has published extensively on relations between museums and Indigenous peoples, museum anthropology, First Nations/Native American cultural history and material culture and historic artifacts as sites of social memory and identity construction for contemporary indigenous peoples. Laura is a Fellow of Linacre College, Oxford. Read more...

Alison Petch (Senior Researcher)

Alison Petch has been working on research projects at the Pitt Rivers Museum since 1991. These projects include the British Academy project on the Spencer papers at the Pitt Rivers Museum (1992-94); Leverhulme Trust funded project looking at the founding collection of the Pitt Rivers Museum (1995-98); ESRC funded The Relational Museum (2002-06); the Leverhulme Trust Rethinking Pitt-Rivers project (2009-12) and the Fell-Fund project Museum Anthropology at Oxford (2012-13). Read more...

Heather Richardson BA (Hons) (Head of Conservation)

Heather has been a conservator at the Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford, since 2001 and Head of Conservation since 2008. She became an accredited conservator-restorer (ACR) in 2007, with a specialism in ethnographic conservation. Read more...

Jeremy Uden (Deputy Head of Conservation)

Jeremy is Deputy Head of Conservation at the Pitt Rivers Museum where he has worked since 2008. He held a Clothworkers' Foundation Conservation Fellowship during which he conserved and investigated the Cook-voyage collections at the Museum. Read more...

Prof. Michael O’Hanlon MA PhD (Emeritus Curator)

Michael O'Hanlon's anthropological fieldwork was in Highland Papua New Guinea, where he has done long-term, broad-based ethnography but with a particular focus on visual and moral systems, kinship, politics and material culture among the Wahgi people. He has also worked on the ethnography of museums and of collecting, both in his present post and in his previous post at the British Museum. Directorial duties currently restrict time available for teaching but his next book, The Pitt Rivers Museum: a world within will appear late in 2014. Michael O'Hanlon is a Fellow of Linacre College.

Prof. Elizabeth Edwards FBA (Emerita Curator)

Elizabeth Edwards is a visual and historical anthropologist, Emeritus Professor of Photographic History, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK. She was Curator of Photographs at Pitt Rivers Museum until 2005 and was responsible for building the department, curating many exhibitions at the Museum, and publishing extensively on the collections. She was also lecturer in Visual Anthropology at ISCA. She works on the relationships between photography, history and anthropology, and their social and material practices. She directed the PhotoCLEC project on photography, museums and colonial memory in contemporary Europe. Her most recent monograph is The Camera as Historian: Amateur Photographers and Historical Imagination 1885-1912 (2012). She was elected Fellow of the British Academy, 2015. She is currently working on further aspects of the relationship between photography, cultural heritage and history.

Research Associates

Dr. Zoe Cormack
Prof. Chris Gosden FBA
Patti Langton
Dr. Noel Lobley
Prof. Howard Morphy