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Press releases

First Nations Ancestors Returned Home
4 October 2023
First Nations Ancestors Returned Home

UNMASKED Spirit in the City exhibition opens
30 January 2023
UNMASKED Spirit in the City

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Ancestors Returned Home from the Pitt Rivers Museum and Oxford University Museum of Natural History
10 November 2022
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Ancestors Repatriation Ceremony

Marina Abramović @ Pitt Rivers Museum
16 August 2022
Marina Abramović @ Pitt Rivers Museum

Pitt Rivers Museum Director wins prestigious Kenneth Hudson Award for Institutional Courage and Professional Integrity
9 May 2022
Pitt Rivers Museum Director wins prestigious European Museum award

Innovative Multaka-Oxford refugee project at Oxford University Museums supported by £1m funding from Alwaleed Philanthropies
22 November 2021
Multaka-Oxford project receives landmark funding from Alwaleed Philanthropies

Pitt Rivers Museum opens 'Beyond the Binary: Gender, Sexuality, Power' exhibition
1 July 2021
Pitt Rivers Museum puts LGBTIAQ+ voices at the heart of new exhibition 

Tusks found in 500-year old shipwreck reveal origins of ancient elephants and impact of the ivory trade
17 December 2020
Oxford University study leads cutting-edge analysis of elephant tusks found in shipwrecked cargo

Pitt Rivers Museum reopening reveals critical changes to display as part of decolonisation process
14 September 2020
Critical Changes to Displays 2020

Pitt Rivers Museum and Museum of Natural History to reopen on 22 September
8 September 2020
Joint Museum Reopening September 2020

Losing Venus Display by artist Matt Smith
23 January 2020
Losing Venus Display 2020

Maasai Delegates return to Pitt Rivers Museum for next phase of Living Cultures Project
16 January 2020
Living Cultures Project Update 2020

Museums Late Night: Diversity
13 November 2019
Museums Late Night: Diversity 2019

Oxford University museums win Collections Trust Award 2019 for project working with forced migrants
16 September 2019
Collections Trust Award 2019

Sovereign Nation: an international collaboration between the Pitt RIvers Museum, Haida artist, Gwaii Edenshaw & Flintlock Theatre
12 July 2019
Sovereign Nation press release 2019

Pitt Rivers Museum wins University Public Engagement with Research Award
10 July 2019
VC's Public Engagement with Research Awards 2019

Multaka-Oxford Volunteer Team wins Museums + Heritage Volunteer Team of the Year
15 May 2019
Multaka Volunteer Team of the Year Award 2019

Beatrice Blackwood Event 2019: Peter Frankopan talks about The Tyranny of Eurocentrism
3 April 2019
Peter Frankopan at Beatrice Blackwood Event 2019 Press Release

Calais Jungle Exhibition opens in Oxford
27 March 2019
Calais Jungle Exhibition Press Release 27.3.19

Pitt Rivers Museum shortlisted for £100,000 Art Fund Museum of the Year 2019
25 March 2019
Art Fund Museum of the Year 2019 Press Release

Pitt Rivers wins DCMS/Wolfson Funding for Engaging the Senses 
14 Jan 2019
DCMS Press Release 14.01.19

Maasai Leaders visit the UK to change the way their culture is represented in museums
5 November 2018
Living Cultures Press Release 5.11.19

Pitt Rivers Museum features on Armchair Gallery app
22 Oct 2018
Armchair Gallery Press Release.pdf

Intrepid Women: Fieldwork in Action 1910 to 1957' Exhibition Opens
15 Oct 2018
Intrepid Women Press Release.pdf

Performing Tibetan Identities: Photographic Portraits by Nyema Droma
12 Oct 2018
Beyond the Binary.pdf

National Lottery Funding for 'Beyond the Binary' Project
10 Oct 2018
Beyond the Binary.pdf

Haida Weaver Visits Ancestral Collections in UK
29 Jan 2018
Haida Weaver Press Release (29.1.18).pdf

Pitt Youth Action Team present a Magical Soirée Museum Takeover
04 Oct 2017

Pitt Rivers Museum wins Esmee Fairbairn Foundation Award
07 Jul 2017
Esmee Fairbairn PR.docx

Repatriation of Maori Ancestral Remains
25 May 2017
Repatriation Press Release.pdf

Global Heritage Project Funding Award
02 Feb 2017
Global Heritage Project Press Release.pdf

Out in Oxford
19 Jan 2017
Out In Oxford Press Release.pdf

Late Night: Hopes and Fears: Life, Death, Extinction & Invasion
04 Nov 2016
Hopes & Fears press release1.pdf

Pitt Rivers Museum's Cook-Voyage Collection Redisplayed
29 Apr 2016
Cook-Voyage Collection Press Release 1.1.pdf

A PROCESSION by Elizabeth Price, The Contemporary Art Society Annual Award
14 Mar 2016
Elizabeth Price press release.pdf

Architecture for All: The Photography of Paul Oliver
13 May 2015

Tell Tales: Making Social Networks - A case display of work by RCA students
27 Mar 2015

DCMS/Wolfson Museums and Galleries Improvement Fund award
27 Feb 2015
PRM Press Release27.02.1997.pdf

Containing... - A case display by Rycotewood students
22 Jan 2015
RycotewoodPR 22january2015.pdf

Scarred / Sacred Water - Tanya Harnett
06 Oct 2014
scarred sacred water.pdf

New online Image Gallery: Image/Object/Text
12 Aug 2014
new online image gallery.pdf

Distantly Relative - A case display by Royal College of Art students
30 May 2014

Point of Departure: Photography from Senegal by Mamadou Gomis and Judith Quax
25 Apr 2014
Point of departure.pdf

Pitt Rivers Museum inspires Rycotewood students exhibition
prm inspire rycotewoood students.pdf

Curator nominates 2014 Robert Gardner Fellow in Photography
14 Mar 2014
curator nominates 2014.pdf

Inventions for Living - Display case (Lower Gallery) 28 February
28 Feb 2014

Pitt Rivers Museum curator wins Social Sciences Knowledge Exchange grant
10 Feb 2014
curator wins social sciences knowledge exchange grant.pdf

Pitt Rivers Museum wins DCMS/Wolfson Museums and Galleries Improvement Fund award
27 Feb 2015

Pitt Rivers Museum curator's book wins major US prize
5 Jan 2014
curator wins major US book prize.pdf

Nathaniel Mann Creates Meat Cleaver Music For Residency Finale
2 Jan 2014
Nathaniel Mann creates meat cleaver music.pdf