Talks, Tours & Workshops
The Pit Rivers Museum cares for a sail from an umiak, or women's boat, collected from an Inuit group in the Hudson Strait in 1824. The sail is unique in that it is made from strips of dried intestine, sewn together to make a large square sail - it is the only known example in a museum collection. Due to the size of the object and the very fragile material, it is not possible for the object to be on long-term display. Creating a rare opportunity to see this important and fascinating object, the Conservation Team have retrieved the sail from the Museum stores and will have it on display for several days in June 2018. They will be on hand to talk about this special material and the work they have carried out to preserve this unique artefact. Free but booking required.
Volunteer-led introductory tour of the Museum. Tours last about 20 minutes. No booking necessary. Please gather at the Information point 5 minutes before the start of each tour.
Object handling in the Pitt Rivers. Discover more about wonderful and fascinating objects from the museum’s collection.
Still a good time of the week for a relaxed visit - space to draw, a chance to study or simply to stand and stare. At 10.45 watch a 45minute audio-visual presentation featuring Sir David Attenborough, introducing many familiar, and some easily missed, treasures of the collections. This is followed by Welcome to My Museum (11.30, 10 minutes), a short film imagining a meeting between the two Victorian founders of the Pitt Rivers Museum and our neighbour, the Museum of Natural History.
A programme of lectures and events are held by the Friends of the Pitt Rivers.