Talks, Tours & Workshops

From 11 February

On 11 February the University of Oxford's Gardens, Libraries and Museums (GLAM) launch Out in Oxford, a specially commissioned trail celebrating diversity and highlighting LGBTQ+ experiences across Oxfordshire and beyond. Funded by the Oxford University Museums Partnership, teams from GLAM have worked with LGBTQ+ community members and allies to queer the collections and offer alternative insights into the fascinating items looked after by the University. From 11 February, head on down to the Ashmolean Museum, the Bate Collection, the Botanical Garden, the Museum of Natural History, the Pitt Rivers Museum, the Museum of the History of Science and the Weston Library to grab a trail and get exploring!  Further information (pdf)

Saturday 25 February, 10.00 - 16.00, £25 FULLY BOOKED

Learn the prehistoric process of melting metal with experimental archaeologist James Dilley. Prepare your own set of sand moulds before placing them in James' Bronze Age human-powered furnace. Have a go at casting your own bronze axehead and learn how to metalwork like a Bronze Age (wo)man. Cost: £25 (includes all tuition and materials). Join the Facebook group for further updates.


Saturday 25 March, 10.00 - 16.00, £25 FULLY BOOKED

An introduction to the ancient art of flintknapping and human use of stone. Watch a demonstration by experimental archaeologist and flintknapper, James Dilley, before having a go at making your own stone toolkit, complete with your own prehistoric knife. Cost: £25 (includes all tuition and materials). Join the Facebook group for more updates.


Saturday 1 April, 10.00 - 16.00 £25

Learn how ancient peoples tanned hide with Woodland Ways' bushcraft team before having a go at the tanning process and making your very own pair of rabbit skin mittens. Cost: £25 (Includes all tuition and materials). Book now. Join the Facebook group for further updates. 


Saturday 6 May, 11.00 - 13.00 & 14.00 - 16.00

Blow your own barkhorn with Chris from Acorn Education. See examples of English fold whithorns collected by Percy Manning before having a go at making and blowing your own. This half day workshop has been kindly sponsored by the Folklore Society. Free but booking essential. Book your place. Join the Facebook group for further updates.


Saturday 10 June, 10.00 - 16.00 £25

Using the ancient technique of twining, Ruby Taylor from Native Hands will show you how to make a rush basket to take home. This technique has been used as far back as 9000BC and is still used across the world by basketmakers. Cost: £25 (includes all tuition and materials). Book your place.  Join the Facebook group for further updates. 


Saturday 29 July, 10.00 - 16.00 £25

Make your own bark basket using prehistoric techniques with Woodland Ways' bushcraft team. Create a beautiful statement piece for your home whilst learning this ancient skill. Cost: £25 (includes all tuition and materials). Book your place


Third Saturday of the month 14.30

Events focusing on the displays and their relevance today; find out more about the collections, meet curators, hear specialist speakers, or join in workshops. Suitable for adults and older children.

Upcoming programme of gallery talks

Tuesdays and Wednesdays 14.30 and 15.15

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.

Every Saturday 11.00 - 13.00

Object handling in the Pitt Rivers. Discover more about wonderful and fascinating objects from the museum’s collection.

Every Sunday 10.40 – 11.40

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.

More ways to add variety to your visit to the Pitt Rivers

Lectures and Events

A programme of lectures and events are held by the Friends of the Pitt Rivers.