Talks, Tours & Workshops

Saturday 22 & Sunday 23 September 10.00 - 16.30 (£185, incl. tuition, materials, sandwich lunches & behind the scenes tour)

Learn how to weave patterned Sámi bands using a double slotted heddle and backstrap with Susan Foulkes, designer/weaver, author and Durham Weaver blogger. The course will take place over 2 days and will include an exclusive behind the scenes tour of the Conservation Lab with the Pitt Rivers Head of Conservation, looking at band weaving artefacts in the Museum. Included in the costs are booklets of patterns, threads, a ready prepared 9 pattern slot heddle and shuttle and a sandwich lunch on both days. Suitable for beginners or more experienced weavers wanting to extend their skills. Limited numbers. Book here.

Thursday 25 October, 10.00 - 12.00 & 14.00 - 16.00

Oxford Stanza 2 and Bonn-based Dada war alles gut are running two free creative poetry workshops to explore the theme of intrepid women. Booking essential - please call 01865 613031 to book your place. Then come along and release your inner poet!

Saturday 3 November, 10.30 - 16.30 (£100, includes all tuition, materials, sandwich lunch and behind the scenes tour of Conservation Lab)

Spend a day making a small basket from wild foraged grasses, using the universal basketry technique of coiling. You'll make a basket that's sturdy and perfect for storing eggs or other similar-sized objects. It'll get you looking at verges and lawns in a whole new way! The course is led by Ruby Taylor (Native Hands, Sussex). Suitable for all levels, including beginners. Limited spaces. Please ring 01865 613031 or email to book your place.

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.