Talks, Tours & Workshops

Saturday 27 May, 10.00 - 12.30 (Fully booked) & 14.00 - 16.30 (Places available)

Working with an array of foraged natural materials, dive into an experimental making workship building invented objects with artists Max Bainbridge and Abigail Booth of Forest + Found. Let your imagination run wild as you develop a piece that takes inspiration from the Pitt Rivers' collections. Working with yarn, willow, wood and clay, you will come away with an object that questions form and explores function. This workshop is part of our annual Artists in Residency Programme and is suitable for adults and accompanied young adults over 16. Refreshments will be available. Free but booking essential

Forest + Found are working with the Pitt Rivers Museum as part of the Heritage Lottery Funded VERVE project, a five year funded project of public engagement and collections display. The residency is in response to the newly displayed archaeology collections.

Thursday 1 June, 18.00 - 20.00

What is the Future of Objects? Forest + Found will lead this roundtable discussion with speakers from the V & A, Pitt Rivers Museum and Crafts Council. Looking at museum objects from prehistory to modern day, this interactive roundtable will discuss our changing relationships with the objects we use in our everyday lives, as our values and technologies alter. Free but booking essential. Refreshments will be available. 

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 FULLY BOOKED

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.