Talks, Tours & Workshops

10 September, 11.00-12.00 & 14.00-15.00

An Oxford Open Doors event

Join Photograph Collections curatorial staff for a ‘behind-the-scenes’ tour of the Pitt Rivers Museum’s dedicated research area. A special opportunity to receive a guided tour of the climate-controlled storerooms and to view collections highlights, including albums by Wilfred Thesiger.

Free but booking essential | Book this session

Saturday 17 September, 14.00 to 16.30 (Lecture Theatre)

COLLECT: The final in a series of workshops featuring the Museum's collections, while focusing on different aspects of photography.  Run by curatorial staff, this session will include talks and handling sessions exploring the theme of collecting practices, from the personal album to institutional methods, and how these processes have shaped the Museum's collections over the past 100 years.

Price: £16 | Book this workshop

17 September 14:30 – 15:30 (Clore Balcony)

Paul Griffith, co-author of A Guide to the Japanese Stage, will speak about the history and traditions of kabuki theatre.

15 October 14:30 – 15:30 (Clore Balcony)

Documentary photographer Stephanie Berger has photographed some of the world’s leading performers in the fields of theatre and dance for over twenty-five years. This talk will provide an insight into her work. Some of her photographs are currently on display in the Museum’s Long Gallery exhibition Kabuki ‑ Behind the Scenes.

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.