The University of Oxford's Pitt Rivers Museum is unlike any other. Founded in 1884, it houses within an atmospheric building more than 500,000 objects, photographs and manuscripts from all over the world, and from all periods of human existence. Within these are exceptional objects of ritual significance, and objects made for tourists or trade. The Museum has consciously cultivated its characteristic layout: artefacts are arranged by type into a ‘democracy of things’, rather than by time or region. This reveals fascinating distinctions and parallels across cultures, and encourages questions about the ways in which humanity tackles problems, and creates, understands and embraces life across the world.
The Museum displays archaeological and ethnographic objects from all parts of the world, along with an extensive sound and photographic archive, as well as the Balfour Library. It also has extensive online collections, and various ongoing research projects.
Please visit https://www.prm.ox.ac.uk/