Icons of the past: An album of postcards from 1920s Brittany
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In this blog article, graduate student and summer intern Annabelle Hondier examines a unique album of commercial postcards of Brittany collected and compiled in the mid-1920s during a tour of the region by William Chauncy Cartwright. Analysing the ..read more
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Safeguarding our celluloid past: Care and identification of nitrate photographic film collections at the Pitt Rivers Museum
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In this blog article, curatorial assistant Oliver Anthony describes his work on a project to identify, digitise and conserve the Pitt Rivers Museum's assorted collection of nitrate film negatives. A volatile early photographic film type prone to eventual ..read more
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Barbie and other dolls at the Pitt Rivers Museum
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1y ago
With the release of Mattel’s new Barbie movie and a renewed public interest in dolls, it only felt fitting to share the Barbie that we have in the Museum’s handling collection alongside some of the dolls in the Object collection. Barbie and the Barbie ..read more
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On a portrait of King Taawhiao on display in the museum
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Portrait of King Taawhiao in the Pitt Rivers Museum's photograph collections [1998.189.2.2] Taawhiao (Tukaaroto Matutaaera) Pootatau Te Wherowhero By Nanaia Mahuta and Paul Meredith Taawhiao of Ngaati Mahuta was the ..read more
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Labelling Matters: The Role of Language in the Ethics of Representation
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1y ago
 “In January 1897 a small party of British officials and traders on its way to Benin was ambushed. In retaliation a British military force attacked the city and the Oba was exiled. Members of the expedition brought thousands of objects back to Britain ..read more
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Labelling Matters: The Cook Collection: Euphemisms and Omitted Contexts
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The Cook collection on display at the Pitt Rivers Museum ©  Pitt Rivers Museum  “Coloniality is what the narratives hide or disguise because it cannot be said explicitly” - Walter D. Mignolo The advent of globalization came with a promise of ..read more
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Documenting South India in the early twentieth century: Castes and tribes as photographed by Edgar Thurston
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In this blog article, graduate student and summer intern Devaki Vadakepat Menon analyses a collection of photographic prints made in South India at the beginning of the twentieth century. She researches the context of the prints' production, which was a ..read more
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The North through the eyes of another: Depicting Saami people in late nineteenth-century Norway
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Commercially produced print of a Saami man holding the reins of a domesticated and tethered reindeer on which sits a young child, captioned 'Lap med rensdyr'.Photographer unknown. Norway. Circa 1888.Copyright Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford ..read more
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