Users are asked to bear in mind that these are working databases that are constantly being updated. It is important to see how objects were perceived in the past; therefore we preserve all the information ever recorded. Some of this historic terminology is discriminatory and offensive. Please note that the databases include records for objects that are considered secret or sacred by some communities. Also please note that the objects and photography databases are optimised for desktop users only; we are working on mobile friendly versions.
This is a website about the development of museum anthropology as a discipline, and about the set of related museum artefacts, at the University of Oxford during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Augustus Henry Lane Fox Pitt-Rivers (1827-1900) was a soldier and collector, interested in anthropology and archaeology. This website is about him, and his collections.
Luo Visual History
Explore around 350 historical Luo photographs, the result of a collaborative project between the Pitt Rivers Museum and members of the Luo community of Nyanza Province, western Kenya.
The Tibet Album
6000 photographs spanning 30 years of Tibet's history. These extraordinary photographs are a unique record of people long gone and places changed beyond all recognition.
Photographs and Documents from Robert Hottot's Expedition to Central Africa