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Knowing Things: Exploring the Collections at the Pitt Rivers Museum 1884-1945



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Knowing Things: Exploring the Collections at the Pitt Rivers Museum 1884-1945 by Chris Gosden
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This book explores the early history of the Pitt Rivers Museum and its collections. Many thousands of people collected objects for the Museum between its foundation in 1884 and 1945, and together they and the objects they collected provide a series of insights into the early history of archaeology and anthropology. The volume also includes individual biographies and group histories of the people originally making and using the objects, as well as a snapshot of the British Empire. The main focus for the book derives from the computerized catalogues of the Museum and attendant archival information. Together these provide a unique insight into the growth of a well-known institution and its place within broader intellectual frameworks of the Victorian period and early twentieth century. It also explores current ideas on the nature of relationships, particularly those between people and things.

Author Biography

Chris Gosden has worked in the Pitt Rivers Museum since 1994 as a curator/lecturer, having previously held a lectureship at La Trobe University Melbourne. He has just been elected Professor of European Archaeology, Oxford. He has carried out fieldwork in Papua New Guinea, Turkmenistan and various parts of Europe. He has published on museum collections, archaeology and colonialism and the links between archaeology and anthropology. He is currently starting a project on Englishness and one on late Iron Age art. Frances Larson completed a D. Phil. on the collection of Sir Henry Wellcome, which she is now writing up as a book. She continues to carry out research on the history of anthropology, museums and material culture.
Release date NZ
August 1st, 2007
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
100 illustrations, tables
Oxford University Press
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