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

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

Exploring the Collections at the Pitt Rivers Museum 1884-1945

by Chris Gosden and Frances Larson

Hardback Publication Date: 01/08/2007

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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.
ISBN:
9780199225897
9780199225897
Category:
History
Format:
Hardback
Publication Date:
01-08-2007
Language:
English
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Pages:
280
Dimensions (mm):
240x163x17mm
Weight:
0.62kg
Chris Gosden

Chris Gosden is Professor of European Archaeology at the University of Oxford. Previously he was curator and lecturer at the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford, where he encountered many magical objects displayed in a scientific manner.

Chris is a Fellow of the British Academy and the Society of Antiquaries, as well as a trustee of the Art Fund and the chair of trustees for Oxford Archaeology. He has written or edited eighteen academic books. This is his first trade book.

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