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

Hardcover | December 13, 2007

byChris Gosden, Frances Larson

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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 ofarchaeology 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 attendantarchival 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 thosebetween people and things.

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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 ofarchaeology and anthropology. The volume also inclu...

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 m...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:296 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.67 inPublished:December 13, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199225893

ISBN - 13:9780199225897

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Table of Contents

1. What is a Museum?2. Museum Ethnography: the Field Site and our Informants3. Participatory Anthropology: Museums as Emergent Entities4. Objects collect people: Past Perspectives on the Mind and the Material World5. Collecting Rhythms: Typological Methods in Archaeology and Anthropology6. Material Anthropology: Generating Knowledge in the Museum7. Beyond the Boundaries of the Museum: Disciplinary Reconfigureation at Oxford8. The Pitt Rivers Museum Stretched Out: Collecting in the Field9. Spatial Transformations: Representing the World at the Pitt Rivers Museum