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Project Details

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Project Name: 
The Other Within: Analysing the English collections at the Pitt Rivers Museum
Principal Investigator / Director: 
Alison Petch
Oxford participants: 
Other Participants: 
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  • Division: Academic Services
  • Unit: Pitt Rivers Museum
  • Sub-Unit: not specified
Start Date: 
2006
End Date: 
2009
Partner organizations (inside or outside Oxford): 
not specified
Funder: 
ESRC
Subject Area: 
Anthropology
Project Description: 

The Pitt Rivers Museum at the University of Oxford is one of the foremost ethnographic museums in the world. It is known for having many thousands of objects on display from all corners of the globe, and from all periods of history. However, it does have surprisingly large collections of artefacts, photographs and manuscripts from England

The team analysed the English collections of the museum, together with the history and motives of the people making the collections. This threw new light on what was being collected and on a variety of issues including the concept of 'survivals' within English culture. The overall aim of the project was to use a major museum collection, with its connected documentation, to throw light on the modern construction of Englishness. The changing structure of the English ethnographic and archaeological collections were analysed. One of the foci was on particular counties, especially Oxfordshire and Somerset. Archival resources were used to provide rich contextual information on the artefacts and the people who collected them.

One of the major outcomes of the project is this innovative website.

ICT Methods: 
CategorySub-HeadingsDetails
CollaborationResource sharing collaboration
Data CaptureImage capture2d Scanning and photography
Data analysisText AnalysisCollating
Data publishing and disseminationWeb developmentGeneral website development
Data structuring and enhancementText EncodingText encoding - presentational
Last updated: 
25/06/2015 16:25:02
Updated by: 
martinw@ox.ac.uk