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Project Details

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Project Name: 
The Relational Museum
Principal Investigator / Director: 
Chris Gosden
Oxford participants: 
Haas Ezzet (Main Contact); Alison Petch
Other Participants: 
not specified
  • Division: Academic Services
  • Unit: Pitt Rivers Museum
  • Sub-Unit: not specified
Start Date: 
2002
End Date: 
2006
Partner organizations (inside or outside Oxford): 
not specified
Funder: 
ERSC
Subject Area: 
Anthropology
Project Description: 

This project charts the history and nature of the relations composing the Pitt Rivers Museum through analysing the history of its collections. Ethnographic museums used to be seen as 'us' studying 'them'. A more productive approach is to view museums as trans-cultural artifacts composed of relations between the museum and various kinds of communities. The Museum is convinced that collections represent an unusually rich source for writing the histories of institutions, disciplines, individuals and communities. We see the project as having model value for research in other ethnographic, archaeological and social history collections.

The website aims to give information about the history of the Pitt Rivers Museum [PRM] from before its foundation in 1884 to the present day (mainly concentrating on the period up to 1945), its collections and staff. The site also gives access to the detailed statistics produced during the research project which show where the collections came from, what types of artefacts are included and information about the individuals who contributed to the Museum.

ICT Methods: 
CategorySub-HeadingsDetails
CollaborationCollaborative interactionTextual interaction (asynchronous)
Data CaptureImage capture2d Scanning and photography
Data publishing and disseminationWeb developmentGeneral website development
Data structuring and enhancementOther Data ProcessingCoding and standardisation
Last updated: 
25/06/2015 16:25:02
Updated by: 
martinw@ox.ac.uk