Charles Seligman Beatrice Blackwood PRM Museum John Hutton Henry Balfour Edward Tylor Augustus Fox
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Introduction to the General History of the Museum

View of Pitt Rivers Museum court from east side of lower gallery looking west toward temporary exhibition area
Museum Court from east side of lower gallery looking west toward temporary exhibition area
(Detail of 1998.267.281.1, copyright PRM)

The research team has undertaken much research into the history of the Museum up to 1945. The Museum has published some general information about its history in its 'Souvenir Guide' (for sale in the Museum shop) but the attached timeline of key activities and events in the Museum up to 2006 may prove interesting.

The main (but not only) source of information for this timeline has been the published Annual Reports of the Museum, available since 1888. For this reason the content is somewhat arbitary, varying at times from the trivial (the presentation and display of photographs of the donor of the founding collection) to the substantial (successful applications for large museum-changing grants etc). In particular, paid staff in the Museum were few in number during the early years and are thus recorded in some detail whilst in more recent years the number of staff has risen substantially, as the Museum has been increasingly successful in grant applications, and staff reporting has shrunk accordingly.

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The financial support of this project by the ESRC is gratefully acknowledged.