Exploring the Collections at the Pitt Rivers Museum 1884-1945
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Knowing Things by Chris Gosden
Book DescriptionThis 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199225897
(240mm x 163mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 13-Dec-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Sensible Objects, Paperback (July 2006)» View all books by Chris Gosden
Anthropologists of the senses have long argued that cultures differ in their sensory registers. This book applies this idea to material culture and the social practices that endow objects with meanings in both colonial and post colonial relationships. It challenges the privileged position of the sense of vision in the analysis of material culture.
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Author Biography - Chris Gosden
Frances Larson completed a D. Phil. on the collection of Sir Henry Wellcome, which she is now writing up as a book. She continues to carry out research on the history of anthropology, museums and material culture.
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