On Friday, 3 February, Year 8 went to the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford to see real life examples of patterns and cultural artefacts, to support our art and textiles projects. The Pitt Rivers Museum displays the archaeological and anthropological collections of the University of Oxford, it is believed to house over 500,000 items, which are grouped by type rather than by age or geographic source. We explored the three floors choosing particular items of interest and then drew them or made them out of paper. We learnt about the history of the museum and how they changed the roof from glass to wood as the sunlight was fading and damaging the fabrics. There were old musical instruments, fascinating masks, tattooing and body art ideas, beadwork, weapons and wooden/stone sculptures from all around the world. We all had a very enjoyable day.
Elizabeth & Rhiannon Y8
A gallery of photographs taken on the trip can be view here.