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Curators' Tour of Intrepid Women: Fieldwork in Action, 1910-1957 Exhibition

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Pitt Rivers Museum

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Tour of the exhibition Intrepid Women: Fieldwork in Action 1910 to 1957

at the Pitt Rivers Museum on the 26th of February 2019 5.30-7pm

with exhibition curators Zena Mcgreevy and Julia Nicholson

Join us for this last chance to visit the exhibition Intrepid Women: Fieldwork in Action 1910 to 1957 before it closes offered by exhibition co-curator and OATG Comittee member Julia Nicholson and her colleague Zena Mcgreevy. There will be an opportunity to view the display relating to six intrepid women, including the film extracts, have a tour and ask questions to two of the three exhibition curators. . There will be an opportunity to view the display relating to six intrepid women, including the film extracts, have a tour and ask questions to two of the three exhibition curators.

This exhibition focuses on six of the Pitt Rivers Museum’s most important female collectors and their fieldwork carried out between 1910 and the late 1950s. It is a unique opportunity to see objects and photographs resulting from their travels, as well as original archival material and film on display for the first time.

Why intrepid? The six women featured in this exhibition undertook groundbreaking fieldwork at a time when women were not expected to excel. They all defied conventions, travelling to places where ‘ladies’ didn’t go, learning local languages and establishing relationships across cultural barriers. These women were all leaders in different ways and many survived physical hardships in their research: one was nearly thrown overboard on a sea voyage to Mexico, and another ventured into literally uncharted parts of New Guinea. One was Maori, and became an extraordinary cross-cultural ambassador, while another led a resistance force of indigenous people from the Naga Hills in India against the oncoming Japanese forces during World War II.

The exhibition highlights the challenges and discriminations these women faced and celebrates their achievements through exploring their material legacies, while also acknowledging the inherent privileges many had as white Europeans. This provides a unique opportunity to see objects and photographs resulting from their fieldwork travels, as well as original archival material on display here for the first time. The exhibition is part of the University of Oxford’s programme marking the centenary of the Representation of the People Act 1918, which gave British women the right to vote. (Julia Nicholson, co-curator)

More information about the exhibition can be found here.


Location: Pitt Rivers Museum (South entrance, from South Parks road)

Time: from 5.30 pm, refreshments served after the tour.


Admission is free for OATG members, and £3 for non-members (payment at the door).

Please note advanced registration is essential!

Image: Exhibition view (copyright Pitt Rivers Museum).


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