Religion in Museums

When museums and religion collide

Small Blessings at the Pitt

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The Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford is maddening – they seem to get everything right. Latest really imaginative idea was ‘Small Blessings’ – a project to catalogue and promote 2500 of the huge de Mortillet collection of amulets the Pitt acquired in 1985. The project has its own website at which is WELL worth exploring. (I tried to include a screenshot to cheer up this post, but the program wouldn’t allow it). Not only is there a wonderful database, useful bibliography and so on – one would expect these – but there are eight short videos which add up to an excellent introduction to collections management in museums, a public competition discovering all sorts of present-day amulets, a museum amulet-trail, a blog, and videos of interviews with an art critic, artist and Catholic priest, each exploring a different understanding of amulets. Enjoy!


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