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 http://web.prm.ox.ac.uk/amulets 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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