Walrus Sails & Sausage Skins | University of Oxford

Walrus Sails & Sausage Skins

Event date
Event time
14:30
Venue
Pitt Rivers Museum
South Parks Road
Oxford
Oxfordshire
OX1 3PP
Venue details

Entry via the Oxford University Museum of Natural History

Event type
Family-friendly
Event cost
Free
Disabled access?
Yes
Booking required
Required

The Pitt Rivers Museum cares for a sail from an umiak, or women's boat, collected from an Inuit group in the Hudson Strait in 1824. The sail is unique is that it is made from strips of dried intestine, sewn together to make a large square sail - it is the only known example in a museum collection. Due to the size of the object and the very fragile material, it is not possible for the object to be on long-term display. Creating a rare opportunity for our visitors to see this important and fascinating object, the Conservation team have retrieved the sail from the stores and will have it out on display for several days in June. They will be on hand to talk about this special material and the work they have carried out to preserve this unique artefact.