Undreamed Shores

Frances Larson
Event date
Event time
18:00 - 19:30
Pitt Rivers Museum
South Parks Road
Venue details

Entry via South Door, Robinson Close, off South Parks Road.

Event type
Gallery tours / talks
Event cost
Free (Friends); £5 (Non-Friends); Online free but donations welcome
Disabled access?
Booking required

Anthropologist and author Frances Larson talks about her book Undreamed Shores: The Hidden Heroines of British Anthropology.

In the opening two decades of the 20th century, at a time when women were barely recognized at the University of Oxford, five women trained at the Pitt Rivers Museum and became Britain’s first professional female anthropologists.

Between them, they did pioneering research in Rapa Nui (Easter Island), Siberia, Egypt, the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, and the pueblos of southwest America. Through their work they challenged the myths that constrained their lives. Yet when they returned to England, they found loss, madness and regret waiting for them.

Talk organised by the Friends of Pitt Rivers Museum - everyone welcome. Doors open at 18.00 and refreshments will be served. Talk starts at 18.30.