I took a trip to Oxford today with my Shrine Project partner, Ben. With an aim to research arrangement of objects and collections, we visited the Pitt Rivers Museum and Natural History Museum. This should help us find a way of arranging my collections in a way that suits his clean and tidy way of life.
The Pitt Rivers museum turned out to be the most useful regarding the project. It was founded in 1883 by General Pitt Rivers who collected a few things himself but acquired most of the objects from auction houses or from other collectors, mainly travelers. The items are grouped by type or function and Rivers tried to put them in order of technical complexity in some cases. How the objects are labeled and stored in cabinets could be helpful when thinking of how to display my collection. All in all, a very worthwhile and enjoyable trip.
Posted by Julia Salotti