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"Surviving Tsunami" Exhibition & Photo Store Tour @ Pitt Rivers Museum

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"Surviving Tsunami" Exhibition & Photo Store Tour @ Pitt Rivers Museum

Time: December 17, 2013 from 11am to 3pm
Location: Pitt Rivers Museum
Street: Parks Road
City/Town: Oxford
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Event Type: group, visit, for, icon, members
Organized By: ICON Photographic Materials Group
Latest Activity: Aug 24, 2021

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Event Description

ICON Photographic Materials Group
“Let’s Talk About Photography” – A Visit to “Surviving Tsunami” Exhibition, Cellulose Nitrate Project and Photo Store Tour at the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford

Tuesday 17 December, 11:00 – 15:00

The Pitt Rivers Museum cares for the anthropology and world archaeology collections of the University of Oxford. The Museum is known for its unique collections originating from all parts of the world, as well as its method of display – with objects arranged according to type – within a renovated, environmentally-controlled building.
The “Surviving Tsunami” exhibition highlights a volunteer-led project in Japan to salvage and conserve historic photograph collections after two museums and a library in Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, were destroyed in the 2011 tsunami.
The Museum’s Photograph Collections Store Rooms are normally hidden from public view, but provide an excellent example for museums holding small but important collections of historical photographic material.

This is a rare opportunity to look around the exhibition with the curator, as well as to see “behind the scenes” of the Museum.

This is a free event (booking required) for all ICON members, limited to a maximum of 10 delegates. Please prepare to cover the cost of own transport and lunch.

11:00 Registration, Coffee and Biscuits
11:30 Introduction to the Exhibition (Philip Grover – Curator of the “Surviving Tsunami” exhibition) – Browse exhibition with the Curator
12:30 Tour of the Photo Stores (Christopher Morton – Curator of Photograph Collections), Introduction to ongoing Cellulose Nitrate deep-freezing project (James Harris, Project Conservator)
13:15 Leave the museum
13:30 Lunch, drink and discussion at the Royal Oak pub (Optional)
Around 15:00 Call for the day
If you wish to join for lunch after the visit, please choose what you would like to order from the menus below. (Deposit of £10 per head required in advance) The pub serves Christmas course as well as normal dishes on the day.

Please contact Saya Miles: for booking and further details of the event.

Saya Miles
Acting Archive Conservator, Photographic Materials
English Heritage Archive
The Engine House
Firefly Avenue
Swindon, SN2 2EH
t: 01793 414748

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Comment by AidenJeffries on August 24, 2021 at 10:15

A great exhibit that still works today. Some highlights from this event described in The Lost Ways Book. I recommend reading this book.

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