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Pitt-River Museum, Farnham, Dorset
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This Museum was built in 1880 by Lieutenant General Pitt-Rivers. It contained anthropological and social history collections, as well as archaeological objects from Cranborne Chase and elsewhere. It was surrounded by the Larmer Grounds, which gave visitors a large range of leisure activities. There was an art gallery, a bandstand, Indian houses bought from the Great Exhibition, golf links, a racecourse, an open-air theatre, picnic facilities and an enclosure containing exotic wild animals. Pitt-Rivers aimed to make the museum an attraction for a very large audience and to offer something different from other museums. The museum existed until the 1960s. A part of the collection can still be seen in Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum. He gave his main collection to Oxford University and the Pitt-Rivers Museum in Oxford was opened in 1884. Read official list description.
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Copyright: Mr Peter Letcher LRPS. Source English Heritage.NMR
Reference: 103642
Location: Dorset >> Farnham Date Taken: 30 March 2004
Period: Victorian (1837 - 1901)
Keywords: museum, archaeology, Victorian (1837 - 1901)
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