The articles below provide some statistical background to the Pitt-Rivers collections. Note that these statistics were prepared in May-June 2010, before the prepared database had been fully proof-read. There may, therefore, be some slight under-representation or distortion of figures due to inaccurate transcription. Judging by the proof-reading that had been done by the time statistical analysis started, this factor will be very small.
A. NUMBER OF OBJECTS
B. CONTINENTAL BREAKDOWN OF OBJECTS
C. COUNTRY BREAKDOWN OF OBJECTS
4. Ranking of Countries within founding collection (by size of collection)
5. Ranking of Countries in second collection (by size of collection)
D. ARCHAEOLOGICAL OR ETHNOGRAPHIC OBJECTS?
3. Division breakdown for the founding collection, including continent / country and division
4. Division breakdown for the second collection, including continent / country and division
E. CLASS BREAKDOWN OF OBJECTS
F. BREAKDOWN OF OBJECTS INTO SPECIFIC KEYWORDS (NAMES) OF OBJECTS
G. BREAKDOWN OF OBJECTS BY MATERIAL THEY ARE MADE FROM
H. ITEMS FIELD COLLECTED BY PITT RIVERS
I. INDIVIDUALS & INSTITUTIONS
1. How many individuals and institutions were associated with the objects in the Pitt-Rivers' collections?
2. Breakdown of all the individuals and institutions associated with both Pitt-Rivers' collections
J. WHERE WERE OBJECTS PLACED BY PITT-RIVERS (SECOND COLLECTION ONLY)
K. HOW MANY OBJECTS WERE DISPLAYED AT BETHNAL GREEN MUSEUM
1. How many objects in the founding collection were displayed at Bethnal Green and South Kensington Museums before 1884?
L. WHEN WERE OBJECTS OBTAINED?
Note that you might also wish to look at the statistics prepared about the founding collection before 2006. These show how much more information is available about the founding collection in 2010 than was known then.
The use of statistics to examine the Pitt Rivers Museum collections is explored in the paper (PDF version below). We are very grateful to the Chair of the Museum Ethnographers Group and the editor of JME for allowing us to republish this article on this site