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Events in the history of the Pitt Rivers Museum that took place in 1853.

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Month Day Event Source of Information Notes
February 17 University appointed a Delegacy to prepare description of museum buildings required for new museum at Oxford and to submit the description to an architect in order that a report could be submitted to Convocation. Members of the Delegacy included Acland, Walker, Donkin, Strickland, Greswell and various Heads of Houses. Secretary was M.H. Story-Maskelyne Vernon, 1909: 52 
June? First examinations held in Final Honours School for Natural Sciences Vernon, 1909: 48
December No day 4 acres of land purchased from Merton College for new Museum of Natural History [hereafter known as OUMNH] besides Parks Road, Oxford for £4000. Relational Museum website and Learn More on OUMNH website [Fox, 1997: 650]; Vernon 1909: 53
Unspecified John Phillips appointed as Deputy Reader in Geology DNB entry
Unspecified Acland publishes A Synopsis of the Physiological Series in the Ch. Ch. Museum Davies and Hall 1975 Zoological Collections
Unspecified Tylor visits Switzerland, Italy and Croatia Relational Museum timeline; Megan Price pers comm
Unspecified University appoints a Committee to plan the University Museum, this committee including Acland and other heads of departments Davies and Hull 1975 Zoological Collections


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