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Events in the history of the Pitt Rivers Museum that took place in 1889.

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Month Day Event Source of Information Notes
January No day  Tylor lectures on 'The Anthropology of the Higher Nations' in Hilary Term Alison Brown pers comm
April No day  Tylor lectures on 'The Anthropology of the Higher Nations - Aryans' in Trinity Term Alison Brown pers comm.
May 3 Beatrice Mary Blackwood born DNB entry
June 25 Henry Balfour reads paper on composite bows to Anthropological Institute, Pitt-Rivers present, Pitt-Rivers contributes to discussion and continues discussion in writing after meeting JAI 19 (1890): 213-215; 220-250 
June 16 Acland writes to Dean of Christ Church 'about the natural history collections 'so far as they progress study in Oxford'. Within natural science collections he includes zoology, comparative and human anatomy, ethnology and geology'. He excluded mineralogy ... It is therefore necessarily the centre from which the other departments branch – viz the study of extinct flora and fauna, in Palaeontology; with their relation to evolution and classification, in zoology and botany, and the wide range of Comparative + Human Anatomy, with Ethnology.The vast array of Fact & Law exhibited in series by each collection is therefore important for the Human Anatomist, the Physiologist, & the Geologist. It would therefore be fatal to the study of the organic world in Oxford should the collection be divided' 1885/1 History of OUMNH 1874-1902 Box 2, H.W. Acland correspondence
September 23 Balfour and Tylor give presentations on bows and arrows and a series of specimens illustrating savage methods of procuring fire respectively to the Conversazione of the “The Midland Union of Natural History Societies – Twelth Annual Meeting at Oxford” in the OUMNH Frances Larson pers comm
October No day  Tylor lecture on the 'Development of Religions' in Michaelmas Term Alison Brown pers comm.
November 6 Article published in Oxford Magazine about important additions to the collections from W.M. Flinders Petrie, Haworth and Kennard PRM ms collections PRM papers Box 1
Unspecified Museum Maintenance of Collections Fund first mentioned in a Annual Report. It is not clear where this funding comes from (presumably the University?) Relational Museum timelines / Annual Report 1889
Unspecified Displays worked on during the year: none recorded in detail but mostly work in Lower Gallery has been carried out Relational Museum timelines / Annual Report 1889
Unspecified Tylor gives 10 Gifford lectures at University of Aberdeen 1889-90 and 1890-91 winters Relational Museum timelines
Unspecified The Tylors travel to Russia, Norway, Sweden, Poland, and Germany Megan Price pers comm.


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