Last weekend, we were at Oxford visiting a friend and gaming buddy who is now living there and working on her PhD. We had a great time meeting again – it’s just slightly to far to go there more frequently – and exploring the city. Among many other things there that are each worth visiting the city for, there was one thing that stood out from a gaming enthusiast perspective. Well, two things if you count my Monty Python Fluxx winning streak. The much bigger thing was the Pitt Rivers Museum.
The Pitt Rivers has an amazing collection of cultural items from all over the world, and just entering the exhibition room can be quite overwhelming. Above the ground floor, there is two galleries, and everywhere is full of display cases. The whole museum is slightly gloomy, adding to the air of mystery about the items and presumably protecting the pigment from bleaching out. The corridors between the cases are narrow, and the cases themselves are full of items, grouped thematically. There is everything from clothes to craftsmen’s tools to medical equipment to weapons, from everywhere in the world. It’s an amazing place, and I could have spend the whole day wandering around there.
The part that prompted me to take a bunch of photos to post here was… well, have a guess. On the lower gallery, there is a row of cases with toys and games that were just to beautiful not to take photos of. It turned out that many photos did not come out very well, due to the lighting conditions and reflections on the glass of the cases. But the ones that worked out are awesome, and to see the rest you can (and should) go there to see the whole collection.Trust me when I say it’s worth it.