Monday, 6 August 2012
5th July. Induction at the Pitt River Museum.
On my first official day at the Pitt Rivers I got a behind the scenes induction. I met walrus-gut-sail-restoring conservationists, who told me tales of inflating sausage skins to giant sizes. I stumbled upon archivists as they prized open rusted tea tins to reveal haunted amulets and charms, which had lain unseen for 80 years. I heard field recordings of sweet coos and distant hollers from the Louis Sarno Archive of BayAka Pygmy Music. What a wonderful place!
Glowing with excitement viewing the Wax Cylinders in the PRM Sound Archive.
Me, Dr Noel Lobley (Ethnomusicologist and Reel to Real Project Officer) and Dr Chris Morton (PRM Curator and Reel to Real Project Manager).
In-front of my favorite objects! - The Pigeon Whistles - More about this later!
Jeremy Uden (PRM Senior Conservator) and Misa (Conservation Intern, UCL), inspecting the walrus intestine sail of an Esquimaux woman's boat from Hudson's Strait. Sausage blowing experts!