Ms Kanta

Voracious reader and DPhil candidate blogs about books and scholarly life.

Review: Northern Lights at the Pitt Rivers Museum

I review more than just books! Last Friday, I visited a special theme event at the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford. Alongside with about 4000 other visitors…

The Oxford Culture Review

Last Friday marked the start of the eight-week Oxford Christmas festival. Many museums opened their doors with special evening events, from a festival at the Ashmolean to a moon-themed evening at the Museum of the History of Science. By far the most popular event, however, seems to have been Northern Lights at the Pitt Rivers Museum.

The event centred around all things Arctic, and the museum itself was to be shrouded in darkness, to be explored by torchlight. Most enticingly, the museum announced that the soundtrack playing that evening would include a voice-over of Philip Pullman reading from Northern Lights – the first instalment of his amazing His Dark Materials trilogy, the stage version of which was put on in Oxford just last week.

The Pitt Rivers had created its hype very carefully. To say that their publicity campaign was successful would be an understatement: 3500 people pledged to…

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