The project works with films by two pioneering anthropologists, Beatrice Blackwood and Ursula Graham Bower, shot in Papua New Guinea and India in the first half of the twentieth century. A documentary about the filmmakers, incorporating digitised footage from the archive films, connects the footage to the collections at the Pitt Rivers Museum.
A teaching DVD including interviews about the film material contextualizing British women of the era was made for
the museum. The representation of women and their identities in front of and behind the camera was explored by holding aide-memoir sessions for the elderly in and around Oxford to
prompt them to talk about their lives. Digital workshops for the young and elderly, and a conference opened to the public about the process of digitizing archives were also part of this project.
This new access to the Pitt Rivers Museum film archive has created links to other museums
for cross referencing of material and stimulating the living memories of
our ageing population.