There are three books in the series the Paradox Child series, which are based in Oxford UK and use many real items from 💟 The Pitt Rivers Museum in them.
Set in the 1980’s most of the drama for this time travelling adventure is set in the Pitt Rivers Museum Oxford UK.
The first of a series of three. All published. This series is a good introduction to steampunk. Also contains Magic, Therianthropy, Sci fi and time travel.
Lilly’s family has an extraordinary secret, one they have kept for four generations. Lilly’s proud to be different and special. At Halloween she’s happy to stay at home and cast spells with her mum and her Grandmother rather than go out trick or treating like the other kids. At 12 years old, she thinks she knows it all.
About the second book in the Paradox Child Series
Therianthropy is the second book in the Paradox Child Series.
Lilly continues her time travelling adventures from the secret floor underneath The Pitt rivers Museum Oxford City UK.
There are new characters and some of the old ones that fell in the first book, may a comeback.
There are new magic spell, new steampunk items, and new romance.
As well as the much loved characters Mandy and Buster the spaniels.
This is a YA fictional book and although many of the characters are based on real people the story is made up.
This is the third and last book in the Paradox Child series.
This book has more romance in it that the other two.
There are new spells and new steampunk objects.
Anna’s story is contained, and more about the Wild West.
The Pitt Rivers
The collection was given to the University by Augustus Henry Lane-Fox Pitt Rivers in 1884.
He gave his collection on four conditions.
1. His name would appear over both sides of the door way.
2. There would be a person to teach about the collection. This was henry Balfour, who the library named after.
3. The objects were displayed by type and not by age and country origin as in other museums.
4. most importantly that his building should be provided to house the collection and not used for any other purpose.
The neo-Gothic building which originally had a partial glass roof until the 80’s. Is made from a cast iron work frame which was a pioneering development of the time. Commonly used in railway buildings.
Out of the 30,000 objects from the original collection, only 10 percent of his original collection on display. The rest is stored in two off site locations. And it has grown to such a size from donations around the world that’s if the museum collection was lost it could be replaced twice over.
the black cases are the original ones and many of the hand written labels also. What many people do not realize on there first visit is that many of the draws under the cabinets open.
number 3 on my tour you will see that some scarab beetles in draws to find later.
Pitt Rivers was christened Augustus Henry Lane Fox he born at Hope Hall, Yorkshire on 14 April 1827 and joined the army attending Sandhurst then the Grenadier Guards. He served in many places and even fought in the Crimean War.
At 55, with the rank of Lieutenant-General he inherited the Rivers estate and name from his great uncle, were he inherited the name Pitt Rivers.
He was asked by the army to improve upon a riffle, he collected many examples to compare. the top floor of the museum is full of weapons from around the world.
As you can see from the above clip, the wooden people in the case move forward and point when a English pound coin is put in the slot. It also makes a rattly bell sound as the figures forward. The eyes also light up, giving a creepy experience.
There is also a motion sensor that is just next to the slot which now works with a timer to operate the machine when some one passes. It is powered by electricity but the inventor Tim Hunkin used many re-claimed things when he made the machine.
Tim made the wooden people who are all famous anthropologists who have a connection with the museum since its opening in 1861 .
Pitt Rivers who is shown dressed in his General’s uniform. He donated the collection.
Robert Rattray showen with goggles. He was a hunter, photographer and pilot
Makereti shown with beads. Fist Maori student in UK
Henry Balfour who is shown as a thin tall man with a hat. He was first curator of the Pitt Rivers Museum.
Dr Schuyler Jones shown carrying a bag. He was the former Director of the Pitt Rivers Museum and its rumoured that the Indiana Jones character was based on him.
Edward Tylor shown with beard. First Anthropology lecturer UK
Beatrice Mary Blackwood who is shown at the front a plump lady. She went on dangerous field trips to New Guinea with her cat.
Mary Kingsley shown as tall thin lady. She led quite life up to 30 and then travel Africa collecting for the museum.
Tim made it all from recycled materials. The wood was easy to find and he scavenged all the motors and electronics from a local scrapyard.
He carved ll the people out wood using a band saw and used a bike chain and sprockets to make them move.
Tim was influenced by the museum collection as many of the items show how people around the world used the resources they had to make what they needed.
The moters are controlled by a microprocessor, which he found in a local scrapyards and programmed.
I have worked in the museum for a few years now and have seen people try to ass penny’s and even notes to make the machine work however it only takes English pound coins.
exchange rate 1 Pound = 1.50 Dollars
為替レート 1 英国のポンド = 178 Yen
The collection box collects £5,000 a year. Visitors love it.
In Book One, Paradox Child series Dennis who works as a front-of-house gallery attendant, tells the story about the frog who swam to the Haidi Gwaii island off the coast of Canada, and was nearly eaten by a bear.
It is carved from one tree. Beck carved separately then added. Cedar Wood, and the colours all had meanings.
Figures on the pole. human, Raven, frog and bear.
The Raven and Eagle are the clans, taken from the woman’s family’s linage witch was Raven.
It was caved to celebrate the adoption of a baby girl into the family. It was raised at Hindi potlatch ceremony.
Here is a short clip that my daughter Emily made about one of the storys of the Hindi people.
On the top of the pole are three watch men with hats on. the pole is positioned so it faces out to sea.
there hats were all taller when the pole was bought.
Cut off perhaps for transport or because the Hindi people thought the Pitt Rivers was not not such an import setting. As each ring marked was important.
This basket was made by a tribe of people called the Yekuana who come from the South American rain forest.
The Yekuana people are very spiritual, they believe that every person has another equal shadow spirit person that stays by them their whole life.
The sprits are not always well behaved and at times hard to control and they can take other forms too, normally an animal which could harm or even kill the person it shadowed.
The Yekuana have a legend that the first man from their tribe was made from mud and he had to escape by time travelling into another time to stop being killed by his invisible shadow spirit.
To protect themselves the Yekuana men weave the baskets that contain a pattern of their animal shadow in an attempt to appease it; however they still believe it could attack them at any time so they have to always be on their guard.
This basket has a monkey depicted in it. It is of its eyes.
Monkeys are often depicted in these baskets along with other creatures such as coral snake, jaguar, toad and bats.
They call this weaving of their shadow animal into the baskets,
The manipulation of the invisible.
They also sang sacred songs, used magic herbs and had body paint to protect them. The paint which they used to paint in long lines down the sides of their body had sacred meanings and magical properties.’
The Yekuana believed that painting their bodies was important; the paint distinguished them from other living things and also protected them, not only from the invisible spirits but also from snake bites and diseases.
When the Yekuana first met missionaries, they felt that they were stupid people, walking around without any paint on, unprotected.
The thing I like the best about the Yekuana is that no one dies of anything else, the only cause of death they will accept is that they have been killed or taken by the invisible spirits.