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Weaponry project receives grant
Battle shield from Papua New Guinea - Pitt Rivers Museum
The museum holds a huge collection of weapons and armour
One of the country's leading museums of archaeological treasures has been given 98,571 for a project focused on weaponry and armour through the ages.

Curators at Oxford's Pitt Rivers Museum said the collection ranges from a set of Japanese Samurai armour to a riot shield donated by Thames Valley Police.

Spokesman Michael O'Hanlon said the grant would make "these wonderful collections even more accessible".

An exhibition of the weaponry will be on display in the Upper Gallery.

The museum was founded in 1884 when General Pitt Rivers gave a collection of more than 18,000 artefacts to the University of Oxford.

Its collections include 150 objects collected on Captain Cook's second voyage to the South Pacific.

A new extension is currently being built and will open in 2007.

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