RUBBISH collected from around Oxford was transformed into homemade musical instruments at the Pitt Rivers Museum’s big summer event.

A recycled junk orchestra was set up as part of the Need Make Use day held outside the Oxford University Museum of Natural History in Parks Road on Saturday.

Music by Oxford’s group Sol Samba, The Junk Orchestra, and various arts and crafts stalls were among the activities from 11am until 5pm.

Sarah Oates, from Church Cowley Road, and her four-year-old daughter Maisy Knight were among the 160 people who attended the free event.

Maisy said: “I liked the museum, I made musical instruments and I liked the noise. It made horn noises.

“And I had my face painted as a cat.”

Maisy made a trumpet out of plastic bottles, and piping.

Director of The Junk Orchestra, Saul Eisenberg, said: “The instruments were made using rubbish collected mainly from Oxford like bottle tops from pubs, carpet tubing from shops and electrical wiring which was used as straps for the drums.

“Kids love it because they see all the possibilities opening up to them – they realise they can go home, build more and make more noise.

“The whole day went really well.”

The Pitt Rivers Museum message was about how people have to use the things they have to make the things they need.

Items from the museum collection were also on show.