Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery

Exeter's Royal Albert Memorial Museum
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Fully refurbished after a multi-million pound redevelopment, the new displays showcase the collections and collectors that have helped RAMM to become one of Britain’s finest regional museums.

They tell the story of Exeter and Devon from the prehistoric to the present but, more than a local museum, its internationally important world cultures and natural history collections also tell a story of global exploration and collecting in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Original architectural features have been revealed allowing visitors to experience the splendour of the original Victorian spaces. The extension includes a suite of modern, flexible exhibition galleries allowing RAMM to bring to the South West prestigious loans and exhibitions from national partners. Modern services improve the care of visitors and the collections alike.

A new garden entrance links the Victorian museum to its historic surroundings and the neighbouring gardens. The area is one of only five sites classified by English Heritage as an Area of Archaeological Importance.

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This museum has a Designated Collection of national importance.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery

Opening hours

10am to 5pm every day except Mondays and bank holidays.

Admission charges

RAMM entry is free.

The world cultures collections at this museum are Designated Collections of national importance.

The Royal Albert Memorial Museum collections contain important items from cultures in every continent outside Europe.

Items from this collection

Collection details

World Cultures, Natural Sciences, Fine Art, Decorative and Applied Art, Costume and Textiles, Coins and Medals, Archaeology

Key artists and exhibits

  • Designated Collection
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Post Eleven Speaking, oil on canvas, about 1941-1942 by Leighton Hall Woolatt

Exeter’s Fine Art: Modern

  • 12 September 2017 — 29 April 2018 *on now

This diverse selection features two works by the British Pop Art movement artist Brian Rice which are shown for the first time, having been gifted to RAMM through the Art Fund. Other works include Barbara Hepworth’s remarkable figurative drawing Preparation, Leighton Hall Woolatt’s Post Eleven Speaking and Patrick Heron’s Two Vermilions, Green and Purple in Red.
RAMM’s art collection is rich and varied. It consists of over 7,000 paintings, prints, drawings, watercolours, miniatures and sculptures, dating from the 1400s to the present day. The collection includes donations from individuals, bequests and purchases. The display changes to show a range of RAMM’s artworks.
RAMM’s fine art collection can be explored online at: http://bit.ly/RAMMFineArt.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=eventtimes&ev=32704

Photograph of Simin Eivazi's artwork, embroidered digital camouflage fabric

Simin Eivazi -The Promised Lands

  • 26 September 2017 — 25 March 2018 *on now

The Promised Lands, (2013 to Present) Work in Progress
Digital camouflage army jacket worn by a U.S. soldier in the Iraq War, traditional Persian Sermeh Douzi embroidery with beads, bullion and metal threads.

Simin Eivazi is an Iranian born American feminist multidisciplinary cultural practitioner currently living and working in London. She obtained her BFA in sculpture from California College of the Arts in San Francisco and completed her MA in art and politics at Goldsmiths, University of London as a Jack Kent Cooke scholar.
Her artistic practice explores possibilities to critically respond to the politics of sovereignty, conflict and terror through investigating the poetics of identity, dislocation, religion and femininity. The notion of body is a crucial layer to her practice; hence, both the absence and presence of the body are materialized through the performative aspect of her projects. She explores various forms and materials such as, ceramics, textiles and poetry as well as found objects that contain certain histories or philosophies where their past contents become relevant to the present or those of the future.

Suitable for

  • Any age
A small black and red lady's accessory

Keeping up Appearances

  • 21 November 2017 — 20 May 2018 *on now

Courtyard
On the Home Front during the First World War, women were encouraged to maintain a positive outlook and to dress well, especially when men returned from posts overseas. This small display will showcase a selection of pretty, decorative accessories worn for days out or for evening occasions.
Part of a four-year programme commemorating the First World War led by the Imperial War Museum this small changing display focuses on RAMM’s collections and the First World War’s impact on the South West.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=eventtimes&ev=34457

A photograph showing paint brushes and the Express and Echo logo

The Express & Echo Local Art Show

  • 13 December 2017 — 17 January 2018 *on now

The Express & Echo Local Art Show gives art groups and societies from Exeter and the surrounding areas the chance to display their members’ work in an exhibition at RAMM. Shortlisted entries are featured in the Express & Echo and readers are invited to vote for their favourite. This annual competition aims to recognise, reward and foster creativity in the city and surrounding area, and gives one group the opportunity to display their best work. The theme for the 2017 competition is Dartmoor, to complement RAMM’s main winter exhibition, Dartmoor: A Wild and Wondrous Region. Previous winners of the Express & Echo Local Art Show are: Flying Colours (2016), Topsham Art Group (2015), Sense (2014), Hive Art Group (2013) and Fairstream Arts (2012).

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=eventtimes&ev=29525

An oil paiting showing the wild, hilly green landscapes and turbulent river of Dartmoor

Dartmoor: A Wild and Wondrous Region

  • 22 December 2017 — 31 March 2018 *on now

Dartmoor has inspired generations of artists. This exhibition traces the story of Dartmoor, once described as a ‘dreary mountainous tract’ and later as the epitome of the picturesque. This transformation was largely brought about through the imagination of artists such as JMW Turner, Thomas Rowlandson and Samuel Palmer. The coming of the railways brought greater numbers of tourists to Exeter and Dartmoor. Locally based artists such as William and FJ Widgery catered for this market and made Dartmoor landscape art immensely popular. Artists’ interpretations of Dartmoor on railway posters and postcards contributed to this tourist trade. The artists in the exhibition have depicted the moor using a wide range of media including oil paintings, watercolours, engravings and early photographs. Works from RAMM’s collections are displayed alongside loans from British museums and galleries as well as rarely seen works from private collections. Dartmoor: A Wild and Wondrous Region is a partnership with Dartmoor National Park Authority, and forms one of the main public outcomes of the Heritage Lottery Fund Landscape Partnership-funded Moor than meets the eye project.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=eventtimes&ev=34454

Steffen Dam's glass-blown creatures in cylinders of glass

Specimens from an Imaginary Voyage

  • 2 January — 1 April 2018 *on now

This new commission by internationally-renowned Danish glass artist Steffen Dam seduces viewers into believing the glass cylinders contain real three-dimensional marine creatures. But this is an illusion. The blown-glass forms are not scientific replicas of anything found in nature; they come from Dam’s own biological universe. This piece was inspired by Percy Sladen’s historic collection of starfish and sea urchins and the gallery it stands in.
This commission has been supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, Art Fund and Friends of RAMM.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=eventtimes&ev=36418

Toy collector with her toys

What do you Collect? Toy Storer

  • 16 January — 1 April 2018 *on now

Finders Keepers? Gallery
The regularly changing display shares the passions of local collectors. This selection of vintage toy puzzles comes from a collection of more than 350. The collector is inspired by the striking use of colour and great design.
Display your collection
Do you have a collection that you would like to exhibit? E ramm@exeter.gov.uk.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=eventtimes&ev=36377

Woodland picture by George Shaw

George Shaw: My Back to Nature

  • 27 January — 8 April 2018

This series of new paintings and drawings was created by Turner Prize nominee George Shaw whilst in residence at the National Gallery as the Rootstein Hopkins Associate Artist. George had unrestricted access to explore the collection when the gallery was closed. Inspired by woodland scenes in the collection, these new works resonate with the artist’s experience of walking in the forest near his hometown as a teenager, with the feeling that ‘something out of the ordinary’ could happen at any time there, away from the supervision of adults.
George was inspired by the mythological woodland landscapes of artists including Titian and Poussin. He was interested in how their stories – often featuring violence, illicit sex and drunkenness – are not dissimilar to the way that people might behave in the woods today.
This exhibition is accompanied by the loan of two of the works that inspired Shaw during his National Gallery residency, a rare opportunity to view works by Piero del Pollaiuolo and Nicolas Poussin outside London.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 11-13
  • 16-17

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=eventtimes&ev=27822

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Exeter Quay and a snowy bridge in Yaroslavl

Exeter and Yaroslavl

  • 16 January — 1 April 2018 *on now

A photographic essay of two cities. Marija Lees from Exeter and Aleksei Lobanov from Yaroslavl, Russia, visited each other’s city last year to capture first-time impressions of each place and its people, from the perspective of an outsider.
They have used photography to build bridges, to connect different and faraway communities and cultures. The display aims to provide more insight into life in the two cities, their cultural heritage and the landscape of the surrounding regions.
Initiated by the Mayor of Yaroslavl and supported by the Exeter/Yaroslavl Twinning Association. For more information about Yaroslavl and its link to Exeter, visit www.eyta.org.uk or Facebook page Exeter Yaroslavl Twinning Association.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=eventtimes&ev=36419

Two people with a stuffed robin

Dementia-friendly object-handling

  • 17 January 2018 2-4pm

2 to 4pm, £15 (includes companion)
Touch and talk about objects reflecting winter, from snowy landscape paintings to a woollen Nigerian blanket.
Part of RAMM’s programme of Living Each Season dementia-friendly events, this activity is suitable for people with mild to moderate memory problems, accompanied by a friend, relative or carer. Led by specially-trained staff, and designed to be enjoyable for both people with dementia and carers, each visit begins with refreshments and ends with an illustrated information sheet to take home and carry on the conversation. Numbers are limited to ensure the best possible experience, so please book in advance.
Discounts and subsidies - Your first session is free while funds are available, please mention when booking. Limited disabled parking is available. For more information and about subsidies: T 01392 265305 E ruth.gidley@exeter.gov.uk,
Tickets are available online or from the Royal Albert Memorial Museum reception in person or by phone using a credit or debit card on 01392 265858 during opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£15 (includes companion)
Discounts and subsidies - Your first session is free while funds are available, please mention when booking.

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/index.php?s=EXETER_RAMM&p=tickets&perfCode=1668&ev=25529

A Dartmoor scene

Dartmoor and the Artistic Imagination

  • 17 January 2018 11am-12pm

In this gallery tour, hear some of the stories behind the paintings in the exhibition Dartmoor: A Wild and Wondrous Region, with exhibition curators Peter F Mason and Tom Cadbury. Following the tour there will be tea and coffee and a chance to ask questions.
One of a series of activities linked to Dartmoor: A Wild and Wondrous Region, a partnership exhibition with Dartmoor National Park Authority, sponsored by Dartmoor Preservation Association, Tozers Solicitors and Hawksmoor Investment Management.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£8 (£6)

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=tickets&perfCode=2004&ev=36385

George Shaw's back as he looks at one of his paintings

Meet the artist: walk and talk

  • 6 February 2018 12:30-1:30pm

What was the inspiration behind My Back to Nature? Join artist George Shaw for a walk around the exhibition George Shaw: My Back to Nature to explore and discuss. The ticket price includes tea, coffee and cake.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£8 (£6)

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=tickets&perfCode=2023&ev=36507

Wizard Keen demonstrating Minecraft on a laptop

Minecraft Day

  • 10 February 2018 10:30am-4pm

Returning to RAMM for our second Minecraft Day, Wizard Keen and Friends will take you on an adventure into historic Exeter through a series of Minecraft activities, workshops and the immensely popular ‘build battle’.
Workshops and the ‘build battle’ are open to participants aged 6 to 12 years, and are bookable as a day ticket in advance. Space is limited so book early to avoid disappointment. There will also be a series of free drop-in activities.
These activities are designed for families. Participating children must be accompanied by an adult.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • Any age

Admission

£5
Free drop-in activities also available

Old painting of Exeter High Street scene

Ancient Houses in Exeter

  • 13 February 2018 6:30-8pm

Exeter people often talk of the sad losses of ancient buildings in the city; in fact, far more is left than is apparent upon casual inspection. This lecture by John Allan will give an account of the architectural history of housing in the city, from the late Norman period up to the reign of Queen Anne, emphasising new discoveries and pointing out features to look for when examining townhouses.
John is an eminent medieval archaeologist. For many years he was Curator of Antiquities at RAMM and then worked for Exeter Archaeology. He is now an independent consultant archaeologist.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£9

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=tickets&perfCode=1903&ev=34902

Presenter in top hat

Mr Mortimer’s Wild and Wondrous Time-Travelling Exhibition

  • 14 February 2018 10am-4pm

For one day only, Mr Mortimer will be bringing his Victorian time-travelling exhibition to Exeter. Take part in activities for all the family and gasp as you help reveal the secrets of 4,000 years of life on the moor.
One of a series of lively family activities linked to Dartmoor: A Wild and Wondrous Region, a partnership exhibition with Dartmoor National Park Authority, sponsored by Dartmoor Preservation Association, Tozers Solicitors and Hawksmoor Investment Management.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Three time travellers appear out of the smoke

Victorian Time Travellers Ball

  • 17 February 2018 7-11pm

Roll up for the adventure of a lifetime inside Exeter’s only genuine time machine – RAMM.
Where else can you experience music, magic and mayhem while passing from Devon’s prehistoric past, through its meddlesome Middle Ages to its Vintage Victorian present?
For one night only, suspend your disbelief, leave your reality at home, and embrace the ‘now’ that may have been. Embark on a time-travelling green screen adventure, learn to street dance Steampunk style with Urbanflow, marvel at an authentic Victorian Magic Lantern show, and test your wits in a race against time to uncover the secret of the alchemist’s stone in an immersive and interactive game designed exclusively for RAMM by Red House Mysteries.
The Mechanisms, an immortal band of space pirates, will be performing their fourth album, the BiFrost Incident, described as “a cocktail of music, myth and mayhem set aboard a locomotive shot at faster-than-light speeds through a man-made wormhole”.
Additional musical mayhem will be exploding onto the scene from Hammer Horror-inspired Fey Pink and the Gaslight Troubadours.
With two themed bars – including the infamous Velvet Buccaneer – snacks, steampunk decor and entertainment galore, all eventualities are covered.
So, snap on those goggles, lace up those corsets, wind up those watches, and grab your tickets now… before you run out of time!
Steampunk, vintage or Victorian dress optional. For 18+
One of a series of activities linked to Dartmoor: A Wild and Wondrous Region, a partnership exhibition with Dartmoor National Park Authority, sponsored by Dartmoor Preservation Association, Tozers Solicitors and Hawksmoor Investment Management.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£24 (EARLY BIRD £20 by Sat 3 Feb)

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=tickets&perfCode=1946&ev=35818

Ruth Gidley providing a tour around the gallery space to an elderly couple

Dementia-friendly exhibition tour

  • 22 February 2018 10:30am-12:30pm

A friendly and relaxed tour of the exhibition Dartmoor: A Wild and Wondrous Region.
Part of RAMM’s programme of Living Each Season dementia-friendly events, this activity is suitable for people with mild to moderate memory problems, accompanied by a friend, relative or carer. Led by specially-trained staff, and designed to be enjoyable for both people with dementia and carers, each visit begins with refreshments and ends with an illustrated information sheet to take home and carry on the conversation. Numbers are limited to ensure the best possible experience, so please book in advance.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children
  • 18+

Admission

£15 (including companion).
Discounts and subsidies - Your first session is free while funds are available, please mention when booking. Limited disabled parking is available. For more information and about subsidies: T 01392 265305 E ruth.gidley@exeter.gov.uk
Tickets are available online or from the Royal Albert Memorial Museum reception in person or by phone using a credit or debit card on 01392 265858 during opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm.

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=tickets&perfCode=2022&ev=34500

Dartmoor Scene in technicolour

Dartmoor Film Festival

  • 7 March 2018 2-3:45pm
  • 14 March 2018 2-3:45pm
  • 21 March 2018 2-4pm
  • 28 March 2018 2-4:45pm

In celebration of the exhibition Dartmoor: A Wild and Wondrous Region, RAMM has teamed up with Exeter Phoenix to showcase a series of films that have been shot on or inspired by Dartmoor. Each performance will include an introductory talk.
Hound of the Baskervilles (1959)
Wed 7 Mar, 2 to 3.45pm
RAMM Gallery 20
Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson are enlisted to protect Sir Henry Baskerville from the legendary Dartmoor hound that caused the death of his uncle.
This film is the first colour feature of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s legendary sleuth and Terence Fisher’s adaptation is a stylish and intriguing mystery.
A Cottage on Dartmoor (1929)
Wed 14 Mar, 2 to 3.45pm
Exeter Phoenix
A classic silent drama, told in flashback, about an escape from Dartmoor Prison by a man who has sworn revenge on his rival in love. An embroiled melodrama, a tale of love and revenge set on the beautifully captured landscape of the moor.
The Farmer’s Wife (1928)
Wed 21 Mar, 2 to 4pm
RAMM Gallery 20
This silent romantic comedy, the first film version of Eden Philpotts’ play The Farmer’s Wife, was directed by Alfred Hitchcock. The story revolves around a rugged widowed farmer (Samuel Sweetland) in search of a new bride, who realises that his ideal mate has been under his nose the whole time. Hitchcock’s seventh feature film is a wonderfully crafted, charming comedy of rural manners.
War Horse (2011)
Wed 28 Mar, 2 to 4.45pm
Exeter Phoenix
Based on Michael Morpurgo’s book, and filmed largely on Dartmoor, War Horse follows the journey of a horse named Joey as he moves through the sweeping canvas of Europe during the First World War, changing and inspiring the lives of all he meets. Steven Spielberg’s soaring spectacle is an unapologetic emotional rollercoaster that wonderfully captures the rural English landscape.

Admission

£7 per film

Website

http://www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/film/

Two people drawing with a crayon

Dementia-friendly Art Making

  • 22 March 2018 10:30am-12:30pm

A hands-on creative activity: using the In Fine Feather gallery as inspiration, we will create a piece of bird-printed cloth.
Part of RAMM’s programme of Living Each Season dementia-friendly events, this activity is suitable for people with mild to moderate memory problems, accompanied by a friend, relative or carer. Led by specially-trained staff, and designed to be enjoyable for both people with dementia and carers, each visit begins with refreshments and ends with an illustrated information sheet to take home and carry on the conversation. Numbers are limited to ensure the best possible experience, so please book in advance.
Discounts and subsidies - Your first session is free while funds are available, please mention when booking. Limited disabled parking is available. For more information and about subsidies: T 01392 265305. ruth.gidley@exeter.gov.uk

Tickets are available online or from the Royal Albert Memorial Museum reception in person or by phone using a credit or debit card on 01392 265858 during opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£15 (includes companion)

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=tickets&perfCode=2028&ev=34501

Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery
Queen Street
Exeter
Devon
EX4 3RX
England

Website

RAMM's home page

www.rammuseum.org.uk

E-mail

ramm@exeter.gov.uk

Telephone

01392 265858

Fax

01392 421252

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