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.
People at Pride celebrations in Exeter

What do you collect? Exeter Pride

  • 10 April — 1 July 2018 *on now

Memorabilia collected over 10 years of Exeter Pride – the city’s annual celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT+) communities – illustrates a decade of change and progress. The rainbow of objects includes t-shirts, wristbands and event programmes.
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=38002

Teenage girl photographing an exhibit from the event

Machina: young people’s digital art

  • 17 April — 1 July 2018 *on now

During the project young people have created digital art including gif animations, digital paintings and installations using apps, smartphone technology, coding and other digital techniques alongside traditional media such as painting and printmaking. Some of the artworks were inspired by objects in RAMM’s collection.
See http://www.machinafestival.wordpress.com for details on the project, and the Machina festival taking place at RAMM and Exeter Phoenix on Sunday 22 April.
Funded by Daisi with an Arts Council England grant.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=eventtimes&ev=38003

Bold colourful text reading Alfies night out accompanied by an illustration of a sparrow

Alfie's Night Out

  • 20 April — 2 September 2018 *on now

Children’s book illustrator Victoria Byron has created a new book especially for RAMM’s 150th anniversary. Alfie is a sparrow who sits amongst the other birds in the gallery. One night, when the visitors have all left, something magical happens: the museum comes alive and Alfie goes exploring.

Victoria has created colourful illustrations of some of the museum’s well known objects, as well as a few that aren’t always spotted by visitors. The book takes children on a wonderful tour of RAMM.
The exhibition includes original illustrations from the book as well as Victoria’s sketchbooks, showing her inspiration and creative process.
Young visitors can create their own stories around characters from the book with our special puppet theatre. In another quiet corner, children can explore some of the books that their parents and grandparents read when they were young

Alfie’s trail
Pick up a leaflet from reception and follow Alfie to find out more about the museum objects in the book.
Meet Alfie’s creator
To celebrate the opening of the exhibition, join Victoria Byron the book's creator for Alfie's Explorers' Party on Sun 29 April 11am to 12.30pm in Gallery 22. (Add link to event page)

Suitable for

  • Any age
One of the paintings from the exhibition

Exeter's Fine Art Collection: Childhood

  • 8 May — 18 November 2018 *on now

Before the Enlightenment, children in art appeared as miniature adults. This is reflected in works such as James Gandy’s Matthew Pear, Sword Bearer of Exeter, and his Brother Philip Pear and Richard Cosway’s striking painting of Master Carew. Victorian works by Kate Greenaway such as The Stick Fire and The Garden Bench place emphasis upon childhood innocence and romanticism.
A key painting of this exhibition will be Age of Innocence by Joshua Reynolds, one of the most famous painters of the 18th century. This work is on loan from Plymouth City Museum as part of their ‘Art on Tour’ loan programme whilst the museum is closed for redevelopment.
Join the curator
Book your tickets for a curator-led tour of the exhibition on Thu 24 May, 1 to 2pm.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Gerald Laing, Sandra from the series Baby Baby Wild Things, 1968. Screenprint Circ.672-1968. Collection: Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Pop Art in Print

  • 12 May — 26 August 2018 *on now

Vibrant, sexy and very much of the moment, Pop Art reflected a fascination with the iconic status of celebrities and brands. Pop artists recognised the potential of prints to communicate ideas quickly and cheaply, creating art which both mirrored and critiqued the American Dream.
Drawing from the V&A's outstanding collection of Pop Art graphics, this is the V&A's first exhibition of Pop Art prints. Bringing together over 70 works by more than 30 artists, it offers a comprehensive and exciting view of artists working in this style from the 1960s to the early 2000s. Inspired by commercial graphics and popular culture, the movement generated an innovative and prolific culture of printmaking.
Exhibition organised by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
Books, prints and gifts celebrating Pop Art are available from the Shop at RAMM.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£4.50

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=eventtimes&ev=37995

360 degree shot of the RAMM's entrance gallery

Exeter in ceramics and RAMM in 360 degrees

  • 24 — 26 May 2018 *on now

Drop by to see a display of ceramics which has been inspired by objects in the museum’s collections. Working with ceramicist Emily Parr, emerging disabled artists from CEDA (Community Equality Disability Action) have created the work following visits to RAMM to seek inspiration.
Other members of CEDA have created 360 degree digital views of the museum and the process of creating the ceramics. Visitors are invited to view these through headsets.
This event is part of Art Week Exeter (AWE) which is the annual city-wide art festival. The programme of exhibitions and activities showcases the work of local artists as well as those who are nationally and internationally renowned.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=eventtimes&ev=38005

Jim Wileman at an exhibition

Behind the scenes at the museum

  • 3 July — 7 October 2018

We gave Jim a ‘backstage pass’ to see how RAMM’s exhibitions are put together, to observe curators at work and see the delicate conservation work in the labs. He went on the roof with the Building Services Officer, watched the meticulous cleaning of the galleries, and visited the museum storage to see some of the many objects which are not currently on display.
This exhibition is a chance to see the museum from a different viewpoint, and to celebrate RAMM, its collections and its people.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Website

https://www.rammuseum.org.uk

Image of collector with his record sleeves

What do you collect? For the record

  • 10 July — 30 September 2018

Finders Keepers? Gallery
This regularly-changing display shares the passions of local collectors. The latest display is selected from a total of around 3500 vinyl records. To accompany the Pop Art in Print exhibition the collector is showcasing some record sleeve artworks inspired by the Pop Art movement. The whole collection is inspired by a life-long love of music: the magic of vinyl, beautiful cover illustration and the stories written in the sleeve-notes and credits.…all this before you even hear the music.
Display your collection
Do you have a collection that you would like to exhibit? We would be love to hear from anyone who has a collection that could fill the case at RAMM, E ramm@exeter.gov.uk

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=eventtimes&ev=4004

image of mask

Bedwyr Williams at RAMM

  • 21 July 2018 — 28 April 2019

To celebrate 150 years of opening to the public, RAMM commissioned a new work from one of Britain’s most talented contemporary artists.
Bedwyr Williams is an artist, sculptor, writer, film-maker and stand-up comic. He studied at London’s Central St Martin’s School of Art and since graduating his work has been exhibited widely across Britain and Europe. In 2013 he represented Wales at the 55th Venice Biennale and in 2016 he was shortlisted for the prestigious ‘Artes Mundi’ International Art Prize.
Bedwyr works in various media including performance, video, sculpture and text, frequently exploring the friction between the deadly serious and banal aspects of modern life. His practice often satirises the role of the artist and curator by placing them in absurd scenarios. Frequently drawing from his life experiences, Bedwyr’s work offers a critique of our everyday world, while celebrating the obscure.
Bringing his renowned surreal sense of humour to bear, Bedwyr will populate the Queen Street foyer with an array of human faces all found on artefacts in RAMM’s collections. After decades of being examined in glass showcases, the objects will have a chance to get their own back by studying the visitors. Bedwyr will also be creating a video of the faces set within the context of Exeter and the museum’s history.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=eventtimes&ev=4003

black & white photo of a crowd of people

Devon Voices 1914-1918: Home Front Stories

  • 15 September 2018 — 6 January 2019

People in Devon experienced the First World War in many different ways. This exhibition uses first-hand accounts to explore Devon life during this extraordinary period. Through their own words meet men, women and children who lived and worked in the county, or found themselves here as a consequence of the war. The stories in this exhibition are those of real people. A farmer, a nurse, an entertainer, a young sailor and a policeman are just some of the people featured and their words tell of lives carried on through turbulent times.
These stories have been uncovered by modern-day Devon residents who explored local archives, museum collections and family records to bring these past voices to life. Explore how archives and objects tell these stories and discover how RAMM collected objects to record people’s experiences of the war years.
This exhibition marks the centenary of the First World War Armistice. A partnership project between RAMM and the Devon Remembers Heritage Project, it features archive material, images and objects from Devon Archives, the West Country Studies Library, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Imperial War Museum, local organisations and family collections.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Any age

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=eventtimes&ev=4017

Image of Canadian soldiers

Canadians in Devon 1914 – 1918: War Photographs

  • 21 September 2018 — 6 January 2019

Step back in time to RAMM in 1918, when the museum hosted this pioneering exhibition of Canadian war photography, now partially recreated a hundred years later.
As part of our First World War Armistice commemorations we explore why these powerful photographs came to Exeter, as well as Devon’s links with Canada and Canadian soldiers.
In 1914 Canada was not yet a sovereign nation, rather a dominion of the vast British Empire. Max Aitken (later Lord Beaverbrook), realised that publicising the bravery and skill of the troops would further Canada’s case for full nationhood, and embedded photographers and artists in the thick of the fighting in France. The resulting photographs, a mix of patriotic propaganda and shocking realism, were seen by thousands of Britons up and down the country, including in Exeter.
In October 1914, many of the Canadian troops disembarking at Plymouth, en route to fight for the ‘Mother Country’, were in fact British emigrants who had only recently left to build new lives in another corner of the Empire.
We are delighted to have worked with the National Gallery Canada, Libraries and Archives Canada and the Imperial War Museum to bring you this exhibition.

Suitable for

  • Any age
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.
Child participating in an arts and crafts activity

Little Explorers

  • 29 May 2018 10:30-11:30am

Art and craft activities inspired by RAMM's collections. Parents, grandparents and carers can enjoy quality time with their little ones in a friendly environment.
For under 5s and their families.
Book tickets directly from www.bookwhen.com/thecreationstationexeter.
T 0844 8244534 / 07925 653942

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6

Admission

£6 (Siblings £4)

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=eventtimes&ev=22331

Image of a Mummy Tomb from the collection

Ancient Egypt: Tours

  • 30 June 2018 12-12:30pm, 2-2:30pm
  • 4 August 2018 12-12:30pm, 2-2:30pm
  • 22 September 2018 12-12:30pm, 2-2:30pm

Learn about the background to the collection and visit the Tomb of Shep en-Mut. Each tour is limited to 8 people on a first come first served basis.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 0-4
  • 7-10
  • Family friendly

Admission

£2.50

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=eventtimes&ev=22402

Mummy

Ancient Egypt: Activities

  • 30 June 2018 11am-3pm
  • 4 August 2018 11am-3pm
  • 22 September 2018 11am-3pm

Learn and help with a re-enactment of the mummification of Shep en-Mut. Have a go at the addictive Ancient Egyptian game of Senet. Join the Scribe School and learn how to write in hieroglyphs.

Under 5s free.
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

  • Any age

Admission

£3

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=eventtimes&ev=22401

Behind the scenes tour

Behind the Scenes Tour: More in Store

  • 20 June 2018 2-2:50pm

Take a 50-minute behind the scenes tour. See some of the reserve collections and find out more about the conservation, display and storage of objects. If you are a wheelchair user please call 01392 265858 before booking tickets.
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

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

£5

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=eventtimes&ev=22335

RAMM exterior

Museum Full Site Tour

  • 6 June 2018 2-3pm

Take a 50-minute behind the scenes tour. See some of the reserve collections and find out more about the conservation, display and storage of objects. If you are a wheelchair user, please call 01392 265858 before booking tickets.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

Free but ticketed

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=eventtimes&ev=17768

Photographer Jim Wileman

Exeter photo walk with Jim Wileman

  • 25 May 2018 10:30am-1pm *on now

Join photographer Jim Wileman on a photo walk round Exeter. Learn how he engages with his subject, sets up a shot and makes the image come to life. Chat about equipment and techniques while practising taking your own photos.
This event is suitable for beginners as well as more experienced photographers who would like to pick up new tips. Bring your camera, whether it’s state-of-the-art DSLR or your mobile phone.
Jim Wileman’s exhibition ‘Behind the Scenes at RAMM’ is in Gallery 21 from 20 April to 2 May and in the Cafe from 3 Jul.
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+
  • 16-17

Admission

£8 (£6)

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=eventtimes&ev=37999

Children holding masks they made during our workshops

World Cultures mask-making

  • 30 May — 2 June 2018

Celebrate our re-designed World Cultures galleries by making a mask inspired by our collections from around the globe, one continent at a time.
Wednesday: Africa, Thursday: Asia, Friday: Americas, Saturday: Oceania.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10

Admission

£3

Children being told a story

Storytime in the Gallery

  • 30 May — 2 June 2018

Snuggle up in the World Cultures gallery and listen to guest readers tell stories from around the world. Complementing our mask-making activities, we will travel to a different continent each day:
Wednesday: Africa, Thursday: Asia, Friday: Americas, Saturday: Oceania (approx 20 mins per session)

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 0-4
  • 7-10

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=eventtimes&ev=38017

Phil Creek in the midst of drawing within a field

Annual Drecki Lecture: A Life in Art

  • 6 June 2018 6:30-7:30pm

Phil Creek, Honorary Academician and Chair of The South West Academy of Fine and Applied Arts, will provide insights into his life-long passion as artist and teacher. Phil will not only share his work as a painter, art teacher and Devon County Art & Design Adviser, but also his experience leading and exhibiting with The South West Academy. His talk will focus on his major children’s exhibitions with Exeter Cathedral, The Eden Project and The Millennium Dome, and his own, more recent paintings based on the landscapes of Devon and beyond.
The Annual Drecki Lecture is organised by the Friends of RAMM (registered charity 306649) in conjunction with the South West Academy of Fine and Applied Arts. www.exeter.gov.uk/friends, email: friends@exeter.gov.uk
The South West Academy owes a great debt of gratitude to Zbigniew Drecki, the painter and philanthropist from Warsaw and former Auschwitz prisoner, and his wife Jo Drecki. The Drecki Memorial Lecture was established to honour the artist’s memory.
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

  • Any age

Admission

£9

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=eventtimes&ev=37768

artifact from our collections

Conference: Representing Africa in British museums

  • 8 June 2018 10:15am-5pm

Objects from the African continent were initially acquired by traders, political officers, explorers, scholars, and missionaries. How well does this material represent Africa? We explore this question in a conference of multi-disciplinary talks, with internationally-renowned curators and academics of African collections in Britain.
Speakers listed in alphabetical order:
Exploring donors, uncovering collections, and transforming displays: the Africa collection at RAMM - Mr Tony Eccles (Curator of Ethnography, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter)
Representing (South) Africa in the British Museum: the art of many nations - Dr John Giblin (Head of Africa Section, Department of Africa, Oceania and the Americas, British Museum)
Representing African Islam in British Museums - Professor Timothy Insoll (Al-Qasimi Chair in African and Islamic Archaeology, Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter)
Rearrangements and Re-evaluations of the African Collection at Liverpool’s World Museum, 1895 to 2018 - Dr Zachary Kingdon (Curator, Africa Collections, World Museum, Liverpool)
Kente Trade: African Choices and British Museums - Dr Malika Kraamer (Independent Curator and Researcher)
The Rehabilitation of the Fetish - Professor John Mack (The Sainsbury Research Unit, Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts, University of East Anglia)
Manchester Museum’s Cross Disciplinary Approach to Representing Africa - Mr Stephen Welsh and Dr Campbell Price (Curators of Living Cultures and Egypt and Sudan, The Manchester Museum, University of Manchester)
Re-collecting the Missionary Road: Excavating Collections from a South African Contact Zone - Dr Chris Wingfield (Senior Curator [Archaeology], Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge)
African Collections in the National Museum of Scotland - Dr Sarah Worden (Senior Curator, African collections, Department of World cultures, National Museums Scotland)
Putting the ethnography back into ethnography galleries: Redisplaying African collections in the new World gallery at the Horniman - Dr Johanna Zetterstrom-Sharp (Curator of Anthropology, Horniman Museum, London)
In association with the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies and part of
RAMM's 150th anniversary celebrations.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=eventtimes&ev=37093

Illustration of the exterior of the RAMM building

A Cracking Museum

  • 13 June 2018 6:30-8pm

Alan Caig, former Head of Leisure and Museums for Exeter City Council, will recount the story of RAMM's many phases and extensions, illustrated by photographs taken during its refurbishment, 2008-2011. Join us as we look down holes and through cracks and wonder how the building lasted so long in the first place.
Organised by Friends of Exeter Museums & Art Gallery, registered charity no. 306649. The Friends support the museum with financial help towards acquisitions and conservation. www.exeter.gov.uk/friends, friends@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

  • Any age

Admission

£9

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=eventtimes&ev=37769

Cellist Ella Rundle

Workshop with Ella Rundle for Cellists

  • 19 June 2018 5-6pm

Hawksmoor Investment Management supporting aspiring musicians.
Join a masterclass with Ella Rundle and pick up some top tips on your technique and find out how to improve your performances. Bring your instrument. Suitable for Grade 5 and above. Four places available.
Cellist Ella Rundle performs as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the UK and Europe. Ella studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Louise Hopkins. She completed her Masters degree in 2014 at the Universität der Künste, Berlin, studying with Konstantin Heidrich. Ella has won prizes in competitions including the Israeli International Music Competition (2012), and the concerto competition at the ISA festival, Vienna (2009). She was also chosen for the Tillett Trust Young Artist Scheme (2013/2014) and gave her Wigmore Hall recital debut in November 2013 to critical acclaim.
Hawksmoor investment management, supporting aspiring musicians.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£10

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=eventtimes&ev=38064

Cellist Ella Rundle

Hawksmoor Celebratory Concert Series: Ella Rundle, cello, John Paul Ekins, piano

  • 19 June 2018 7:30-9:30pm

Ella Rundle performs as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician throughout the UK and Europe. Having studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Louise Hopkins, Ella has won prizes in competitions such as the Israeli International Music Competition, 2012 and the concerto competition at the ISA Festival, Vienna, 2009. She was chosen for the Tillett Trust Young Artist Scheme, 2013-14 and gave her recital debut at Wigmore Hall in November 2013 to critical acclaim.
Alongside Wigmore Hall, Ella has performed in various prestigious classical music venues in London and the UK including the Barbican and Snape Maltings. She has toured extensively throughout Europe including France, Denmark and Istanbul and played on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune and various other European radio stations. Ella has been invited to play in festivals such as Viana, Portugal, where she has performed alongside artists including Peter Donohoe and Jean-Guihen Queyras. As a concerto soloist Ella has appeared with orchestras such as the New English Concert Orchestra, the Spirit of Europe Orchestra and the Corelli Ensemble.
Grade 5+ musicians can join a masterclass with Ella Rundle - 5 to 6pm, £10
This is the second concert in the celebratory concert series 2018. The series continues on Wed 11 Jul with the Consone Quartet.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Single £22 (£17), series £60 (£45)

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=eventtimes&ev=38061

Visitors in the midst of our workshop

Dementia-friendly art-making in the museum

  • 21 June 2018 10:30am-12:30pm

Focusing on portraits, we will use cameras and camera phones. Equipment will be provided but bring your own phone if you like.
Our dementia-friendly activities are suitable for people with mild to moderate memory problems, who must be accompanied by a friend, relative or carer. Each visit begins with refreshments. An illustrated information sheet is available to take home and carry on the conversation.
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. Numbers are limited to ensure the best possible experience so please book in advance to guarantee your place. Tickets can be obtained online, by phone or in person. There is limited disabled parking; please book a space if you need one.
Contact us about group rates or more information: T 01392 265305, E ruth.gidley@exeter.gov.uk, www.rammuseum.org.uk/getting-involved/participation/living-each-season

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£15 (including companion)

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=eventtimes&ev=30728

Presenter David Olusoga

David Olusoga: Black and British

  • 22 June 2018 7:30-8:30pm

Historian and BBC Civilisations presenter, David Olusoga, celebrates RAMM’s new Africa display and re-opened World Cultures galleries with a timely look at the long relationship between the British Isles and the peoples of Africa.
Drawing on new genealogical research, original records, and expert testimony, this story reaches back to Roman Britain and travels through the medieval imagination. Olusoga illuminates the black British history that is woven into the cultural and economic histories of the nation, and how the great 19th-century industrial boom was built on American slavery. He brings to life Elizabethan ‘blackamoors’ and the black Britons who fought at Trafalgar and in the trenches of both World Wars. It is not a singular history, but one that belongs to us all.
Arrive early for a bar and book-signing opportunity.
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

  • Any age

Admission

£18, Early bird £16 until 1 Jun

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=eventtimes&ev=37766

Kids exploring our World Cultures gallery

Discovering Worlds: Family-friendly Africa displays and behind-the-scenes tour

  • 23 June 2018 2-3:30pm

Join us for a one-off special family friendly gallery and store tour to celebrate the re-opening of RAMM's Africa World Cultures display. See African artefacts close up with our Curator of Ethnography, find out about new objects on show and explore the World Cultures store where rare and fascinating objects are held. Limited space available.
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

  • Any age

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=eventtimes&ev=38018

Image depicting children visiting our stall at the Respect Festival

Exeter Respect Festival

  • 30 June 2018 12-7pm

Visit our stall at Exeter's annual celebration of cultural diversity. The festival presents two days of free live music and performance, stalls offering children’s activities, information about local groups and institutions, fairtrade and crafts for sale, food and a friendly atmosphere.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=eventtimes&ev=38055

museum tour

Museum full site tour

  • 7 July 2018 11am-12pm

Meet in the Courtyard
Join a 60-minute tour of RAMM's permanent collections.

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

  • Any age

Admission

£5

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=eventtimes&ev=17768

Photograph of Consone Quartet members

Hawksmoor Celebratory Concert Series: Consone Quartet

  • 11 July 2018 7:30-9:30pm

Programme includes:
• Haydn - Quartet Op.76 No.5 in D
• Schubert - Quartet in C D.46
• Mendelssohn - Quartet Op.44 No.2 in E minor
Winners of the 2016 Royal Over-Seas League Strings/Keyboard Ensemble Prize, Consone Quartet is dedicated to exploring and recreating the sound-worlds of the Classical and early Romantic string quartet repertoire on period instruments. Currently in their third year of the Emerging European Ensembles Scheme, the group has performed at various festivals including the Buxton, Brighton and York Early Music Festivals, the Ambronay Festival in France and Ghislieri Musica in Pavia, Italy. Past performances have included venues such as the Wigmore Hall and the Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace. In 2016 the group was selected for the Brighton Early Music Live! Scheme and they returned to BREMF in October 2017 to present a lunchtime programme themed around the origins of the string quartet.

Wed 11 Jul,
Grade 5+ musicians can join members of the Consone Quartet in a workshop for violinists, violists, cellists - 5 to 6pm, £10

This is final concert in the celebratory concert series 2018.
Now in its seventh year, this established concert series, hosted in the Victorian splendour of RAMM, forms part of the museum's 150th celebration programme. Hawksmoor Investment Management are sponsoring these events which raise funds for the Royal Albert Memorial Museum Development Trust.

Bar open from 6.45pm.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£22 (£17)
Patrons and a guest half price. Please contact Garden Reception

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=tickets&perfCode=2155&ev=38063

Consone quartet members

Workshop with Consone Quartet: for violinists, violists, cellists

  • 11 July 2018 5-6pm

Join members of the Consone Quartet to learn from the experts about tuning and performance technique. Bring your instrument. Suitable for Grade 5 and above.
Winners of the 2016 Royal Over-Seas League Strings / Keyboard Ensemble Prize, the Consone Quartet is dedicated to exploring and recreating the sound-worlds of the Classical and early Romantic string quartet repertoire on period instruments. Currently in their third year of the Emerging European Ensembles Scheme, the group has performed at various festivals including the Buxton, Brighton and York Early Music Festivals, the Ambronay Festival in France and Ghislieri Musica in Pavia, Italy. Past performances have included venues such as the Wigmore Hall and the Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace.
Hawksmoor investment management, supporting aspiring musicians.

Admission

£10

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=tickets&perfCode=2154&ev=38065

Museum tour

Behind the scenes tour: More in Store

  • 18 July 2018 2-3pm

Take a 50-minute behind the scenes tour. See some of the reserve collections and find out more about the conservation, display and storage of objects. If you are a wheelchair user, please call 01392 265858 before booking tickets.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£5

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?search=more+in+store&s=EXETER_RAMM

people looking at a starfish

Dementia-friendly object handling on a summer theme

  • 19 July 2018 10:30am-12:30pm

In this session, we will touch and talk about objects reflecting summertime, from paintings to insects and clothing to photographs.
Living Each Season Dementia-friendly activities
These activities are suitable for people with mild to moderate memory problems, who must be accompanied by a friend, relative or carer. 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 and booking in advance will guarantee your place. There is limited bookable disabled parking. Tickets can be obtained online and in person.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£15 (includes a companion)

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?search=dementia+friendly&s=EXETER_RAMM

scientist demonstrating experiment

Lighting up RAMM: Exeter University Optics and Photonics Society

  • 21 July 2018 10am-12:30pm, 1:30-4pm

Come and meet a team of scientists from the University of Exeter and discover what the science of light and materials reveals about different museum objects. Take part in hands-on experiments and demonstrations throughout the day. Learn how butterflies get their colours, why emeralds are green but rubies are red, and many more natural marvels relating to light and colour. There will be objects to handle, gadgets to make and ideas for more experiments you can do at home. Curious people of all ages welcome!

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=eventtimes&ev=4005

Museum tour

World Cultures tour

  • 26 July 2018 2-3pm
  • 30 August 2018 11am-12pm

Join a 60-minute tour to explore RAMM's recently refurbished World Cultures collection which include objects from the Pacific, Africa, the Americas, Asia and the Near East.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£5

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=eventtimes&ev=22336

Mother and child playing

Little Explorers

  • 31 July 2018 10:30-11:30am
  • 7 August 2018 10:30-11:30am
  • 14 August 2018 10:30-11:30am
  • 21 August 2018 10:30-11:30am
  • 28 August 2018 10:30-11:30am

Art and craft activities inspired by RAMM's collections. Parents, grandparents and carers can enjoy quality time with their little ones in a friendly environment.
For under 5s and their families.
Book tickets directly from www.bookwhen.com/thecreationstationexeter. T 0844 8244534 / 07925 653942

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6

Admission

£6 (siblings £4)

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=eventtimes&ev=22331

young boy with a tiger puppet

Puppet-making with Alfie the Sparrow

  • 1 August 2018 10:30am-1pm
  • 8 August 2018 10:30am-1:30pm

Come and be inspired by your favourite animals at RAMM, or Alfie the Sparrow, and make a puppet with artist and children's book illustrator Victoria Bryon. If the museum came alive at night, what would your animal character get up to? Make up your own story about your character through writing or drawing. Let your imagination go wild. When you have made your puppet, you can visit the Alfie's Night Out exhibition and play with it in the toy theatre.
Parents and carers are encouraged to join in. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Courtyard

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 0-4

Admission

£3 - Drop-in and pay on arrival

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=eventtimes&ev=4006

Mother and daughter making a poster

Pop Art Posters

  • 2 August 2018 10:30am-12:30pm, 1:30-3:30pm
  • 9 August 2018 10:30am-12:30pm, 1:30-3:30pm

Design and print your very own pop art poster. Use our printing inks, rollers, pre-cut shapes and roller press, build up your poster inspired by the works of artists such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Julian Opie. Will yours become a famous work of art in the future?
Aprons will be provided but please wear clothes that can get dirty.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£3 Drop in and pay on arrival

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=eventtimes&ev=4007

Museum tour

Behind the scenes tour: More in Store

  • 8 August 2018 2-3pm

Take a 50-minute behind the scenes tour. See some of the reserve collections and find out more about the conservation, display and storage of objects. If you are a wheelchair user, please call 01392 265858 before booking tickets.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£5

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?search=more+in+store&s=EXETER_RAMM

Museum tour

Local history tour

  • 14 August 2018 2-3pm

Join a 60-minute tour of the Local History collection. Explore the archaeology of Devon from Roman and medieval times through to Exeter during the Second World War.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£5

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?search=local+history&s=EXETER_RAMM

young boy with Lego creation

Heroes and villains: superhero Lego

  • 15 — 16 August 2018 10:30am-3:30pm

Build your favourite superhero from Lego, or get creative and design your own from scratch. If you're Superhero-ed out, then create your own dastardly villain, fantastic vehicle, or trusty sidekick.
Every hero or villain needs an awesome name: fill in a name card and take a photo of your creation.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

Drop in. Pay What You Think

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=eventtimes&ev=4008

girl drawing a mask design

Make a Superhero Mask

  • 22 — 23 August 2018 10:30am-3:30pm

Are you Ironman or Wonder Woman, Black Panther or Batgirl? Perhaps you have your own secret superhero identity that you are waiting to reveal to the world?
All good superheroes need a mask, so come and make one at RAMM. Recreate your favourite character's disguise or draw inspiration from our Pop Art in Print exhibition, get creative and design your own.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£3 - Pay on arrival

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=eventtimes&ev=4009

curator talking about exhibit

Dementia-friendly tour of the Pop Art Exhibition

  • 23 August 2018 10:30am-12:30pm

A friendly, relaxed tour of the exhibition Pop Art in Print which includes works by Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Julian Opie.
Living Each Season Dementia-friendly activities
These activities are suitable for people with mild to moderate memory problems, who must be accompanied by a friend, relative or carer. Each visit begins with refreshments and ends with an illustrated information sheet to take home and carry on the conversation. Booking your places Numbers are limited to ensure the best possible experience and booking in advance will guarantee your place.
There is limited bookable disabled parking. Tickets can be obtained online and in person.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£15 (includes a companion)

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=tickets&perfCode=2247&ev=4010

young child looking at a microscope

Natural science in focus

  • 29 — 30 August 2018 10:30am-3:30pm

A great opportunity to learn more about RAMM's natural science collections and to get close up using a variety of microscopes. Can you work a Victorian brass microscope or a large modern digital version to examine rocks and minerals, fossils, insects and scientific slides?
Meet our expert volunteer who will show you how to work the Victorian microscope and talk to you about the items you are studying.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Drop In and Pay What You Think

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=eventtimes&ev=4011

Museum tour

Heritage Open Day museum tours

  • 15 September 2018 11:30am-12:30pm, 2-3pm

Join a 60-minute tour of RAMM's permanent collections.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free - book tickets in advance

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=tickets&perfCode=2248&ev=25534

Portrait of Kate Adie

Kate Adie: The way that WW1 changed women’s lives, from surgery to soccer

  • 17 September 2018 7-8pm

Bestselling author and award-winning former BBC Chief News Correspondent Kate Adie reveals the ways in which women's lives were transformed during World War One. With a generation of men heading off to fight, Kate will bring to light how women emerged from the shadows of their domestic lives to take up essential roles within society, acquiring their own rights, and independent incomes; becoming a visible force in public life. This event promises to be an inspiring evening, featuring tales of the momentous achievements attained by these pioneering women.
A pioneering woman herself, Kate Adie was one of the first British women to report from danger zones around the world including both Gulf Wars, four years of war in the Balkans, and numerous assignments in Northern Ireland throughout ‘The Troubles’, to name a few. Kate is also a long-serving presenter of Radio 4’s From Our Own Correspondent and contributor to other radio and television programmes. Now is your chance to listen to her stories, accounts and historical exploration in person at this exciting one-off event.

Bar open from 6.30pm.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£18 (early bird £16 until 27 August)

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=tickets&perfCode=2250&ev=4012

two people looking at pictures

Dementia-friendly art-making inspired by Pop Art in Print

  • 19 September 2018 10:30am-12:30pm

A hands-on creative activity inspired by the works of Pop artists featured in our recent exhibition, Pop Art in Print.
Living Each Season Dementia-friendly activities
These activities are suitable for people with mild to moderate memory problems, who must be accompanied by a friend, relative or carer. 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 and booking in advance will guarantee your place. There is limited bookable disabled parking. Tickets can be obtained online and in person.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£15 (includes a companion)

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=tickets&perfCode=2251&ev=4013

photographs of men from WW1

Devon Voices 1914-1918 Home Front Stories: Meet the researchers walk and talk

  • 21 September 2018 12:30-2pm
  • 16 November 2018 12:30-2pm

Join the curators and researchers to explore our Devon Voices 1914-1918: Home Front Stories exhibition. Hear about people whose lives reveal Devon's social landscape 100 years ago. Our researchers share glimpses into the past through their discovery of first-hand accounts.
The first talk features a farmer, policeman, female driver and mechanic in the army service corps and a fisheries adviser.
The second talk focuses on a young sailor, an entertainer, an older man and a woman's work with refugees.
The ticket price includes tea, coffee and cake, followed by a unique opportunity to chat with the project researchers and curators.
Gallery 22. A partnership event with Devon Remembers Heritage Project.

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

  • Any age

Admission

£8 (contact Reception for £15 double event discount)

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=eventtimes&ev=4014

Bedwyr Williams looking at a statue in the museum

Bedwyr's Exeter RAMM raid: talk and performance with Bedwyr Williams

  • 26 September 2018 7-8pm

What was the inspiration behind Bedwyr’s commission for RAMM? This evening event offers the opportunity to hear one of Britain's most talented contemporary artists talk about his life and work and how he set about creating an artwork to celebrate RAMM’s 150th anniversary. Renowned for his surreal sense of humour, Bedwyr will also regale a darkly humorous tall tale about a fake artefact and an ill-fated London restaurant.
Bedwyr Williams at RAMM
To celebrate 150 years of opening to the public, RAMM commissioned a new work from Bedwyr Williams, one of Britain’s most talented contemporary artists. Bedwyr is an artist, sculptor, writer, film-maker and stand-up comic. He studied at London’s Central St Martin’s School of Art and since graduating his work has been exhibited widely across Britain and Europe. In 2013 he represented Wales at the 55th Venice Biennale and in 2016 he was shortlisted for the prestigious ‘Artes Mundi’ International Art Prize.
Bedwyr works in various media including performance, video, sculpture and text, frequently exploring the friction between the deadly serious and banal aspects of modern life. His practice often satirises the role of the artist and curator by placing them in absurd scenarios. Frequently drawing from his life experiences, Bedwyr’s work offers a critique of our everyday world, while celebrating the obscure.
Bringing his renowned surreal sense of humour to bear, Bedwyr will populate the Queen Street foyer with an array of human faces all found on artefacts in RAMM’s collections. After decades of being examined in glass showcases, the objects will have a chance to get their own back by studying the visitors. Bedwyr will also be creating a video of the faces set within the context of Exeter and the museum’s history. See his display from Sat 21 July to April 2019.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£12, Students £7.50, Early bird £10 until 5 Sept

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=tickets&perfCode=2414&ev=4018

Portrait of Steve Knightly

Songs and Stories: an evening with Steve Knightley

  • 28 September 2018 7:30-9pm

Multi-award-winning songwriter Steve Knightley returns to RAMM with his highly-anticipated 2018 solo tour Songs & Stories. The Show of Hands frontman (“One of the great English bands” – Peter Gabriel) showcases a set list peppered with classic gems such as Cousin Jack, AIG and Country Life with his inimitable passion and flair. And in a rare glimpse into the personal playlist of a song-writing legend, Knightley also pays tribute to some of his influences along the way, from Dylan to Radiohead. Steve's song Home to a Million Thoughts was inspired by RAMM's reopening in 2012 and we are delighted he is here to help celebrate our 150th anniversary in 2018.

Bar open from 7pm

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£18

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=tickets&perfCode=2148&ev=38252

Museum tour

Behind the scenes tour: More in Store

  • 29 September 2018 2-3pm

Take a 50-minute behind the scenes tour. See some of the reserve collections and find out more about the conservation, display and storage of objects. If you are a wheelchair user, please call 01392 265858 before booking tickets.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£5

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?search=more+in+store&s=EXETER_RAMM

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

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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