Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery

Exeter's Royal Albert Memorial Museum
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Fully refurbished after a multimillion 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.

You can also visit St Nicholas Priory - A Tudor Home, at the Mint, off Fore St Exeter. In part of what was once a medieval priory this splendid building was later lived in by the wealthy Hurst family. It is now presented as their Elizabethan town house with replica furniture, sumptuous fabrics and rich colours. Come and feel at home in this historic family home. Open on Saturdays and on weekdays during school holidays 10.00 - 17.00. Admission £4.20 for adults (Concessions £2.10), children £1.60 (0-5yrs free). All children aged under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. www.exeter.gov.uk/priory

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This museum has a Designated Collection of national importance.

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

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

Admission charges

RAMM entry is free.

St Nicholas Priory - Saturdays, and Mon-Sat during school holidays from Easter to October. Closed on bank holidays. £4.20 adults (£2.10 concessions), children £1.60 (0-5yrs free)
Please see www.exeter.gov.uk/priory for charges for school visits and guided tours to the Priory.

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.
Home Front Fashions

The First World War: From RAMM's Collection - Home Front Fashions

  • 20 October 2015 — 8 May 2016 *on now

The First World War was a time of momentous change for individual people, families and society, when thrift and economy in dress became increasingly important on the home front. Woollen serge and silk taffeta in dark or neutral colours were frequently worn as the availability of fabrics and dyestuffs was restricted. Practical, hard-wearing suits or ‘costumes’, and washable shirt-waister blouses became a kind of everyday uniform for women in Britain during the war.
This courtyard display is part of RAMM’s four-year programme of exhibitions, displays, events and activities that focuses on the First World War’s impact on the people and landscape of the Southwest. Developed with regional and national partners, it examines the wider social and cultural changes that have had a lasting effect on our everyday lives.
Part of First World War Centenary, the national partnership of commemorative events: www.1914.org.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.rammuseum.org.uk/exhibitions/the-first-world-war-from-ramms-collection-home-front-fashions

RAMM's Fine Art Collection

RAMM's Fine Art Collection

  • 24 October 2015 — 8 May 2016 *on now

The RAMM collection of topographical prints, drawings and watercolours is a rich source of information about Exeter and its inhabitants. Featured in the display are some distinctive city landmarks, such as Mol’s Coffee House and the Higher Market. The fine art collection also includes outstanding British landscapes. Some of the finest will be displayed this autumn providing dramatic views of Wales, the Lake District and Yorkshire.
The spotlight is also on the artist Cecil Collins (1908–89): an English visionary who drew inspiration from the prophecies of William Blake and Far Eastern philosophy. Collins was born in Plymouth and studied at the Royal College of Art. Between 1939 and 1943 he taught at Dartington Hall. The group of works on display were acquired by RAMM in 2001 through the National Art Collections Fund.
From time to time the galleries will be closed for special events; please check before travelling.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.rammuseum.org.uk/exhibitions/ramms-fine-art-collection

Exeter's Wyvern weather vane

Whatever the Weather

  • 21 November 2015 — 10 April 2016 *on now

RAMM’s major winter exhibition explores a theme which affects all our lives: the weather. Or more accurately, how weather seems to be constantly changeable, occasionally extreme and always unpredictable. Through a lively mix of historical paintings and prints, artefacts, archives and the work of contemporary artists, the exhibition exposes humanity’s relationship to the elements. It draws on the collections of the Met Office, National Trust and Royal Meteorological Society and RAMM’s own collections.

The show includes rain gods from the Americas, paintings by William Blake and Samuel Palmer, stormy seascapes and ships in distress, private weather diaries, weathervanes, barometers, thermometers and all manner of recording instruments. See Admiral Fitzroy’s first ever weather forecast issued by the Met Office in 1861 and Beaufort’s original table of wind strength (the Beaufort Scale) dating to 1810.

In response to the historical material, RAMM has commissioned as a centrepiece for the exhibition, new work by one of the UK’s leading artists working with digital media. Susan Collins, currently Slade Professor and Director of the Slade School of Fine Art, will create works based on the Devon coast. Artist Joanna Brown will be exhibiting her latest works exploring floods and their aftermath. The exhibition will also include Simon Faithfull's video piece created with the help of a weather balloon and new artwork by Julian Grater.

In developing the exhibition and events programme, RAMM has worked closely with the Met Office and the National Trust. In 2015, the Trust marks the 50th anniversary of its Neptune Campaign to protect Britain’s coasts.

#devonweather

Take part in the exhibition by sharing your Instagram photos of Devon’s varied weather. Either upload your photos to Instagram and include #devonweather in the caption or directly to us through Tumblr.
The photos will be shared online and available to browse on an iPad in the exhibition.

Start adding photos now and by the time the exhibition closes we’ll have an artistic record covering four seasons of #devonweather. There is no limit to the number of images you can submit.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.rammuseum.org.uk/exhibitions/whatever-the-weather

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.
Life and Death in Ancient Egypt: Tours

Life and Death in Ancient Egypt: Tours

  • 20 February 2016 11:30am-3pm

Join one of our 30-minute tours of our Egyptian Collection. Learn about the background to the collection and visit the Tomb of Shep en-Mut. Tours leave every 30 minutes from the ground floor geology corridor. Each tour is limited to 8 people.
All tours of RAMM’s galleries are available for private group bookings on mutually agreed dates. One-hour volunteer presentations are available for groups and society: RAMM or St Nicholas Priory (minimum donation of £40 to the RAMM Development Trust) or the 22,000-coin Seaton Down hoard and Roman Devon (Minimum donation £40 to the Seaton Down hoard fund). Contact ramm.extra@exeter.gov.uk or 01392 265984.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Drop in, £2.50

Website

http://www.rammuseum.org.uk/whats-on/life-and-death-in-ancient-egypt-tours-saturday-31-october

Life and Death in Ancient Egypt:

Life and Death in Ancient Egypt: Activities

  • 20 February 2016 11:30am-3pm

Come and learn about life and death in Ancient Egypt. 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.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Drop in, £2.5, under 5s free

Website

http://www.rammuseum.org.uk/whats-on/life-and-death-in-ancient-egypt-saturday-31-october

Local History Tour

Local History Tour

  • 5 March 2016 11am-12pm

Join a 60-minute tour of our Local History collection, which includes the Archaeology of Devon, from Roman and medieval times, through to Exeter in the Second World War.
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.
All tours of RAMM’s galleries are available for private group bookings on mutually agreed dates. One-hour volunteer presentations are available for groups and society: RAMM or St Nicholas Priory (minimum donation of £40 to the RAMM Development Trust) or the 22,000-coin Seaton Down hoard and Roman Devon (Minimum donation £40 to the Seaton Down hoard fund). Contact ramm.extra@exeter.gov.uk or 01392 265984.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£5

Website

http://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=tickets&perfCode=438&ev=22334

Behind the Scenes Tour: More in Store

Behind the Scenes Tour: More in Store

  • 17 February 2016 2-3pm

Take a 40-minute behind the scenes tour. See some of the reserve collections and find out more about the conservation, display and storage of objects.
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.
All tours of RAMM’s galleries are available for private group bookings on mutually agreed dates. One-hour volunteer presentations are available for groups and society: RAMM or St Nicholas Priory (minimum donation of £40 to the RAMM Development Trust) or the 22,000-coin Seaton Down hoard and Roman Devon (Minimum donation £40 to the Seaton Down hoard fund). Contact ramm.extra@exeter.gov.uk or 01392 265984.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£5

Website

http://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=tickets&perfCode=426&ev=22335

Museum Full Site Tour

Museum Full Site Tour

  • 16 March 2016 2-3pm

Join a 60-minute tour of our 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.
All tours of RAMM’s galleries are available for private group bookings on mutually agreed dates. One-hour volunteer presentations are available for groups and society: RAMM or St Nicholas Priory (minimum donation of £40 to the RAMM Development Trust) or the 22,000-coin Seaton Down hoard and Roman Devon (Minimum donation £40 to the Seaton Down hoard fund). Contact ramm.extra@exeter.gov.uk or 01392 265984.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£5

Website

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

Life and Death in Ancient Egypt: Tours

Life and Death in Ancient Egypt: Tours

  • 20 February 2016 11:30am-3pm

Join one of our 30-minute tours of our Egyptian Collection. Learn about the background to the collection and visit the Tomb of Shep en-Mut. Tours leave every 30 minutes from the ground floor geology corridor. Each tour is limited to 8 people on a first come first served basis.
All tours of RAMM’s galleries are available for private group bookings on mutually agreed dates. One-hour volunteer presentations are available for groups and society: RAMM or St Nicholas Priory (minimum donation of £40 to the RAMM Development Trust) or the 22,000-coin Seaton Down hoard and Roman Devon (Minimum donation £40 to the Seaton Down hoard fund). Contact ramm.extra@exeter.gov.uk or 01392 265984.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Drop in, £2.50

Local History Tour

Local History Tour

  • 5 March 2016 11am-12pm

Join a 60-minute tour of our Local History collection, which includes the Archaeology of Devon, from Roman and medieval times, through to Exeter in the Second World War.
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.
All tours of RAMM’s galleries are available for private group bookings on mutually agreed dates. One-hour volunteer presentations are available for groups and society: RAMM or St Nicholas Priory (minimum donation of £40 to the RAMM Development Trust) or the 22,000-coin Seaton Down hoard and Roman Devon (Minimum donation £40 to the Seaton Down hoard fund). Contact ramm.extra@exeter.gov.uk or 01392 265984.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£5

Website

http://www.rammuseum.org.uk/whats-on/local-history-tour-thursday-10-december

A wild day in

A Wild Day In

  • 13 February 2016 10am-4pm

From mystery skeletons and meet-the-experts to creating a skyscape of birds and playing the game of Frankinsect! A Wild Day In is a great way to get closer to some of Devon’s birds, find out more about local wildlife in winter, and chat to those who know what’s where and when to see it.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Children £3, adults free

Website

http://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=tickets&perfCode=424&ev=22333

Vintage valentines ball

Vintage Valentine’s Ball

  • 13 February 2016 7-11pm

RAMM has much pleasure in announcing its annual Vintage Valentines' Ball with live music, theatre and more, all jostling for your amorous attention. Six piece band, The Zen Hussie,s will play live. Disseminating their own brand of swing, ska and boogaloo, the band have clocked up a thousand live performances, gaining cult status on the festival circuit. The South West Lindy Hoppers are on hand with dance lessons to ensure your lover is suitably impressed. Nuts and Volts theatre company will be in residence researching the history of romance. They have been commissioned by NEIL (Not Everyone is In Love) to help visitors to understand the true nature of love. As if that wasn't enough there are Vintage DJs, Click Snicket Vintage Photobooth and a vintage dressing up theme.

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.

Tickets also available at http://undergrountickets.net/

Admission

£7

Website

http://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=tickets&perfCode=453&ev=22326

Met office revealed

The Met Office Revealed

  • 13 February 2016 11am-1:30pm

A chance to look around the workings of the Met Office Headquarters and get a feel for the breadth of work undertaken by this well-known global organisation.

The Met Office is a secure site: full names, addresses and nationalities of all attendees will be collected for security clearance when booking tickets. All attendees must bring photographic identification (passport, driving licence, student card, bus pass) and comfy shoes are advised.

Meet at the Met Office reception: follow the Open Day signs and use the main car parks. Blue badge holders can use accessible bays both in the visitor’s and staff car parks.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free tickets until Sun 31 Jan.

Website

http://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=tickets&perfCode=452&ev=22346

Ranger walk wembury

Ranger Walk at Wembury

  • 19 February 2016 11am-1pm

A walk round the headland to Wembury Point. Take in the views across to the Mewstone with Lorna Sherriff, National Trust Ranger for the South Devon. Find out about the National Trust coastal conservation linked to Susan Collins' digital seascape ,Wembury & Woolacombe.

Remember to bring some binoculars to spot the birdsand other wildlife out in the bay.
Meet at Wembury Beach car park, Plymouth, PL9 0HP
For more information visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/swcoast

Admission

Free tickets online

Website

http://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=eventtimes&ev=22341

Bringing Back the Clangers

Bringing back the Clangers

  • 19 February 2016 6:30-7:30pm

Museum adventures with the Clangers: help create a short animated film featuring the famous family of knitted mouse-like creatures.

Morning session for children aged 5 to 7, afternoon session for children aged 8 to 12. Part of Animated Exeter Festival. There is also an early-evening Clangers talk for families and animators.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£6

Website

http://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=tickets&perfCode=427&ev=22329

Courtyard Clangers

Courtyard Clangers animation workshops

  • 19 February 2016 10am-4pm

Museum adventures with the Clangers: help create a short animated film featuring the famous family of knitted mouse-like creatures.

Morning session for children aged 5 to 7, afternoon session for children aged 8 to 12. Part of Animated Exeter Festival. There is also an early-evening Clangers talk for families, fans and animators.

Admission

£5 per child per session (am or pm)

Website

http://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=eventtimes&ev=22330

Second world war handling sesions

Second World War Handling Session

  • 23 February 2016 11am-3pm
  • 8 March 2016 11am-3pm

Explore and handle authentic and replica Second World War objects with volunteer guides in the Making History Gallery.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=eventtimes&ev=22394

Portraying the Weather

Portraying the Weather

  • 24 February 2016 1-2pm

Meet Emma Jones, National Trust, South West Curator, to hear about why objects can have a huge effect on our emotions, where they come from and their connection with the weather.

The concessionary price also applies to National Trust members.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£6 (£4)

Website

http://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=tickets&perfCode=443&ev=22344

LES Dementia Friendly Activities

Dementia-friendly art-making workshop: winter

  • 25 February 2016 10:30am-12:30pm

Everyone will have the chance to take part in a hands-on creative activity inspired by museum objects and the theme of Winter. The museum uses its treasure trove of objects to provoke thoughts and spark conversations, whether it's touching a 1,600-year-old Roman tile, standing next to a totem pole, taking a long look at a painting of Dartmoor, or making tropical butterflies. It’s a chance to do something with your brain and hands, and set daily concerns aside for a while. All materials are provided.
Part of RAMM’s programme of Living Each Season dementia-friendly programme, activities are 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. Limited disabled parking is available. Tickets should be presented at the Garden reception.
RAMM’s dementia-friendly activities are inspired by groundbreaking programme at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The museum uses its treasure trove of objects to provoke thoughts and spark conversations, whether it’s touching a 1,600-year-old Roman tile, standing next to a totem pole, taking a long look at a painting of Dartmoor, or making tropical butterflies.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£15 per couple, first session free, transport costs available. Book in advance

Website

http://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=tickets&perfCode=432&ev=22338

Pre-budget breakfast discussion

Pre-Budget Breakfast Discussion

  • 2 March 2016 8-9:30am

Sir Alan Budd, formerly Chairman of the Office for Budget Responsibility and Geoffrey Dicks, MBE, in conversation discussing the economic events of the past year and looking ahead to the forthcoming Budget and the prospects for the EU referendum.
Organised by RAMM Development Trust, Registered charity no 1038570. The trust raises money through its patron scheme, sponsorship, events and grant applications. 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.

Admission

£20 including breakfast

Website

http://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=tickets&perfCode=444&ev=22349

Force of Nature: how weather and climate inspire creativity

Force of Nature: how weather and climate inspire creativity

  • 9 March 2016 6-9pm

An evening sharing thoughts and perspectives on the role weather plays in creativity past and present. The discussion will be chaired by Steve Noyes, Operations and Services Director at the Met Office. Panellists include Professor Nick Groom, author of The Seasons - an Elegy for the Passing of the Year, artist Joanna Brown, whose work is included in the exhibition, and Professor Mark Baldwin, Chair of Climate Science at the University of Exeter. Met Office volunteers will be on hand with creative weather and climate experiments, and Exeter College dance students will showcase weather-inspired dance performances. A bar will be available.

The concessionary price also applies to National Trust members.

Admission

£12, (£10)

Website

http://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=tickets&perfCode=436&ev=22342

Dance and Textiles Performance

Dance and Textiles Performance

  • 9 March 2016 11am-1pm

Performances by Exeter College dance and textiles students inspired by the varied weather that we experience in the South West. 11am and noon.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free, drop-in

Website

http://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=eventtimes&ev=22994

Annual Drecki Lecture Michael Morgan

Annual Drecki Lecture: Celebrating Michael Morgan RI SWAc

  • 15 March 2016 6:30-8pm

Mike Lambert is co-owner and founder with his wife Rosemary of Marine House at Beer and Steam Gallery also in Beer. He will highlight what made the late Michael Morgan such a respected and successful artist. Subjects discussed will include Michael Morgan’s sources of inspiration, artists who influenced him, his own thoughts on his work and his chosen medium, and his close relationship with Marine House, his selected gallery. Drinks will be served before the lecture from 6pm.

Presented in conjunction with the South West Academy of Fine & Applied Arts.
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.

Admission

£8.50

Website

http://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=tickets&perfCode=425&ev=22321

Weatherability

Weatherability

  • 15 March 2016 6:30-8pm

To celebrate Disability Awareness Day, artist James Lake’s cardboard weather map of the United Kingdom will be displayed at RAMM. To create the 6-foot sculpture, James worked with a group of six artists at CEDA, a disability charity based in Exeter. The piece was made as part of Weatherability, CEDA’s project with the Met Office exploring weather and forecasting. The sculpture is interactive with weather symbols which can be changed to illustrate the weather on any given day.

Admission

Free Drop-in event

Website

http://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=eventtimes&ev=22340

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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