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.
Conservationist examining coins

Seaton Down Hoard: A first Glimpse

  • 26 July 2016 — 18 June 2017 *on now

Thanks to a number of donations and grants, the Seaton Down Hoard has been purchased for the benefit of the people of Devon and Exeter and for future generations.
The purchase and conservation of the hoard of coins has been made possible by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Clinton Estates, a private donation by Patrick Long, and many contributions by members of the public.
The Seaton Down Hoard is the largest Roman coin hoard ever found in Devon. The coins were discovered in November 2013, and have recently been purchased by RAMM. Around AD348, the coins were buried, probably by a private individual or soldier for safe-keeping. They provide a fascinating glimpse into the world of 4th-century Roman Britain.
Work has begun to stabilise the collection of almost 23,000 coins, which will help us unveil the rich story of Roman East Devon and its place in the Economic history of late Roman Britain.
Each coin will need to be checked and a selection of coins conserved to reveal precise details of their date, type and place of mint.
See a display of the coins
A few of the coins will be on display for visitors to enjoy while conservation work continues on the main collection. You can catch an early glimpse of a small part of the hoard from Tuesday 26 July. A new display will be created for the entire hoard in 2017.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/

Painting of a man smoking a pipe

Exeter’s Fine Art Collection: Seasons

  • 25 October 2016 — 31 May 2017 *on now

This exhibition features a selection of drawings, watercolours and oil paintings from RAMM’s collection with a seasonal themes, as well as Devon Landscapes, Exeter and People. Devon Landscapes include 18th-century watercolours by John White Abbott and more recent works by Robert Organ and Alan Richards. There are also topographical drawings and watercolours of Exeter by Sidney Endacott and Francis Towne. Three recently acquired botanical watercolours by Reverend William Keble Martin are displayed. These were plates for his book The Concise British Flora in Colour (1965).
The Winter and Spring exhibition features William Henry Hunt’s exquisitely detailed Primroses and Bird’s Nest, along with Henry Hainsselin’s expressive work Friesland Boer Skating and botanical illustrations from The Concise British Flora by William Keble Martin.
Accompanying event
Wednesday 23 November: Fine Art Gallery Guided Tour, 1 to 2pm, £10 (£8).

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/

Japanese woodblock print

Hiroshige’s Japan: Stations of the Tōkaidō Road

  • 29 November 2016 — 16 April 2017 *on now

This exhibition showcases a selection of Japanese woodblock prints from the series that made Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858) one of the best known of all Japanese artists. His landscape prints are among the most frequently reproduced of all Japanese works of art and were hugely successful both in Japan and in the West.
He is particularly renowned for his landscape prints and his unusual compositions, humorous depictions of people involved in everyday activities and masterly expression of weather, light and seasons. His work influenced many leading European artists such as Monet, Van Gogh and Whistler.
This exhibition of 21 prints selected from the Ashmolean Museum collection, celebrates the series that made Hiroshige’s name: Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō Road. First published around 1833, the series depicts views along Japan’s major highway and is full of fascinating insights into the journey between the great Japanese cities of Edo and Kyoto.
Organised by the Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford. The catalogue Hiroshige: Landscape, Cityscape is available, £15.
Concessionary price applies for X-card holders, supporter groups and students. Under-19s free.
Accompanying event
Wednesday 1 March: Hiroshige’s Japan: 53 Stations of the Tōkaidō Road, 2pm to 4pm, £20 (£18). In association with Art Fund Devon Fundraising Committee.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£4 (£2)

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=eventtimes&ev=25535

French welcome party for Queen Victoria

Queen Victoria in Paris: Watercolours from the Royal Collection

  • 20 December 2016 — 23 April 2017 *on now

An exhibition showcasing forty-four watercolours of Queen Victoria’s remarkable visit to Paris in 1855, all commissioned by or for Queen Victoria.
The historic ten day visit was on the invitation of the Emperor Napoleon III and his wife Eugénie. The first time a reigning British monarch had visited the French capital in over 400 years, the visit ostensibly celebrated the military alliance between France and Britain against Russia in the Crimean War. It also cemented a great personal friendship that had developed between the two rulers, just forty years after the Battle of Waterloo.
Never before displayed in their entirety, the watercolours capture the magnificence of the occasion, showing dramatic illuminations, spectacular balls and exquisite Second Empire interiors.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£4 (£2)

Website

http://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/

A local collection of illustrated Ordnance Survey maps

What do you Collect? Mapping the Past

  • 17 January — 2 April 2017

Another in this series showing the passions of local collectors. Take a journey across the country and through time with a local collection of illustrated Ordnance Survey maps.

If you have a collection that you would like to display, email ramm@exeter.gov.uk.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/EXETER_RAMM

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.
Explore Roman Devon: Handling Sessions

Explore Roman Devon: Handling Sessions

  • 19 January 2017 10:30am-12:30pm, 1:30-3:30pm

Explore the Roman collection and handle authentic and replica Roman objects and coins.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free, drop in

Website

http://update.culture24.org.uk/sw000088?id=EVENT565874

Explore Roman Devon: Tours

Explore Roman Devon: Tours

  • 19 January 2017 11:30am-2pm

Join a 30-minute tour to learn about life in Roman Devon and the story behind the collection. Tours leave from the courtyard. Each tour is limited to 8 people on a first-come-first-served basis.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free, but ticketed

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/EXETER_RAMM

Second World War handling sessions

Second World War handling sessions

  • 31 January 2017 11am-3pm

Explore and handle authentic and replica Second World War objects.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free, drop in

Mindfulness Course: Cultivating Presence

Mindfulness Course: Cultivating Presence

  • 13 January — 17 February 2017 *on now

A six-week course developing skills to help deal with stressful situations and the demands of everyday life. Designed to offer a range of mindfulness practices, this course aims to foster wellbeing, joy and compassion. There will be opportunities to engage mindfully with the Hiroshige exhibition, stimulating investigations into the perception of looking, seeing, watching and receiving. No prior knowledge is necessary. In order to experience the positive impact of mindfulness practice, a firm commitment to the course and home practice is desired.
Course tutor: Heike Dennison.

Fridays: 13, 20, 27 January and 3, 10, 17 February

Admission

£60

Website

http://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/

Dementia-friendly object handling

Dementia-friendly object handling

  • 19 January 2017 10:30am-12:30pm

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 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.

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, www.rammuseum.org.uk/about-ramm/participation/living-each-season.

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/EXETER_RAMM

DRLC course Collections & Identity

DRLC Course: Collections and Identity

  • 26 January — 9 March 2017

A six-week course giving the opportunity to explore the theme of identity in relation to objects and collections. People’s attraction to objects, or feelings of repulsion, reveal aspects of who we are and our place in the world. By taking an innovative look at RAMM’s displays and handling collections, participants will represent their journey in a portfolio of drawn, written, photographic and digital work which they can take away. This course is for anyone affected by mental health issues who feels that their identity has been compromised in some way.

This course is a collaboration between RAMM and DRLC.

Admission

Free, book places in advance: www.devonrlc.co.uk, T 01392 677067 E dpn-tr.drlc@nhs.net

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=eventtimes&ev=29014

Writing workshop using family photos

Writing workshop: Using Family Photos

  • 28 January 2017 10am-4:30pm

Every photo tells a story. This workshop focuses on ways to create meaningful captions and short narratives for photos from your life. Participants will write ‘pen portraits’ of individual characters who feature in their photos, and their lives in general.

Tutor: Cherry Gilchrist, author of Your Life, Your Story.

Admission

£75, Book now, http://bit.ly/life-writing, from the University of Exeter

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=eventtimes&ev=29036

Chinese trail around RAMM

Chinese trail around RAMM

  • 28 January — 28 February 2017

Celebrate Chinese New Year with this trail to find Chinese objects on display, from a dragon pennant taken in battle to a fortune-telling compass and a dazzling hairpin made of kingfisher feathers. A trail for all ages, with stickers for children.

Admission

Free, drop-in

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=eventtimes&ev=29006

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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