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/

Hawthorn and Chaffinch (1865) John Wainwright

Exeter’s Fine Art Collection: Seasons

  • 25 October 2016 — 28 May 2017 *on now

This exhibition features a selection of drawings, watercolours and oil paintings from RAMM’s collection with a seasonal theme, 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. Recently-acquired botanical watercolours by Reverend William Keble Martin are displayed. These were plates for his book The Concise British Flora in Colour (1965). Seasonal scenes include John Wainwright’s exquisitely detailed Hawthorn and Chaffinch, along with Henry Hainsselin’s expressive work Friesland Boer Skating.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/index.php?s=EXETER_RAMM&p=eventtimes&ev=27516

Illustration of children playing in rock pool

Be Inspired: Exeter Illustrators

  • 4 April — 2 July 2017 *on now

The Cafe at RAMM
Exeter Illustrators’ first group exhibition features a range of artistic styles including artwork for children’s books, observational drawings, wall murals, graphic novel illustration and character design. It includes new works to complement RAMM’s summer exhibition Sea Life and a collaborative piece based on iconic buildings in Exeter.
Founded in early 2016, Exeter Illustrators began when a group of commercial artists discovered that they all worked in the same city. The award-winning illustrators decided to combine forces and give a platform to showcase the talent found on Exeter’s doorstep. Often overlooked by gallery spaces, illustration is an accessible, familiar, and versatile art form that it is used on anything from wine labels to billboards, children’s books to fashion design.
Artwork in this exhibition is for sale.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free entry

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/index.php?s=EXETER_RAMM&p=eventtimes&ev=30479

Ray Bruno and his collection of boxes

What do you Collect? Show Me the Antimony

  • 4 April — 2 July 2017 *on now

Finders Keepers? gallery
Another in this series showing the passions of local collectors: Ray Bruno’s decorative boxes from the 19th and early 20th century are made from antimony, a metalloid element, usually combined with either lead or tin.
Display your collection
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/index.php?s=EXETER_RAMM&p=eventtimes&ev=30717

'Deniecourt Chateau, Estrees' (1917) Sir David Muirhead Bone

First World War Scenes by Sir David Muirhead Bone

  • 9 May — 19 November 2017

Courtyard
A small display of works by the artist Sir David Muirhead Bone (1876-1953) depicting evocative scenes from the First World War.
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

Admission

Free entry

'The Wild Abyss' by Nahem Shoa

Into the Wild Abyss

  • 9 June — 3 September 2017

This exhibition brings together contemporary artists Gordon Cheung, Rui Matsunaga and Nahem Shoa to explore nature and spirituality in this era of accelerated technological change. The artists share a desire to express hope through hallucinatory, shimmering and imagined forms reflecting on the human condition.
Into The Wild Abyss takes its title from John Milton’s epic poem Paradise Lost (1667). The poem tells the story of the fall of rebel angels, the temptation of Adam and Eve and their consequent expulsion from paradise.
Paradise Lost can be read as a metaphor for how we have entered the 21st century, with a series of international crises, ecological concerns and political instability. The artists reflect on these and invite visitors Into The Wild Abyss.
The artists have also been inspired by RAMM’s collection. They have selected some natural history specimens to complement their artwork. Into the Wild Abyss continues RAMM’s mission to unlock the potential of museum collections by partnering with contemporary artists

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Free entry

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/index.php?s=EXETER_RAMM&p=eventtimes&ev=30704

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.
Man dressed in second world war army uniform

Second World War handling sessions with the 307 Polish Squadron Project

  • 30 May 2017 11am-3pm

Discover the story of the Polish Squadron based in Exeter during the Second World War.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Free, drop in.

Website

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

Museum tour

Full Museum Tour

  • 29 April 2017 11am-12pm

Join a 60-minute tour of RAMM’s permanent collection.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adults £5
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/index.php?s=EXETER_RAMM&p=tickets&perfCode=1506&ev=17768

sea anemone

Sea Life: Glimpses of the Wonderful

  • 13 May — 17 September 2017

Catch a glimpse of the magic and mystery of the world under the sea. Dive in, and delight in the wonders of aquatic life.
Through a playful mix of historic objects, film, illustrations, live creatures and contemporary craft, the exhibition combines science and art to inspire a greater appreciation of Devon’s glorious coastline for visitors of all ages.
Glimpses of the Wonderful embraces the study of the seashore from the early Victorian period, a fascination popularised by pioneer marine biologist Philip Henry Gosse who investigated and created illustrations of Devon’s coastal life.
The exhibition explores how scientists and artists have observed aquatic organisms and shared their knowledge. It features exquisite Victorian scientific models made in wax by the Ziegler Studio and glass by the Blaschkas as well as lecture illustrations made from paper collages and even real animals. The invention of the aquarium by Gosse and others played an important role in bringing the seashore to the public.
Investigate British rockpool creatures up close in RAMM’s aquarium, learn about how to take care of Devon’s fragile coast and be inspired to explore the shore for yourself.
Be the first to see a new work by internationally-renowned glass artist Steffen Dam. His ‘marine life jars’ are a beautiful illusion of reality containing imaginary blown-glass creatures. Dam took inspiration from RAMM’s Percy Sladen collection of starfish and sea urchins to create new forms from his own biological universe. This commission has been supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, Art Fund and the Friends of RAMM.
This exhibition is inspired by RAMM’s collection of rare drawings by PH Gosse. It also draws on the collections of National Museums Wales, Plymouth City Museum & Art Gallery, V&A, Tameside Museums and Galleries and others.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Free entry

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/index.php?s=EXETER_RAMM&p=eventtimes&ev=30711

Dementia Friendly Sign

Dementia Awareness Week

  • 15 — 21 May 2017

Find out about RAMM’s dementia-friendly activities with a slideshow in the Courtyard.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Free, drop in

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/index.php?s=EXETER_RAMM&p=eventtimes&ev=30695

The musicians

Workshop with Alauda Quartet: Violinists and Cellists

  • 16 May 2017 5-6pm

Join members of the Alauda Quartet to learn from the experts about tuning and performance technique. Bring your instrument. Suitable for Grade 3 and above. Their concert follows at 7.30pm.
The Alauda Quartet was formed at the Royal Academy of Music in London in 2011. In 2013 the Quartet was awarded a Junior Fellowship in Chamber Music from the Royal Academy of Music and it was selected as Park Lane Group artists for 2015, giving debut recitals at the Purcell Room as well as St. Martin-in-the-Fields. They have also been selected by Making Music for 2016. Recent tours have taken them to Italy, Spain, Germany and China.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adult £10
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/index.php?s=EXETER_RAMM&p=tickets&perfCode=1463&ev=30153

The Alouda String Quartet playing their instruments

Rathbones Spring Concert: Alauda String Quartet

  • 16 May 2017 7:30-9:15pm

Doors open 6.30pm, Drinks £2 donation; Concert starts at 7.30pm

The Alauda Quartet was formed at the Royal Academy of Music in London in 2011. In 2013 the Quartet was awarded a Junior Fellowship in Chamber Music from the Royal Academy of Music and it was selected as Park Lane Group artists for 2015, giving debut recitals at the Purcell Room as well as St. Martin-in-the-fields. They have also been selected by Making Music for 2016. Recent tours have taken them the Italy, Spain, Germany and China.

Programme
• Mozart: Quartet in B flat K.458 “Hunt”.
• Haydn: Quartet in C Op.74 No.1.
• Mendelssohn: Quartet in F minor Op.80.

Organised by RAMM Development Trust, registered charity no 1038570. The trust raises money through its patron scheme, sponsorship, events and grant applications.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£20 (£15). Patrons: 2 for the price of 1. Series ticket: £55 (£45)

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/index.php?s=EXETER_RAMM&p=tickets&perfCode=1394&ev=29023

Tour sign

Behind the Scenes Tour: More in Store

  • 17 May 2017 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.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

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/index.php?s=EXETER_RAMM&p=tickets&perfCode=1496&ev=22335

Illustration by Gosse

Dementia-friendly Tour of Art and Sea Life

  • 17 May 2017 2-4pm

A friendly, relaxed tour of the exhibition Sea Life: Glimpses of the Wonderful which combines the Victorian art of naturalist Philip Henry Gosse with a real aquarium and contemporary art inspired by the marine world.
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

  • 18+

Admission

£15 (includes 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/index.php?s=EXETER_RAMM&p=tickets&perfCode=1495&ev=30693

Example of Peter Randall-Page's work

Annual Drecki lecture - Paper, Stone, Bronze: Recent Works of Peter Randall-Page

  • 18 May 2017 6:30-8pm

Throughout Peter Randall-Page’s works, repeated forms and fascinations emerge. The artist will share his ongoing interest in order and chaos in natural phenomena and the way that diverse processes often produce similar structures and patterns.
Drinks will be served before the lecture at 6pm.
Organised by the Friends of RAMM (registered charity 306649) in conjunction with the South West Academy of Fine and Applied Arts. The Friends support the museum with financial help towards acquisitions and conservation. www.exeter.gov.uk/friends, E friends@exeter.gov.uk.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£9
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/index.php?s=EXETER_RAMM&p=tickets&perfCode=1498&ev=30713

Illustration of children

One-day workshop: Illustrating Children’s Books

  • 18 May 2017 10am-4pm

Learn about illustration in children’s publishing from picture books to young adult fiction. See how imagery is used to shape narrative and to evoke mood, emotion, character and empathy. There will be the opportunity to work up an idea from a brief, with feedback from published author illustrators. A basic experience of illustration is desired but not essential. Please bring a sketchbook and lunch. Materials and refreshments are provided. Tutors: Tom McLaughlin, Paul Cherrill and Clare Elsom of Exeter Illustrators.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adults £45
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/index.php?s=EXETER_RAMM&p=tickets&perfCode=1497&ev=30721

Roman hoard

Roman Roadshow: Devon County Show

  • 18 — 20 May 2017

Billed as Devon's Big Day Out, the County Show fills fields with stalls showcasing rural life and work alongside opportunities for shopping, entertainment and food-tasting. Drop by RAMM's tent for a hands-on, interactive experience of the largest Roman hoard - 22,888 coins - ever found in Devon, at Seaton Down.

About the Seaton Down Hoard
The Seaton Down Hoard was discovered in November 2013, and has 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. 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.
Work has begun to stabilise the coins. Each coin will be checked and a selection of coins conserved to reveal precise details of their date, type and place of mint. A new display will be created for the entire hoard in 2017.
The purchase and conservation of the hoard of coins was made possible by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Clinton Estates, a private donation by Patrick Long, and many contributions by members of the public.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

For ticket prices and information: T 01392 446000. www.devoncountyshow.co.uk

Website

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Theatre performance

Dive In – Sea Life Launch

  • 20 May 2017 6-8pm

Evening performance by PaddleBoat Theatre - Join us for the evening as we launch the exhibition Sea Life with a sensory, interactive performance to think about what you might see and hear and touch in a watery world quite unlike our own. Then take the opportunity to meet our curator and view the exhibition.
An imaginative celebration of the underwater world. Watch an entertaining performance full of puppetry, poetry, music and drama – some of which will have been created during the day’s workshops. Meet sea creatures and brave explorers, and search the sea with all of our senses. Following the performance, the Sea Life exhibition will be open and our curator will be on hand to answer your questions. Refreshments available to purchase.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

£6 U-4s free

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/index.php?s=EXETER_RAMM&p=tickets&perfCode=1511&ev=30797

Children play with pirate ship

Family Workshops: Glimpses of the Wonderful

  • 20 May 2017 10am-4:30pm

Dive down beneath the waves for an adventure at the bottom of the sea. Join PaddleBoat Theatre for a whole treasure trove of activities and workshops throughout the day. There will be drama, music, poetry and puppetry – so come and see where your imagination takes you.
Puppetry, 10 to 11.30am
Meeting Room A
Transform everyday objects into creatures and characters. Explore the best ways to tell stories using different types of puppets; create your own and bring them to life.
Poetry, 11.30am to 1pm
Garden Meeting Room
Take an expedition into a world of watery words. Investigate what makes a great poem, and why so many poems and songs have been inspired by the sea.
Music, 1.30 to 3pm
Meeting Room A
A chance to play and create music in a whole new way. Help to make the sounds of the sea, from sea shanties to the crashing of the ocean waves.
Drama, 3 to 4.30pm
Meeting Room A
See how you can use your body, voice and imagination with mime, objects and storytelling.
Organised by PaddleBoat Theatre and RAMM in association with Exeter Northcott Theatre. One of a series of lively family activities linked to the RAMM’s summer exhibition, Sea Life: Glimpses of the Wonderful.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

For 4 to 12 year olds. One workshop £7.50 per child, additional workshops: £5. Accompanying adults, free. Includes free evening ticket for each child when accompanied by a paying adult (£6).

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/index.php?s=EXETER_RAMM&p=eventtimes&ev=30726

John Spicer talking

Evening Lecture: Our Current Biodiversity Crisis: What Did Gosse Ever Do For Us?

  • 25 May 2017 7-8pm

John Spicer, Professor of Marine Zoology at the University of Plymouth, explores what Gosse contributed to our current understanding of, and approach to, biodiversity.
Biodiversity, life in all its manifestations, is incredibly beautiful, complex and essential for life on Earth. But it is also disappearing. In the autobiographical book, Father and Son, Edmund Gosse paints a picture of his father Phillip as inhabiting, but never quite crossing, the gap between naturalist and scientist. In this talk, Professor of Marine Zoology at the University of Plymouth, John Spicer explores what Gosse contributed to our current understanding of, and approach to, biodiversity. Is it possible that his son's assessment of his father misses something we vitally need today if global conservation is to be successful?
Part of the busy programme of activities linked to the RAMM’s summer exhibition, Sea Life: Glimpses of the Wonderful.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adult £10, Concession £8

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/index.php?s=EXETER_RAMM&p=tickets&perfCode=1502&ev=30703

Jelly fish

Under 5s: Life on the Ocean Floor

  • 27 May 2017 10:30am-12pm
  • 17 June 2017 10:30am-12pm

Set forth on a voyage of discovery under the sea. Explore a world of colour, pattern, movement, texture and sound. Take off your shoes and socks and paddle with the naturalist and artist Philip Henry Gosse to glimpse life on the ocean floor.
For under 5s and their families. Organised with The Carousel Project. www.thecarouselproject.org.uk.
One of a series of lively family activities linked to the RAMM’s summer exhibition, Sea Life: Glimpses of the Wonderful.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

Free, drop-in

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/index.php?s=EXETER_RAMM&p=eventtimes&ev=30707

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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