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.
Man standing in dark room

Outlier Detection by Rod Dickinson

  • 3 June 2016 — 1 January 2017 *on now

In Rod Dickinson’s Outlier Detection a 3D digital version of a decorative hand-painted 1830s police truncheon from RAMM's collection is animated by a stream of live data from www.legislation.co.uk. The artwork monitors and measures the frequency with which UK legislation is passed on an hour-by-hour basis, in real time. It looks for Government Bills that are called Statutory Instruments, a form of legislation which allows the provisions of an Act of Parliament to be enforced or altered without further Parliamentary scrutiny. When new laws are being passed at an increasing rate, the model truncheon starts to lose detail and break apart. If the rate of legislation continues to escalate, it finally loses all visual coherence before completely disintegrating.
Outlier Detection contains public sector information licensed under the Open Government Licence v3.0.
Rod Dickinson is a visual artist and Programme leader for BA (Hons) Creative Media Design, at the University of West England in Bristol. His performative and media-based artworks explore the way in which our behaviour interacts with media feedback systems and social contexts. Rod has created installations and live events independently and as part of a team, for a variety of organisations including the Hayward Gallery, the Institute of Contemporary Arts, Longside and the Victoria & Albert Museum. Rod’s work is held in public collections including the Arts Council Collection at Southbank Centre. He has exhibited widely, including Frankfurt, Ljubljana, Vancouver and Washington DC.
Artist Reflections: Rod Dickinson is the last of four artists who were invited to create a response to RAMM’s collections. The artists were chosen by RAMM’s Contemporary Arts Panel in consultation with Arts Council England and the Arts Council Collection at Southbank Centre. Artist Reflections was funded by Arts Council England’s Major Partner Museum programme.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=eventtimes&ev=23035

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/

Natural landscape sketch and painting

Kurt Jackson: Revisiting Turner’s Tourism

  • 10 September — 4 December 2016 *on now

Contemporary British artist Kurt Jackson visited 12 locations in Devon and Cornwall depicted in the work of J.M.W. Turner – one of Britain’s greatest landscape painters.
Kurt Jackson has worked within the landscape for over 30 years. Largely influenced by current concerns and seen with an environmental slant, he has become fascinated by the dynamic element of change through both our own pressure and the Earth’s natural processes. From Land’s End to Exeter he investigated and recorded the profound changes that have occurred between the 19th century and the present.
The exhibition showcases a diverse body of work in a variety of media with accompanying film, sketchbooks and other relevant material. Jackson’s new works will be shown together with the Turner engravings that inspired them.
Kurt Jackson is based in Cornwall and his practice has taken him throughout the country and Europe. He was given access to the University of Exeter’s collection of Turner engravings, produced to promote tourism through ‘the picturesque’.
Organised in collaboration with the University of Exeter.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=eventtimes&ev=25536

Two landscape paintings

Kurt Jackson: Revisiting Turner’s Tourism

  • 26 September — 4 December 2016 *on now

Contemporary British artist Kurt Jackson visited 12 locations in Devon and Cornwall depicted in the work of J.M.W. Turner – one of Britain’s greatest landscape painters.
Kurt Jackson has worked within the landscape for over 30 years. Largely influenced by current concerns and seen with an environmental slant, he has become fascinated by the dynamic element of change through both our own pressure and the Earth’s natural processes. From Land’s End to Exeter he investigated and recorded the profound changes that have occurred between the 19th century and the present.
The exhibition showcases a diverse body of work in a variety of media with accompanying film, sketchbooks and other relevant material. Jackson’s new works will be shown together with the Turner engravings that inspired them.
Kurt Jackson is based in Cornwall and his practice has taken him throughout the country and Europe. He was given access to the University of Exeter’s collection of Turner engravings, produced to promote tourism through ‘the picturesque’.
Exhibition catalogue, Kurt Jackson: Revisiting Turner’s Tourism, available: £20.
Organised in collaboration with the University of Exeter.
Accompanying events
Thursday 20 October: Creative Responses to Landscape: a discussion between Sam Smiles and Kurt Jackson, 6.30 to 7.30pm, £15 (£12).
Friday 28 October: My Favourite View Family art workshop, 10.15am to 1.15pm, children £5, adults free.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=eventtimes&ev=25536

Marc Astley holds up rugby tshirt

What do you Collect? Rugby World Cup Memorabilia

  • 4 October 2016 — 8 January 2017 *on now

Marc Astley started collecting during Rugby World Cup last year to ensure there was a legacy to remember this historic sporting event for Exeter.
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/?p=eventtimes&ev=26718

Monochrome image of waves

Cafe exhibition: The Numinous by Jemma Cholawo

  • 4 October 2016 — 8 January 2017 *on now

This exhibition of black and white photographs and paintings captures the great mystery that lies inside the forces of nature in landscapes touched by wild weather and overwhelming beauty.
Jemma Cholawo has completed commissions for artwork in the UK, Canada and America. The work in this exhibition is for sale.

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

Silver Brooch

Lunchtime Lecture: Henry Ellis of Exeter, Silversmith in Ordinary to Queen Victoria

  • 13 December 2016 1-2:15pm

Henry Ellis (1790-1871) was a leading Exeter merchant who recorded life in the city. Initially a watch and clockmaker, he shared the Victorian enthusiasm for locally produced goods. Using silver from the mines at Combe Martin in North Devon, he produced a range of items, which excited the interest of Queen Victoria.
Jeremy Pearson was Curator of Applied Art at RAMM 1979-88 and then Senior Curator for the National Trust in the South West.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£6.50

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=tickets&perfCode=1299&ev=26717

French welcome party for Queen Victoria

Queen Victoria in Paris: Watercolours from the Royal Collection

  • 20 December 2016 — 23 April 2017

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/

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.
Image of Midge Ure playing guitar

Midge Ure: Something from Everything

  • 10 December 2016 From 7:30pm

Enjoy favourite hits and something unusual, all played with Midge’s usual commitment and experienced in the intimacy of RAMM’s gallery.
His latest shows, on the “Something From Everything Tour”, cover at least one song from every album he has released from the Rich Kids in 1977, via Visage and Ultravox, to his solo albums such as the Gift, Pure and Answers to Nothing. Playing with three-piece India Electric Company adds texture and depth to the material, this time Joseph O'Keefe will be adding keyboards to the mixture providing a more electronic nature to some of the songs.
Midge Ure has a career that spans over 40 years – from his “pop band” beginnings, “almost” joining the Sex Pistols, the electronic groundbreaking work with Visage (Fade To Grey is still voted #1 in its genre across Europe), via the mainstream success of Ultravox to the twists and turns of his solo releases.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£20

Website

http://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=tickets&perfCode=1030&ev=25264

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

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01392 265858

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