Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery

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 665858

Fax

01392 421252

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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.

Fijian Art

  • 1 June — 31 December 2014 *on now

A display of RAMM’s Fijian objects with new interpretation by the Fijian Art Research Project. Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and developed with Pacific specialists based at the University of East Anglia.

Admission

Please check exact dates before visiting.

Website

http://www.​rammuseum.​org.​uk

World Cultures Display: Fijian Art

  • Until 1 December 2014 *on now
  • From 17 June 2014

A display of RAMM's Fijian objects with new interpretation by the Fijian Art Research Project. Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and developed with Pacific specialists based at the University of East Anglia. Visit RAMM Website

Daddy Witch 2008 by Clare Woods b1972 enamel and oil on aluminium Arts Council Collection © the artist courtesy Stuart Shave Modern Art

Detached and Timeless: Contemporary artists inspired by nature and spirit of place

  • 12 July — 2 November 2014 *on now

Featuring some of the most significant figures in British art from the past 60 years, including David Bomberg, Edward Burra, Prunella Clough, Terry Frost, Patrick Heron, Roger Hilton, Peter Lanyon, Richard Long, Rachel Lowe, George Shaw and Clare Woods, this exhibition looks at the way modern artists have been inspired by landscapes, nature and the seasons.

Imaginary, mystical places have provided the stimulus for several of the artists. Others have been inspired by real Westcountry locations. Some touch on themes of spirituality and paganism. The results are works which are often abstract, sometimes representational and occasionally other-worldly.

Comprising a core group of 20th-century paintings from RAMM’s collection, most works come to Exeter on loan from the Arts Council Collection, the national loan collection of modern and contemporary British art. Key pieces include Soaring Flight by Peter Lanyon, the monumental Daddy Witch by Clare Woods, and Bomberg’s Self Portrait from 1937, one of the earliest works in the Arts Council Collection.

In other media, the exhibition includes Fourteen Stones by Richard Long, Rachel Lowe’s video A Letter to an Unknown Person, No.5 and photography by Keith Arnatt and Jem Southam.

‘Detached & Timeless’ has been originated especially for RAMM in collaboration with the Arts Council Collection on the Southbank, with loans from Plymouth City Museum & Art Gallery

Website

https://www.rammuseum.org.uk/exhibitions/detached-and-timeless-contemporary-artists-inspired-by-nature-and-spirit-of-place

Ruins of Ypres – Cloth Hall in Distance by Muirhead Bone 1876-1953 lithograph 1917

Exeter’s Fine Art

  • 29 August 2014 — 4 January 2015

Commemorating the outbreak of the First World War with works by Walter Bayes and Muirhead Bone, RAMM's portrait collection will also be represented by two naval heroes of the Napoleonic era with Devon connections - Admiral Edward Pellew and Captain Charles Proby. Pellew rose to become commander of the Mediterranean fleet and a national celebrity after the Bomdardment of Algiers whilst Proby also gave outstanding service in the Seven Years War and the War of American Independence.

Website

https://www.rammuseum.org.uk/exhibitions/exeters-fine-art-autumn-2014

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.
Exploring the Vertues of Herbes

Exploring the Vertues of Herbes

  • 28 August 2014 11am-1pm

Using a variety of plants gathered from their own physick garden and from the wild places of the former Polsloe Priory, the Herb Women will be preparing infusions, tisanes, poultices and healing salves for the benefit and well being of the Hurst-Clifton household.

St Nicholas Priory is a hidden jewel just a short walk from the city centre: This splendid Grade 1 listed building was originally part of Exeter’s first medieval monastery. It is now presented as a richly furnished Tudor home in 1602 style based on evidence from inventories and archaeology.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Drop in, admission charged.

Website

https://www.rammuseum.org.uk/whats-on/exploring-the-vertues-of-herbes-thursday-28-august

Sunny Times

Family Activity: Sunny Times

  • 27 — 28 August 2014 10:30am-3:30pm *on now

RAMM has a wonderful collection of clocks and watches. But before these were invented other ways were used to keep track of time including the stars, sundials, water clocks, hourglasses and candles. Make and decorate a sundial for your sunny spot.

Adults are expected to stay with their children while they participate and must remain with them if they are under 8 years of age. Some activities are messy so please wear clothes that can get dirty. Aprons will be provided.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Any age

Admission

£2.50 drop in. Tickets can be purchased on the day from the Garden reception.

Website

https://www.rammuseum.org.uk/whats-on/family-activity-sunny-times

Unexpected Festival: The Great Fete

Unexpected Festival: The Great Fete

  • 30 August 2014 4:30-7:30pm

In August 2014 the world marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. In Exeter the recruitment of civilians into the forces began in earnest in August 1914. These recruitment events captured the spirit of that time when nobody expected the war to last so long or for the losses to be so severe. Unexpected has created a reinterpretation of the enthusiastic, optimistic recruitment events which encouraged the men and boys from Exeter to enlist in 1914.

Raise Morale! Do Your Bit! Be examined by the Sergeant Major, grab an enlistment pass. Participate in activities designed to be fun as well as informative about the practical realities of military life: an obstacle course, map reading skills, agility tests, show of strength; interact with characters of the period, recruitment sergeants, enlisting nurses and more presented by Le Navet Bete, Nuts and Volts Theatre, Promenade Promotions and, for the very young, join in the storytelling and printing with Devon Carousel.

Have a cup of tea and join in the Tea Dance to the romantic strains of a live Palm Court Ensemble. Or join in a sing song on the Music Hall Stage – a contemporary look at this popular entertainment including many of the songs that suggested joining up to fight was every man’s duty: We don’t want to lose you (but we think you ought to go) (1914), Goodbye-ee (1917). Exeter Unexpected Expects You! www.unexpectedexeter.co.uk

First World War Centenary 2014-18. The First World War changed the way we live. RAMM’s four-year programme of exhibitions, displays, events and activities focuses on the 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

https://www.rammuseum.org.uk/whats-on/unexpected-festival-the-great-fete

Gallery conversation: Exeter’s Fine Art

Gallery conversation: Exeter’s Fine Art

  • 10 September 2014 1-2pm

Accompanying the exhibition Exeter’s Fine Art: 29 August to 4 January 2015.

Admission

£8 (£6). 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://www.rammuseum.org.uk/whats-on/gallery-conversation-exeters-fine-art-10-september

Heritage Open Day

Heritage Open Day at St Nicholas Priory

  • 13 September 2014 10am-5pm

A perfect opportunity to bring the whole family and discover a hidden jewel just a short walk from the city centre: Originally part of Exeter’s first medieval monastery, St Nicholas Priory is now presented as a richly furnished Tudor home in 1602 style based on evidence from inventories and archaeology.

Website

https://www.rammuseum.org.uk/whats-on/heritage-open-day-at-st-nicholas-priory

Creative Writing Workshop

Creative Writing Workshop

  • 13 September 2014 10:30am-4pm

Whether you’re a novice or an experienced writer, come and explore RAMM’s collections to stretch your imagination and inspire you to write unexpected, exciting narratives in prose and poetry. This workshop is facilitated by Dr Sally Flint and Dr Ginny Baily, co-founders and editors of Riptide short story journal and Canto Poetry, based at the University of Exeter. Fpr tickets and more information, contact editors@riptidejournal.co.uk or www.riptidejournal.co.uk.

Admission

£35 from Riptide. For tickets and more information, contact editors@riptidejournal.co.uk or www.riptidejournal.co.uk.

Website

https://www.rammuseum.org.uk/whats-on/creative-writing-workshop-13-september-2014

Drawing from the Museum's Collections

Drawing from the Museum's Collections

  • 16 September — 28 October 2014

Tuesdays 16, 23, 30 September 7, 21 and 28 October

By examining some of the Museum’s collections, tutor Nicci Wonnacott will take a journey, whilst discussing and considering the historical, geographical and creative ideas that tell the story of the object. Participants will then respond through drawing to create a sketchbook and develop mixed media art works. A different area of RAMM’s collections will be featured each week.

Admission

£52 from WEA. Free for those in receipt of means tested benefit. Advance bookings for WEA courses from W www.wea-sw.org.uk, T 01392 457300.
Course ref: C3524782

Website

https://www.rammuseum.org.uk/whats-on/drawing-from-the-museums-collection

Pattern Design for Fashion, Art and Textiles

Pattern Design for Fashion, Art and Textiles

  • 16 September — 28 October 2014

Tuesdays 16, 23, 30 September, 7, 21 and 28 October

Each week tutor Nicci Wonnacott will look at a different area of RAMM’s collections to inform our understanding of pattern and design. Sketching
from the collections, participants will develop ideas through colour and form in the studio and build a portfolio of patterns and textiles designs from which to create new and exciting surfaces.

Admission

£77 from WEA. Free for those in receipt of means tested benefit. Advance bookings for WEA courses from W www.wea-sw.org.uk, T 01392 457300.
Course ref: C3525481

Website

https://www.rammuseum.org.uk/whats-on/pattern-design-for-fashion-art-and-textiles

Developing Ideas from Drawing from the Museum's Collections

Developing Ideas from Drawing from the Museum’s Collections

  • 17 September — 29 October 2014

An opportunity to progress drawings and ideas into new work, through idea development, working on large scale drawings and paintings and developing ideas for illustration and art to create interesting and new creations. Tutor Nicci Wonnacott.

Admission

£52 from WEA. Free for those in receipt of means tested benefit. Advance bookings for WEA courses from W www.wea-sw.org.uk, T 01392 457300.
Course ref: C3525484

Website

https://www.rammuseum.org.uk/whats-on/developing-ideas-from-drawing-from-the-museums-collections-starting-17-september

Developing ideas in pattern design from the Museum's collection

Developing Ideas in Pattern Design from the Museum’s Collections

  • 17 September — 29 October 2014

This course will offer an exciting chance to develop sketches and designs into new creations, through design processes. Participants will work through large scale drawings and paintings and developing ideas for paintings, illustrations, fabrics and stitch to create interesting ideas and objects. Sketchbook development will be a key aspect to the success of the course. Tutor Nicci Wonnacott.

Admission

£77 from WEA. Free for those in receipt of means tested benefit. Advance bookings for WEA courses from W www.wea-sw.org.uk, T 01392 457300.
Course ref: C3525483

Website

https://www.rammuseum.org.uk/whats-on/developing-ideas-in-pattern-design-from-the-museums-collections

Behind the Scenes Tour: More in Store

Behind the Scenes Tour: More in Store

  • 18 September 2014 From 10:30am

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.

Admission

£7 (£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://www.rammuseum.org.uk/whats-on/behind-the-scenes-tour-more-in-store-18-september

Evening Lecture: Paradise Found

Evening lecture: Paradise Found

  • 24 September 2014 From 7:30pm

Award-winning artist and pupil of Robert Lenkiewicz, Nahem Shoa will explore the work of a number of artists in Detached and Timeless, including Bomberg, Lanyon, Heron and Clough. Exploring the different approaches used by them in conveying the landscape of the Southwest, he will build bridges between their paintings and other masters of the history of art. He will also discuss why, for British artists, the Southwest has been seen as a kind of paradise. Followed by Q&A session with Nahem and exhibition curator Martin Thomas.

Accompanying the exhibition Detached and Timeless: contemporary artists inspired by nature and spirit of place: 12 July to 2 November.

Admission

£12 (£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://www.rammuseum.org.uk/whats-on/evening-lecture-paradise-found

The Dreaded War Cloud has Burst: the home front in Devon in 1914

Lecture: The Dreaded War Cloud Has Burst

  • 25 September 2014 1-2pm

From August to December 1914 Devon’s population witnessed the transformation from peacetime to wartime. The residents of Devon were encouraged to participate in the war effort which ranged from recruitment efforts to war charities. Dr Richard Batten, who researched Devon and the First World War at the University of Exeter, explores how Devonians responded to the circumstances of wartime on the Home Front in 1914.

Part of First World War Centenary, the national partnership of commemorative events www.1914.org.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 14-15
  • 16-17

Admission

£8.00 (£6.00).

Website

https://www.rammuseum.org.uk/whats-on/lecture-the-dreaded-war-cloud-has-burst-the-home-front-in-devon-in-1914

Chat about the Birds

Chat about the Birds

  • 25 September 2014 11am-4pm

Meet local bird experts from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB).
Discover underwater wonders around Devon’s shores, learn how bees are saving the UK millions of pounds a year, which piece of clothing inspired the RSPB’s origins and how everything from tigers to sparrows are being protected by local conservationists.

Wildlife Tours - 11am and 2pm

Join them for a 20 to 30 minute walk around the museum to see the wildlife on display.

Admission

Free, drop in

Website

https://www.rammuseum.org.uk/whats-on/chat-about-the-birds-25-september

"We all make it again": Ancient Landscapes, Modern Art

“We all make it again”: Ancient Landscapes, Modern Art

  • 1 October 2014 1-2pm

An illustrated talk by Michael Bird. Peter Lanyon, Sandra Blow, Richard Long – why was the landscape so important for British artists in the urban 20th century? Focusing on the story of art in Cornwall after the second world war, Michael Bird explores modern artists’ continuing fascination with the West Country’s ancient landscapes. Michael has written many books and essays on art, including The St Ives Artists: A Biography of Place and Time, Art in Cornwall and 100 Ideas that Changed Art.

Accompanying the exhibition Detached and Timeless: contemporary artists inspired by nature and spirit of place: 12 July to 2 November.

Admission

£8 (£6). 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://www.rammuseum.org.uk/whats-on/we-all-make-it-again-ancient-landscapes-modern-art

A Wild Day In: Nature Roadshow

A Wild Day In: Nature Roadshow

  • 18 October 2014 10am-4pm

Bring along your wildlife specimens, photos and sounds to be identified by a range of experts. With British wildlife collections from RAMM’s stores on show and activities including wildlife art demonstrations, poetry readings and beetle drives, there’s something for everyone. What’s more, TV’s Nick Baker will be with us. A must for anyone passionate about nature.

RSPB, registered charity no. 207076. No wildlife or habitats should be harmed, put at risk, or unduly disturbed.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free, drop in.

Website

https://www.rammuseum.org.uk/whats-on/a-wild-day-in-nature-roadshow

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