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.

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This museum has a Designated Collection of national importance.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery

Opening hours

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

Admission charges

RAMM entry is free.

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.
Post Eleven Speaking, oil on canvas, about 1941-1942 by Leighton Hall Woolatt

Exeter’s Fine Art: Modern

  • 12 September 2017 — 29 April 2018 *on now

This diverse selection features two works by the British Pop Art movement artist Brian Rice which are shown for the first time, having been gifted to RAMM through the Art Fund. Other works include Barbara Hepworth’s remarkable figurative drawing Preparation, Leighton Hall Woolatt’s Post Eleven Speaking and Patrick Heron’s Two Vermilions, Green and Purple in Red.
RAMM’s art collection is rich and varied. It consists of over 7,000 paintings, prints, drawings, watercolours, miniatures and sculptures, dating from the 1400s to the present day. The collection includes donations from individuals, bequests and purchases. The display changes to show a range of RAMM’s artworks.
RAMM’s fine art collection can be explored online at: http://bit.ly/RAMMFineArt.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=eventtimes&ev=32704

Photograph of Simin Eivazi's artwork, embroidered digital camouflage fabric

Simin Eivazi -The Promised Lands

  • 26 September 2017 — 25 March 2018 *on now

The Promised Lands, (2013 to Present) Work in Progress
Digital camouflage army jacket worn by a U.S. soldier in the Iraq War, traditional Persian Sermeh Douzi embroidery with beads, bullion and metal threads.

Simin Eivazi is an Iranian born American feminist multidisciplinary cultural practitioner currently living and working in London. She obtained her BFA in sculpture from California College of the Arts in San Francisco and completed her MA in art and politics at Goldsmiths, University of London as a Jack Kent Cooke scholar.
Her artistic practice explores possibilities to critically respond to the politics of sovereignty, conflict and terror through investigating the poetics of identity, dislocation, religion and femininity. The notion of body is a crucial layer to her practice; hence, both the absence and presence of the body are materialized through the performative aspect of her projects. She explores various forms and materials such as, ceramics, textiles and poetry as well as found objects that contain certain histories or philosophies where their past contents become relevant to the present or those of the future.

Suitable for

  • Any age
A historical portrait of a woman wearing traditional collar and large black hat

Wall of Portraits

  • 3 October — 3 December 2017 *on now

Who is the most inspiring woman you can think of? Visit the museum to see a display of portraits made by community groups of remarkable women from Exeter, Devon and around the world. Take a fun picture using our Women of the World cut-out portraits and share by tweeting or instagramming #exetermuseum #WOWExeter. For more information visit www.bit.ly/RAMMwowportrait.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/index.php?s=EXETER_RAMM&p=eventtimes&ev=34499

A painting by Naomi Hart showing trees that form a shadowy tunnel

Some far off magic land by Naomi Hart

  • 3 October 2017 — 7 January 2018 *on now

The Cafe at RAMM
Naomi has been travelling all her life and records her journeys in sketches and paintings exploring how myth and reality can coincide within the same landscape. From the forests of France to the deserts of Australia, this exhibition conveys a sense of place and the mystery that we can find there.
The title of the exhibition comes from a quote by Ann Davison, the first woman to sail solo across the Atlantic. ‘Forgetting all the discomforts, the terrors, and the weariness, I wished I was back aboard, preparing to set out for some other far off magic land ...’
The work in this display is for sale.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=eventtimes&ev=34456

Collage showing the three winning entries for the BP portrait awards

BP Portrait Award 2017

  • 4 October — 3 December 2017 *on now

Selected from 2,580 entries by artists from 87 countries around the world, the BP Portrait Award 2017 represents the very best in contemporary portrait painting. With parents, poseurs, figurative nudes, famous faces, expressive sketches and photo-realism, the variety and vitality of the exhibition continue to make it an unmissable highlight of the annual art calendar. The BP Portrait Award, organised by the National Portrait Gallery, London, is the most prestigious international portrait painting competition of its kind. With a first prize of £30,000 the competition has launched the careers of many renowned artists. The show includes First Prize winner Benjamin Sullivan for Breech!, Second Prize winner Thomas Ehretsmann for Double Portrait, Third Prize winner Antony Williams for Emma – as well the work of the BP Young Artist Award winner Henry Christian-Slane. The exhibition also includes a small showcase of portraits by young artists from Exeter College.
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.
Supported by BP

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Entry £5 (concessions £3)

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=eventtimes&ev=31759

The collector holding an eye bath with his vast collection of eye baths in the background

What do you Collect? A Sight for Sore Eyes

  • 10 October 2017 — 7 January 2018 *on now

Finders Keepers? Gallery
Another in RAMM’s special series showing the passions of local collectors. See this unusual range of eyebaths collected by a retired ophthalmic surgeon. These cup-shaped vessels for rinsing the eyes have changed little in design from those produced 200 years ago.
Display your collection
If you have a collection that you would like to display, ramm@exeter.gov.uk.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=eventtimes&ev=34455

A small black and red lady's accessory

Keeping up Appearances

  • 21 November 2017 — 20 May 2018 *on now

Courtyard
On the Home Front during the First World War, women were encouraged to maintain a positive outlook and to dress well, especially when men returned from posts overseas. This small display will showcase a selection of pretty, decorative accessories worn for days out or for evening occasions.
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

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=eventtimes&ev=34457

A photograph showing paint brushes and the Express and Echo logo

The Express & Echo Local Art Show

  • 13 December 2017 — 17 January 2018

The Express & Echo Local Art Show gives art groups and societies from Exeter and the surrounding areas the chance to display their members’ work in an exhibition at RAMM. Shortlisted entries are featured in the Express & Echo and readers are invited to vote for their favourite. This annual competition aims to recognise, reward and foster creativity in the city and surrounding area, and gives one group the opportunity to display their best work. The theme for the 2017 competition is Dartmoor, to complement RAMM’s main winter exhibition, Dartmoor: A Wild and Wondrous Region. Previous winners of the Express & Echo Local Art Show are: Flying Colours (2016), Topsham Art Group (2015), Sense (2014), Hive Art Group (2013) and Fairstream Arts (2012).

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=eventtimes&ev=29525

An oil paiting showing the wild, hilly green landscapes and turbulent river of Dartmoor

Dartmoor: A Wild and Wondrous Region

  • 22 December 2017 — 31 March 2018

Dartmoor has inspired generations of artists. This exhibition traces the story of Dartmoor, once described as a ‘dreary mountainous tract’ and later as the epitome of the picturesque. This transformation was largely brought about through the imagination of artists such as JMW Turner, Thomas Rowlandson and Samuel Palmer. The coming of the railways brought greater numbers of tourists to Exeter and Dartmoor. Locally based artists such as William and FJ Widgery catered for this market and made Dartmoor landscape art immensely popular. Artists’ interpretations of Dartmoor on railway posters and postcards contributed to this tourist trade. The artists in the exhibition have depicted the moor using a wide range of media including oil paintings, watercolours, engravings and early photographs. Works from RAMM’s collections are displayed alongside loans from British museums and galleries as well as rarely seen works from private collections. Dartmoor: A Wild and Wondrous Region is a partnership with Dartmoor National Park Authority, and forms one of the main public outcomes of the Heritage Lottery Fund Landscape Partnership-funded Moor than meets the eye project.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=eventtimes&ev=34454

A magic lantern slide with the word 'welcome' and illustartions of strawberries and roses drawn on it

Marvellous Magic Lanterns

  • 12 — 14 January 2018

Garden meeting room
For three days only we’re showcasing a small display of magic lantern items. See a selection of the historic slides, lanterns and paper ephemera from the collections of RAMM and The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum at the University of Exeter, brought together for RAMM’s hosting of the ‘A Million Pictures’ academic workshop.
Come and see this marvellous mechanical invention.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=eventtimes&ev=34458

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 a Mummy Tomb from the collection

Ancient Egypt: Tours

  • 25 November 2017 12-2pm

Learn about the background to the collection and visit the Tomb of Shep en-Mut. Each tour is limited to 8 people on a first come first served basis.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 0-4
  • 7-10

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=eventtimes&ev=22402

Mummy

Ancient Egypt: Activities

  • 25 November 2017 11am-3pm

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.

Under 5s free.
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.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10

Admission

£3

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=eventtimes&ev=22401

Portrait photograph of poet Lemn Sissay

An evening with Lemn Sissay and Fiona Graham-Mackay

  • 24 November 2017 5:30-8:15pm

Lemn Sissay MBE, acclaimed poet and broadcaster, will be in conversation with portrait artist Fiona Graham-Mackay. This will be followed by a poetry performance by Lemn. There will also be an opportunity to chat with the artists, as well as book signing.
Lemn Sissay is author of five books of poetry spanning 25 years and has read on stages throughout the world. He was an official poet for the London Olympics and his Landmark Poems are installed throughout Manchester and London.
Fiona Graham-Mackay has painted hundreds of portraits, including Seamus Heaney and Sir Andrew Motion. Fiona’s portrait of Lemn Sissay is in the BP Portrait Award 2017 exhibition at RAMM touring from the National Portrait Gallery. She was also commissioned by BBC Radio 4 as part of the ‘A Portrait of…’ series.
6.15 to 8.15pm, doors and bar open at 5.30pm.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£12 (£10 early bird until 10 Nov)
Tickets include entry into BP Portrait Award 2017 and 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/?p=tickets&perfCode=1828&ev=34490

An aerial view of someone's hands drawing a portrait in charcoal on paper

Draw Inspiration from RAMM

  • 24 November 2017 2-4:30pm

Explore the objects in RAMM’s collections and discover new artistic expression through drawing with charcoal. This is a rare opportunity to take part in a confidence-building workshop with award-winning artist Fiona Graham-Mackay, who has exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery.
Suitable for 16+. Charcoal materials will be provided. Please bring an apron, A3 plus sketchbook and a putty rubber.
Location: Meeting Room A
Sponsored by Hawksmoor Investments Management.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£15. 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/?p=tickets&perfCode=1826&ev=34489

portrait of nicholas cullinan

The Changing Face of Britain

  • 1 December 2017 5:30-7:30pm

How does a Victorian gallery founded in an Age of Empire move with the times? Nicholas Cullinan, Director of the National Portrait Gallery and Chair of the judging panel for the BP Portrait Award 2017 argues, ‘At a time when identity, shared culture and civic values are increasingly relevant to us all, the National Portrait Gallery is uniquely placed to generate a discussion by reflecting on our common artistic, cultural and social history – in short, what binds us together.’

The doors and bar open at 5.30pm and there will be an opportunity to view the exhibition before the lecture, which will be introduced at 6.30pm by Camilla Hampshire, Museums Manager and Cultural Lead and one of the judges for the BP Portrait Award 2017 exhibition.

The BP Portrait Award is organised by the National Portrait Gallery, London, and supported by BP.

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.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£15 (£12 Early bird until 17 Nov)

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=tickets&perfCode=1835&ev=34503

Tour sign

Behind the Scenes Tour: More in Store

  • 6 December 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

£5

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/index.php?s=EXETER_RAMM&p=tickets&perfCode=1496&ev=22335

Group of children playing a video game

Gamerama: Museum-inspired games

  • 9 December 2017 2-2:50pm

A showcase of digital games inspired by the Seaton Down Hoard. Try out the games and meet some of their creators. Bring your own device and use the free Wi-Fi to start gaming.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£5

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=eventtimes&ev=34487

Two people drawing with a crayon

Dementia-friendly Art Making

  • 13 December 2017 10:30am-12:30pm

A hands-on creative activity focusing on portraits. Includes entry to BP Portrait Award 2017 exhibition and all materials.
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.
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. ruth.gidley@exeter.gov.uk

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.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£15 (includes companion)

Coleton Fishacre estate

Coleton Fishacre and the D’Oyly Carte Family

  • 14 December 2017 1:10-2:15pm

‘Here’s a Howdy Do’... Gilbert and Sullivan’s operettas made a fortune for the D’Olyly Carte dynasty. This talk will look at their businesses and the marine holiday home that Rupert and Lady Dorothy built for the family at Coleton Fishacre near Kingswear, South Devon in the 1920s.
A talk by Jeremy Pearson, formerly Senior Curator for the National Trust in the South West.
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.

Organised by Friends of Exeter Museums & Art Gallery, registered charity no. 306649. The Friends support the museum with financial help towards acquisitions and conservation. www.exeter.gov.uk/friends, friends@exeter.gov.uk.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£6

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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