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

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/

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

Father and son look at coins

Seaton Down Hoard Weekend

  • 23 April 2017 11am-3pm, 2-4pm *on now

Meet experts, handle objects, and enjoy family activities.
Finds Day - Saturday 22 April
A chance to show your archaeological finds to an expert and to talk to metal detectorists. The first day of our special weekend is an exciting opportunity to explore the Seaton Down Hoard and other finds discovered by metal detectorists.
Coin Conservation Day - Sunday 23 April
Meet museum conservator Sarah Klopf and watch her conserving coins from the Seaton Down Hoard. Explore the coins close up and take part in family-friendly conservation activities.
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 collection of almost 23,000 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

Free, drop in.

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/index.php?s=EXETER_RAMM&p=eventtimes&ev=30798

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

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

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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