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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View of RAMM from the front
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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.
Polly Morgan with 'You Are Here'

Artist Reflections: Polly Morgan

  • 31 August 2014 — 31 March 2015 *on now

The first of four artists’ responses to RAMM’s collections, Polly Morgan’s You Are Here is on display. Polly studied with Scottish taxidermist George Jamieson, and over the past ten years she has played with taxidermy traditions, creating unsettling sculptures that question our often sentimentalised view of the natural world. Her art has caught the imagination of collectors, curators and audiences around the world and she has exhibited in Cyprus, Denmark, Germany, Italy, the UK and US. For more information about Polly visit www.pollymorgan.co.uk

Artists Reflections is funded by Arts Council England’s Major Partner Museum programme. The list of artists was drawn up by RAMM’s Contemporary Arts Panel, in consultation with Arts Council England and Arts Council Collection at Southbank Centre.

Website

http://www.rammuseum.org.uk/whats-on/artist-reflections-polly-morgan

image showing three First World War propaganda posters

Paper Persuaders

  • 27 September 2014 — 22 March 2015 *on now

When the First World War broke out the British Army numbered 45,000, with another 250,000 part time soldiers. The Secretary of State for War, Lord Kitchener, quickly realised the need to recruit and expand the army. The government set up the Parliamentary Recruiting Committee in August 1914 and began the campaign to increase recruits to fight for their country.

Over the five years of the war, over 100 poster designs were commissioned to encourage and persuade people to do their bit. This exhibition shows a selection of them.

From time to time galleries will be closed for special events; please check before travelling.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.rammuseum.org.uk/exhibitions/paper-persuaders-first-world-war-posters

Art and Soul

Art & Soul: Victorians and the Gothic

  • 22 November 2014 — 12 April 2015 *on now

Some of the most memorable Victorian works of art and architecture were inspired by the middle ages. This major exhibition explores an era when, as the most powerful nation in the modern world, Britain looked back to a pre-industrial age of centuries past.

It presents a rare opportunity to see works by some of the greatest 19th century artists and designers with important loans from national and regional collections, including the Victoria & Albert Museum, Royal Collection, Tate, Ashmolean and the National Trust.

William Morris and Augustus Pugin are represented together with the leaders of the Arts and Crafts Movement, Walter Crane and William Lethaby, and the Pre-Raphaelites, Edward Burne-Jones, Ford Madox Brown, John William Waterhouse and John Ruskin.

Website

http://www.rammuseum.org.uk/exhibitions/art-soul-victorians-and-the-gothic

Painting of Henry Vaughan: A Reclusive Collector of Art

Henry Vaughan: a reclusive collector of art

  • 18 December 2014 — 5 July 2015 *on now

In 1899, at the age of 90 unmarried and with no children, Henry Vaughan bequeathed one of the biggest private collections of art to several major British public institutions. What isn’t common knowledge was that before this bequest was made, Henry Vaughan donated his father‘s small collection of ethnographic artefacts to the Albert Memorial Museum when it opened its doors to the public in 1868.

In the last four decades, this collection has received much academic attention because of its connection to the second and third voyages of Captain Cook. The display tells the story of Henry Vaughan and the journey of those objects from the exotic South Sea Islands to Exeter.

Part of Discovering Worlds project funded by the Designation Development Fund exploring Exeter’s historic Pacific collections and also the histories of lesser known donors.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.rammuseum.org.uk/whats-on/henry-vaughan-a-reclusive-collector-of-art

photograph of container holding many novelty rubbers

What Do You Collect? Rubbers

  • 6 January — 23 March 2015 *on now

From well-known characters and novelty food to souvenirs of places visited, this collection featured in RAMM’s local collectors display case was started over 20 years ago and just keeps on growing. This stationery collection is far from stationary.

Display your collection
Do you have a collection that you would like to exhibit? Email ramm@exeter.gov.uk.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.rammuseum.org.uk/whats-on/what-do-you-collect-rubbers

poster for faces of conflict exhibition showing painting of man after facial reconstructive surgery

Faces of Conflict: The impact of the First World War on art and facial reconstructive surgery

  • 17 January — 5 April 2015 *on now

This exhibition brings together collections of historic surgical instruments, the works of artists such as Otto Dix and Wyndham Lewis and contemporary artworks, some commissioned for this exhibition.

The unprecedented numbers of facial injuries in 1914-18 led to both innovations in surgical practice and to a permanently changed understanding of the face. Just as artistic practice fed into surgical practice (through sculptors working as mask-makers), so the radically new forms of surgery developed at this time changed the context in which artists represented the face.

The exhibition looks at the unique historical situation of the facially injured soldiers of the First World War, the complex question of their reintegration into society and the long-term cultural legacy of that situation.

The exhibition connects works created during and immediately after the First World War (items from the McAlister collection (Gillies Archives) and works by Henry Tonks and Eduardo Paolozzi) to contemporary work by René Apallec, Eleanor Crook and Paddy Hartley.

Website

http://www.rammuseum.org.uk/exhibitions/faces-of-conflict

Ebb and Flow: Chris Watson

Ebb and Flow: Chris Watson

  • 28 March — 31 December 2015

Seasonal sounds through the Devon Year. Chris Watson, one of the world’s leading wildlife recorders, is bringing sounds from rural Devon into the heart of RAMM. Four seasonal recordings from a variety of locations will be used to create a changing soundscape evocative of Devon’s diverse ecosystems.

Chris Watson is a BAFTA award-winning audio recordist who has worked with the BBC on many of their best-known natural history productions including Tweet of the Day, Frozen Planet and The Life of Birds.

Ebb and Flow has been made possible through New Expressions 3, a national programme fostering collaboration between contemporary artists and museums and is supported by the National Lottery through Grants for the Arts.

Website

http://www.rammuseum.org.uk/whats-on/ebb-and-flow-chris-watson

poster for Local Art Show 2015 exhibition showing paintbrushes on a white background

Express & Echo Local Art Show 2015

  • 25 April — 10 May 2015

The annual Express & Echo 2015 Local Art Show gives art groups and societies from Exeter and the surrounding area the chance to display their members work in an exhibition at RAMM. Shortlisted entries are featured in the Express & Echo and readers invited to vote on their favourite.

Rosie Denham, Exeter’s Lead Councillor for Economy and Culture, explains: “This competition allows us to give recognition to the work of local art groups, help broaden appreciation of the wealth of local talent and give one group the opportunity to display their best work in perfect surroundings. Exeter City Council is delighted to be working with the Express & Echo to help recognise, reward and foster creativity in the city.”

The previous winners are Sense (2014), Hive Art Group (2013) and Fairstream Arts (2012).

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.rammuseum.org.uk/exhibitions/express-echo-local-art-show-2015

abstract painting of landscape with opening seed pod

Benedict Rubbra: Eye to Image

  • 2 May — 2 August 2015

This is the first major exhibition dedicated to this Devon-based artist’s search for a harmonious relationship between form, colour and light. Paintings and drawings spanning four decades trace the development of his singular technique.

The works all originate from three-dimensional forms constructed from various materials such as paper and card or wire and wood. Vibrant shapes of light are then projected onto these forms creating unexpected spaces and colours, tones and shadows. Changed lighting transforms the object’s appearance allowing the creation of further paintings and drawings from a single form.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.rammuseum.org.uk/exhibitions/benedict-rubbra-eye-to-image

poster for commemorating the First World War exhibition, with pencil drawing of man wearing uniform

Commemorating the First World War

  • 20 October — 1 May 2015

Over the 2014 to 2018 commemoration period one of the cases in RAMM’s Courtyard gallery will show objects from the museum’s collections that reflect life in Exeter and Devon during the First World War. That time is often regarded as one of momentous change for individual people, families and society.

This display explores daily life and hobbies, how the museum responded to the war, and how people chose to remember the fallen.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.rammuseum.org.uk/whats-on/commemorating-the-first-world-war

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.
Musician in Eleanor Crook's installation, The Band Played On

Lunchtime lecture: Eleanor Crook - The Band

  • 28 January 2015 1-2pm *on now

Artist Eleanor Crook talks about the thinking behind and creation of And The Band Played On, a key work within the Faces of Conflict exhibition. She will also be available to talk with visitors in the exhibition between 2.30 and 3pm.
Linked to the exhibition Faces of Conflict: The impact of the First World War on art and facial reconstructive surgery, 17 January to 5 April 2015

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£8 (£6)

Website

http://www.rammuseum.org.uk/whats-on/lunchtime-lecture-eleanor-crook-the-band

Chinese trail around RAMM

Chinese trail around RAMM

  • 31 January — 1 March 2015

Find Chinese objects in RAMM. A trail for all ages. Pick up from Garden Reception or download. Part of RAMM’s activities celebrating the Chinese New Year: the year of the Goat.

Website

http://www.rammuseum.org.uk/whats-on/chinese-trail-around-ramm

Peter Randall-Page on his work and recent commissions

Peter Randall-Page on his work and recent commissions

  • 5 February 2015 6:30-8pm

Based on Dartmoor, Peter Randall-Page is one of Britain’s foremost artists. During the last 30 years his sculpture, drawings and prints inspired by natural forms have been exhibited widely both in the UK and abroad, including a solo show at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in 2010.

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.

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

Admission

£7.50 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

http://www.rammuseum.org.uk/whats-on/peter-randall-page-on-his-work-and-recent-commissions

The Art of Chocolate

The Art of Chocolate: Chocolatier delights with Hotel Chocolat

  • 6 February 2015 7:30-10:30pm

If you’re a chocoholic then you simply can’t miss this event. Join artisan chocolatier Adam Geileskey for a talk on the history of chocolate with a demonstration of how chocolate is tempered for your delight today. Stay a while and enjoy chocolate inspired drinks from the bar and jazz music from The Charlie Henshaw Trio. With exclusive evening access to the exhibition Art & Soul the evening promises to delight all your senses.

Admission

£10 (£8) 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

http://www.rammuseum.org.uk/whats-on/the-art-of-chocolate-chocolatier-delights-with-hotel-chocolat

Gothic Films at Exeter Picture House

Celluloid Gothic: La Belle et la Bete

  • 9 February 2015

Directed by Jean Cocteau La Belle et la Bete is the second of three famous Gothic films accompanied by introductory talks to answer those questions you always wanted to know about the Gothic but never dared ask...

Tickets from Exeter Picture House: http://www.picturehouses.co.uk/cinema/Exeter_Picturehouse.

Organised by the University of Exeter and Exeter Picture House as part of the busy programme of events linked to RAMM’s major exhibition Art & Soul: Victorians and the Gothic.

Website

http://www.rammuseum.org.uk/whats-on/celluloid-gothic-la-belle-et-la-bete

Art & Soul gallery conversation

Art & Soul gallery conversation

  • 11 February 2015 1-2pm

A tour of the exhibition Art & Soul: Victorians and the Gothic with RAMM curators John Madin (Art) and Tom Cadbury (Antiquities).

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

http://www.rammuseum.org.uk/whats-on/art-soul-gallery-conversation-11-february-2015

Paper collage artwork, Gueule Cassée No 138 by René Apellec showing First World War French general

Debate: Rethinking the Face

  • 12 February 2015 1-2:30pm

World-leading facial surgeons, artists and campaigners discuss how they collaborate towards new understandings of the face and of disfigurement. Questions from the audience are welcomed. Bernard Devauchelle, President of the Institut Faire Faces and leader of the team which carried out the first partial face transplant, is a key speaker. The panel includes Paddy Hartley (Artist in Residence, University of Exeter) and James Partridge (President, Changing Faces). The discussion will be chaired by Professor David Houston Jones, University of Exeter.
Linked to the exhibition Faces of Conflict: The impact of the First World War on art and facial reconstructive surgery, 17 January to 5 April 2015.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

£5

Website

http://www.rammuseum.org.uk/whats-on/debate-rethinking-the-face

Portrait of Simon Weston

Evening talk by Simon Weston OBE

  • 3 March 2015 5:30-9pm

In 1982 the Sir Galahad was destroyed in Bluff Cove on the Falkland Islands. On board was Simon Weston, Welsh Guardsman, a name and face that was going to become well known for his struggle to overcome his injuries (46% burns) and redefine his role in life. Simon’s message is one of achievement, of triumph over adversity, of seizing the moment and succeeding. This event has been organised to accompany the Faces of Conflict exhibition which will be at RAMM from 17 January to 5 April 2015.
The exhibition will be open to view between 5.30 and 7.15pm on this evening.

Where

Thistle Hotel
Queen Street
Exeter
Devon
EX4 3SP
England

Getting there

City Centre near RAMM and opposite Central Station.

Admission

£25 (£20)

Website

http://www.rammuseum.org.uk/whats-on/evening-talk-by-simon-weston-obe

Artists at easles learning to draw

Faces of Conflict Art School

  • 21 March 2015 10:30am-4pm

A practical and art historical painting day for young people aged 15 to 18 focusing on portraiture and the expressive power of depictions of the face in different circumstances. Leader artist/teacher Sara Dudman has worked for a variety of galleries, museums, arts organisations and the National Trust.
Advance booking essential.
Linked to the exhibition Faces of Conflict: The impact of the First World War on art and facial reconstructive surgery, 17 January to 5 April 2015.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17

Admission

£15 for each place (pupils and teachers)

Website

http://www.rammuseum.org.uk/whats-on/faces-of-conflict-art-school

Stornoway band members

Stornoway

  • 16 May 2015 From 7pm

Across the country museums open their doors for curious night time events. Enjoy the beauty of the Victorian museum in twilight.

This promises to be a special one: Indie folk band Stornoway will play. It's part a nationwide tour to celebrate the release of their eagerly anticipated third album. The band rose to national prominence in 2009 following a haunting performance on 'Later with Jools Holland'. Following this, Stornoway became the first ever unsigned band to play Glastonbury's Pyramid Stage. The success continued with two top 40 albums and globe-trotting sell out shows.

The rest of the museum will open to enjoy.

Support act to be announced

Doors 7 // No age restriction // All standing // Bar

Presented by Cabaret Voltaire

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£13 + booking fee

Website

http://www.undergroundtickets.net/event/694/stornoway-%7C-museums-at-night-at-royal-albert-memorial-museum

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