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.
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

Ebb and Flow: Chris Watson

Ebb and Flow: Chris Watson

  • 28 March — 31 December 2015 *on now

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

Exeter's Fine Art Collection

  • 16 April — 11 October 2015 *on now

An exhibition of paintings by Francis Hayman, an important Devon born artist of the 18th century, alongside topographical prints and drawings of 18th- and 19th-century Exeter. RAMM's portrait of the artist Francis Hayman by Joshua Reynolds will be on public display for the first time. This important work was purchased after a fundraising auction organised by the Friends of the Museum and a successful application to the V&A Purchase Grant Fund. The display will also include self-portraits and portraits by Hayman himself. A Devon-born artist, Hayman was a founder of the Royal Academy and a friend to both Reynolds and William Hogarth. He also influenced the young Thomas Gainsborough. His portrait by Joshua Reynolds, the most influential Devon-born artist of all time, makes an ideal addition to the RAMM collection since the artist and sitter shared a common bond as fellow Devonians. At this point in time Hayman's career was in decline as his rococo style fell out of fashion. By contrast, Reynolds emerged as the predominant British portrait painter of the 18th century. The RAMM collection of topographical prints, drawings and watercolours is a rich source of information on the appearance of Exeter during the 18th and 19th centuries. However a group of watercolours in this display will also show the city as it was in the early 20th century, shortly before the devastation of the Second World War. From time to time the galleries will be closed for special events
please check before travelling. Visit website,

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free

Portrait of the ArtistFrancis Hayman by Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792),oil on canvas, about 1760-70

Exeter’s Fine Art Collection

  • 16 April — 11 October 2015 *on now

An exhibition of paintings by Francis Hayman, an important Devon born artist of the 18th century, alongside topographical prints and drawings of 18th- and 19th-century Exeter.

RAMM’s portrait of the artist Francis Hayman by Joshua Reynolds will be on public display for the first time. This important work was purchased after a fundraising auction organised by the Friends of the Museum and a successful application to the V&A Purchase Grant Fund. The display will also include self-portraits and portraits by Hayman himself.

A Devon-born artist, Hayman was a founder of the Royal Academy and a friend to both Reynolds and William Hogarth. He also influenced the young Thomas Gainsborough. His portrait by Joshua Reynolds, the most influential Devon-born artist of all time, makes an ideal addition to the RAMM collection since the artist and sitter shared a common bond as fellow Devonians. At this point in time Hayman’s career was in decline as his rococo style fell out of fashion. By contrast, Reynolds emerged as the predominant British portrait painter of the 18th century.

The RAMM collection of topographical prints, drawings and watercolours is a rich source of information on the appearance of Exeter during the 18th and 19th centuries. However a group of watercolours in this display will also show the city as it was in the early 20th century, shortly before the devastation of the Second World War.

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

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free

Website

http://www.rammuseum.org.uk/exhibitions/exeters-fine-art-collection-2015

abstract painting of landscape with opening seed pod

Benedict Rubbra: Eye to Image

  • 2 May — 2 August 2015 *on now

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

Quay Views: Exeter Canal and the Exe

  • 9 May — 2 August 2015 *on now

First constructed in the 1560s, Exeter's canal system has been extended and upgraded over the centuries. Now used primarily by leisure craft, the city waterways were once vital to the regional economy. The decline of the West Country wool trade and the arrival of the railways in the 19th century led to a reduction in use. However, sizeable cargoes were still brought up to the quayside even after the Second World War. For three centuries, visiting and local artists have been inspired by the combination of water and architecture in and around Exeter. RAMM's Fine Art Collection is now an invaluable visual record of the city before the major redevelopments of the late 20th century. From time to time the galleries will be closed for special events
please check before travelling. Visit website,

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free

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.

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 toseveral major British public institutions. What isn't common knowledge was that before this bequest wasmade, Henry Vaughan donated his father's small collection of ethnographicartefacts to the Albert Memorial Museum when it opened its doors to the publicin 1868. In the last four decades, this collection has received much academicattention because of its connection to the second and third voyages of CaptainCook. The display tells the story of Henry Vaughan and the journeyof those objects from the exotic South Sea Islands to Exeter. Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm. Closed Mondays and bank holidays. Visit website,

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free

Ebb and Flow: Seasonal sounds through the Devon Year

  • 28 March — 31 December 2015 *on now

Chris Watson, one of the world's leading wildlife recorders,is bringing sounds from rural Devon into the heart of RAMM. Four seasonalrecordings from a variety of locations will be used to create a changingsoundscape evocative of Devon's diverse ecosystems. Chris Watson is a BAFTA award-winning audio recordist whohas worked with the BBC on many of their best-known natural history productionsincluding Tweet of the Day, Frozen Planet and The Life of Birds. Ebb and Flow has been made possible through New Expressions3, a national programme fostering collaboration between contemporary artistsand museums and is supported by the National Lottery through Grants for theArts. Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm. Closed Mondays and bank holidays. Visit website,

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free

Website

http://www.rammuseum.org.uk/exhibitions/ebb-and-flow-seasonal-sounds-through-the-devon-year

Exeter Canal below Exeter Cathedral, Arthur Henry Enock 18289-1917 watercolour, about 1890

Quay Views: Exeter Canal and the Exe

  • 9 May — 2 August 2015 *on now

First constructed in the 1560s, Exeter’s canal system has been extended and upgraded over the centuries. Now used primarily by leisure craft, the city waterways were once vital to the regional economy. The decline of the West Country wool trade and the arrival of the railways in the 19th century led to a reduction in use. However, sizeable cargoes were still brought up to the quayside even after the Second World War.

For three centuries, visiting and local artists have been inspired by the combination of water and architecture in and around Exeter. RAMM’s Fine Art Collection is now an invaluable visual record of the city before the major redevelopments of the late 20th century.

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

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free

Website

http://www.rammuseum.org.uk/exhibitions/quay-views-exeter-canal-and-the-exe

Friendly Traders, Raiders or Settlers?

Friendly Traders, Raiders or Settlers? New Research on the Vikings in the West Country

  • 2 June 2015 6:30-7:45pm

Written sources originating in the European kingdoms between AD 800 and 1100 seem, on first reading, to describe a period of almost continuous raiding by war-bands from Scandinavia. But archaeologist Derek Gore argues that a careful analysis of the written record reveals not only the political aspirations of Viking leaders but also the desire of some warriors to settle and integrate into the population in the kingdoms while archaeological evidence suggests primarily commercial contacts between Scandinavia and Europe before this Viking Age. A study of other material such as stone sculptures, place names, personal names, hoards and single finds of metalwork from the West Country allows a more complicated picture to emerge from this difficult period.
Tickets are available from 14 April 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. W www.exeter.gov.uk/friends, E friends@exeter.gov.uk.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£7.50

Website

http://www.rammuseum.org.uk/whats-on/friendly-traders-raiders-or-settlers-new-research-on-the-vikings-in-the-west-country

Local History Tour

Local History Tour

  • 6 June 2015 11-11:45am

Join a 40-minute tour of the Making History galleries: Exeter and Devon from
prehistory to the present.
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.
All tours of RAMM’s galleries are available for private group bookings on mutually agreed dates. One-hour volunteer presentations are available for groups and society: RAMM or St Nicholas Priory (minimum donation of £40 to the RAMM Development Trust) or the 22,000-coin Seaton Down hoard and Roman Devon (Minimum donation £40 to the Seaton Down hoard fund). Contact ramm.extra@exeter.gov.uk or 01392 265984

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£5

Website

http://www.rammuseum.org.uk/whats-on/local-history-tour-6-june

Exeter Respect Festival

All Different, All Equal: Exeter Respect Festival

  • 6 — 7 June 2015 12-6pm

Visit RAMM’s stall at Exeter’s annual celebration of cultural diversity. Two days of free live music and performance in a friendly, invigorating, alcohol-free atmosphere. Stalls offer children’s activities, information about local groups and institutions, fair-trade and crafts, and food from around the world.
www.exeter-respect.org

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free, drop in

Website

http://www.rammuseum.org.uk/whats-on/all-different-all-equal-exeter-respect-festival

Have you good taste?

Evening lecture: Have you good taste?

  • 9 June 2015 7-8:30pm

By National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS) lecturer David Phillips. It’s hard enough telling whether your artwork is any good, but is it also socially acceptable? In an entertaining survey including artistic beauties as well as beasts, David Phillips will focus on what can make art socially questionable, concluding with a revealing explanation of Kitsch.
Sponsored by Stones
Organised by RAMM Development Trust, Registered charity no 1038570. The trust raises money through its patron scheme, sponsorship, events and grant applications. 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

£12 (£10), patrons 2 for the price of 1

Website

http://www.rammuseum.org.uk/whats-on/evening-lecture-have-you-good-taste

Meet the artist - Gallery conversation with Benedict Rubbra

Meet the Artist: Gallery Conversation

  • 10 June 2015 1-2pm

Benedict Rubbra leads a tour around the exhibition and provides a personal view of the works on show. Accompanying the exhibition Benedict Rubbra: Eye to Image, 2 May to 2 August at RAMM.
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

£8 (£6)

Website

http://www.rammuseum.org.uk/whats-on/meet-the-artist-gallery-conversation

Solem Quartet

Rathbones Spring Concert Series: Solem Quartet

  • 17 June 2015 From 7:30pm

• HAYDN: Quartet Op.20 No 6 "Sun"
• BEETHOVEN: Quartet in E Flat Op.74 “Harp”
• MENDELSSOHN: Quartet in F minor Op.80
Rathbones Spring Concert Series
• Wednesday 22 April, Melvyn Tan, Piano
• Wednesday 20 May, Soh-Yon Kim, Violin and Maksim Stsura, Piano
• Wednesday 17 June, Solem Quartet

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Drinks, £2 donation. 7.30pm start. £18 (£16). Three concert series £50 (£44). Patrons 2 for the price of 1.

Website

http://www.rammuseum.org.uk/whats-on/rathbones-spring-concert-series-solem-quartet

Full Site RAMM Tour

Museum Full Site Tour June 20 2015

  • 20 June 2015 11am-12pm

Join a 60-minute tour of RAMM’s galleries.
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

£5

Website

http://www.rammuseum.org.uk/whats-on/full-site-ramm-tour-20-june

St Mary Major Churrch, removed 1865

The Churches and Church Life of Medieval Exeter

  • 24 June 2015 1-2pm

Exeter and its surroundings were home to some sixty religious houses, parish churches and chapels in the Middle Ages. Professor Nicholas Orme explains how they came into being and what they tell us about religion and society in the city up to the Reformation.
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

£12 (£10)

Website

http://www.rammuseum.org.uk/whats-on/the-churches-and-church-life-of-medieval-exeter

Met Office Informatics Lab team in RAMM's Courtyard

June Forecast: Science at RAMM

  • 26 June 2015 10am-4pm

Experience the science and challenges behind weather prediction and help the Met Office test the latest version of an interactive weather forecast.
One of a series of events organised with the Met Office Informatics Lab as part of the Met Office’s 50th anniversary celebrations of televised weather forecasts.
A joint Met Office / RAMM exhibition, Whatever the Weather, is planned for November.
The Met Office Informatics Lab creates prototypes to make environmental data and science useful to human beings.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Met Office Informatics Lab team in RAMM's Courtyard

July Forecast: Science at RAMM

  • 24 July 2015 10am-4pm

Experience the science and challenges behind weather prediction and help the Met Office test the latest version of an interactive weather forecast.

These events are organised with the Met Office Informatics Lab as part of the Met Office’s 50th anniversary celebrations of televised weather forecasts.

A joint Met Office / RAMM exhibition, Whatever the Weather, is planned for November.

The Met Office Informatics Lab creates prototypes to make environmental data and science useful to human beings.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.rammuseum.org.uk/whats-on/july-forecast-science-at-ramm

Met Office Informatics Lab team in RAMM's Courtyard

August Forecast: Science at RAMM

  • 21 August 2015 10am-4pm

Experience the science and challenges behind weather prediction and help the Met Office test the latest version of an interactive weather forecast.
One of a series of events organised with the Met Office Informatics Lab as part of the their 50th anniversary celebrations of televised weather forecasts.
A joint Met Office / RAMM exhibition, Whatever the Weather, is planned for November.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.rammuseum.org.uk/whats-on/august-forecast-science-at-ramm

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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