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.

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

Image of young Fijian warriors

World Cultures Display: Fijian Art

  • 17 June — 1 December 2014 *on now

A display of RAMM's Fijian objects with new interpretation by the Fijian Art Research Project.

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

Detached and Timeless Image

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

  • 12 July — 2 November 2014 *on now

This exhibition looks at the way modern artists have been inspired by landscapes, nature and the seasons.

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

Painting - Ruins of Ypres

Exeter's Fine Art Autumn 2014

  • 29 August 2014 — 4 January 2015 *on now

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 Bombardment of Algiers whilst Proby also gave outstanding service in the Seven Years War and the War of American Independence.,

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

Exeter’s Fine Art

  • 29 August 2014 — 4 January 2015 *on now

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

Paper Persuaders

Paper Persuaders

  • 27 September 2014 — 1 January 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 collection of them.

What Do You Collect - War Cabinet

What Do You Collect? - War Cabinet

  • 14 October — 31 December 2014 *on now

A fascination for military history in the 20th century and the tales of ordinary people faced with extraordinary circumstances, has led this local collector to focus on artefacts from the Great War. The display case includes weapons, trench maps, nursing kits and diaries.

Art and Soul

Art & Soul: Victorians and the Gothic

  • 22 November 2014 — 12 April 2015

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

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.
Doctor Faustus by Four of Swords - image Matt Austin

Promenade performance: Doctor Faustus

  • 21 October — 1 November 2014 *on now

Would you sell your immortal soul to the Devil in exchange for twenty-four earthly years of limitless power?

Four of Swords continues its experiments in dramatic alchemy, blending theatre with live music and film projection in a dazzling new interpretation of Marlowe's masterpiece Doctor Faustus. Now presented as a richly furnished Elizabethan merchant's town house, the priory is the ideal period backdrop and intimate setting for this scary and perfect-for-Halloween retelling of this story.

Because of the promenade nature of the show throughout the historic building, we regret that the performance is not suitable for wheelchair users. It is likely to be too scary for those under 11.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£12 (£10)

Annual Drecki lecture

Annual Drecki Lecture presented in conjunction with the South West Academy of Fine and Applied Arts: An Artist’s View

  • 26 November 2014 6:30-8pm

Devon author and painter Ray Balkwill describes his passion for his native county as ‘running as deep as the red earth itself’. This illustrated talk provides a fascinating glimpse into the artist’s personal and physical relationship with the landscape, and in particular his ‘love affair’ with the Exe Estuary. As an Academician of the South West Academy and member of the St Ives Society of Artists, his words and paintings have carried the grandeur of our region far and wide. The evening will appeal to all those who are equally passionate about art and the landscape. Drinks will be available from 6pm.
The Friends support the museum with financial help towards acquisitions and conservation. Charity no 306649. W www.exeter.gov.uk/friends. E friends@exeter.gov.uk.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£7.50 from 14 October. Tickets will be 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/annual-drecki-lecture-an-artists-view

Nosferatu

Nosferatu – with live harp accompaniment

  • 27 November 2014 From 6pm

Internationally acclaimed harpist, Elizabeth Jane Baldry, performs her own haunting score live to a screening of the 1922 horror film, Nosferatu.
This iconic film of German expressionist cinema was the first ever screen adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula – the original and landmark entry into the entire global genre of the horror film. More than eighty years since its release, it remains one of the most potent and disturbing horror films ever made. The sight of the hollow-eyed, cadaverous vampire rising creakily from his coffin still retains the ability to chill the blood.
"I have seen ‘Nosferatu’ many times; I've even lectured on it. But this is the finest accompaniment I've ever heard…absolutely extraordinary.” - Professor Emeritus Christopher McCullough, University of Exeter .
Organised by the RAMM Development Trust. Patrons two tickets for the price of one. Part of the busy programme of events linked to RAMM’s major exhibition Art & Soul: Victorians and the Gothic.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£14 (£12). 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/nosferatu-with-live-harp-accompaniment

Development Trust pre-Raphaelite

Development Trust lecture: The pre-Raphaelite Movement

  • 2 December 2014 From 6pm

NADFAS lecturer Julian Halsby will be talking about the Pre-Raphaelite Movement, how they discovered true colour from direct observation of nature and how they were the first artists to paint in the open air. In addition to discussing the main artists, the role of John Ruskin as art critic, he will be talking specifically about paintings from the exhibition.
Organised by the RAMM Development Trust. Patrons two tickets for the price of one. Drinks available from 6 to 7pm for a £2 donation
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

https://www.rammuseum.org.uk/whats-on/development-trust-lecture-the-pre-raphaelite-movement

Victorian Gothic: An All Consuming Passion?

Victorian Gothic: An All Consuming Passion?

  • 3 December 2014 7:30-9pm

For the Victorians, the middle ages were central to debates on art, literature, religion, morality and social reform. Victorian medievalists bitterly opposed the Greek and Roman classical revival – but how did this division between the Gothic world of the medieval and classical ‘antiquity’ shape Victorian Britain? Which culture – the Gothic or the classical – has most shaped British society today? To what extent were the middle ages that the Victorians looked back to an invented fantasy? These and other issues that arise from the exhibition Art & Soul: Victorians and the Gothic will be debated by our panel, and audience participation is welcomed. Part of the busy programme of events linked to RAMM’s major exhibition Art & Soul: Victorians and the Gothic.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£10 (£7). 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/victorian-gothic-an-all-consuming-passion

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