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.
'Deniecourt Chateau, Estrees' Lithograph, 1917 by Sir David Muirhead Bone

First World War Scenes by Sir David Muirhead Bone

  • 8 May — 19 November 2017 *on now

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

No

'Deniecourt Chateau, Estrees' (1917) Sir David Muirhead Bone

First World War Scenes by Sir David Muirhead Bone

  • 9 May — 19 November 2017 *on now

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

Sea anemone

Sea Life: Glimpses of the Wonderful

  • 13 May — 17 September 2017 *on now

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

  • Any age

Admission

No

Nahem Shoa, The Wild Abyss 2017

Into the Wild Abyss

  • 9 June — 3 September 2017 *on now

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

  • Any age

Admission

No

'The Wild Abyss' by Nahem Shoa

Into the Wild Abyss

  • 9 June — 3 September 2017 *on now

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

Roman coins

The Seaton Down Hoard

  • 1 July — 1 October 2017 *on now

Making History gallery
The Seaton Down Hoard will be on display for the first time in over 1,700 years. The 22,888 Roman coins are one of the most important Roman finds in Britain.
Thanks to a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and generous donations from Pat and Sally Long, Clinton Devon Estates and many members of the public, the coins have been conserved and will be displayed alongside RAMM’s other Roman objects. The coin hoard is the third largest ever found in Britain. It tells a fascinating story about Devon towards the end of the Roman Empire.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/index.php?s=EXETER_RAMM&p=eventtimes&ev=32712

'Moderate Westerly to South Westerly Winds' 2016 Angie Seaway

Cafe display: Angie Seaway

  • 4 July — 1 October 2017 *on now

Local artist Angie Seaway responds to the Devon landscape and coastline. She applies paint by flicking, pouring, dripping and splashing. She builds up layers using her fingers, cloths and toothbrushes.
Artwork in this exhibition is for sale.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/index.php?s=EXETER_RAMM&p=eventtimes&ev=32713

Collector with her collection of art deco jewellery

What do you Collect? Art Deco Jewellery

  • 11 July — 1 October 2017 *on now

Finders Keepers? gallery
Inspired by a box of her great grandmother’s jewellery, this collector shows off a selection of 1920s necklaces, amassed over the past 40 years.
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=32710

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

Exeter’s Fine Art: Modern

  • 12 September 2017 — 29 April 2018

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

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.
sea anemone

Sea Life: Glimpses of the Wonderful

  • 13 May — 17 September 2017 *on now

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

Girl playing

Little Explorers

  • 29 August 2017 From 10:30am

Art and craft activities, inspired by RAMM’s Sea Life exhibition. Parents, grandparents and carers can enjoy quality time with their little ones in a friendly environment.
For under-fives and their families. One of a series of lively family activities linked to the RAMM’s summer exhibition, Sea Life: Glimpses of the Wonderful. Courtyard.
W https://bookwhen.com/thecreationstationexeter, T 0844 8244534, M 07925 653942

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

£6, siblings £4
Book in advance from https://bookwhen.com/thecreationstationexeter

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/index.php?s=EXETER_RAMM&p=eventtimes&ev=22331

Children playing

Sea and Do

  • 25 August 2017 10:30am-12:30pm, 1:30-3:30pm
  • 26 August 2017 10:30am-12:30pm, 1:30-3:30pm

Create a Lego™ sea creature, design a badge, make an underwater scene on a lightbox and a rockpool out of fuzz’n’felt. Then take a closer look at real sea creatures, shells and fossils through a digital microscope.
Suitable for 3yrs+. Courtyard.
One of a series of lively family activities linked to the RAMM’s summer exhibition, Sea Life: Glimpses of the Wonderful.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

drop-in, suggested donation £2

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/index.php?s=EXETER_RAMM&p=eventtimes&ev=30696

Ancient egyptian tours

Ancient Egyptian Tours

  • 30 September 2017 12-2pm, 2-2:30pm

Saturday 12 August, 12noon and 2pm, ticketed but free.
Join a 30-minute tour of the Ancient Egyptian Collection. Visit the tomb of Shep en-Mut. Tours are limited to 8 people on a first-come-first-served basis. Egyptian Tomb

Admission

ticketed but free

Website

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

Mummy

Ancient Egyptian Activities

  • 30 September 2017 From 11am

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 hieroglyphs. Under 5s free. Courtyard

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

£3, drop in

Jellyfish

Life on the Ocean Floor

  • 9 September 2017 10:30am-12pm

Set forth on an underwater voyage of discovery with the Carousel Project. Explore a world of colour, pattern, movement, texture and sound. Take off your shoes and socks and paddle with naturalist and artist Philip Henry Gosse to glimpse life on the ocean floor. One of a series of lively family activities linked to the RAMM’s summer exhibition, Sea Life: Glimpses of the Wonderful. For under-fives and their families. Courtyard / Rear Patio.

Suitable for

  • 0-4

Admission

free, drop-in

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/index.php?s=EXETER_RAMM&p=eventtimes&ev=30707

mother and daughter getting creative

Marine Masks and High Tide Hats

  • 23 August 2017 10:30am-12:30pm, 1:30-3:30pm *on now
  • 24 August 2017 10:30am-12:30pm, 1:30-3:30pm

Make a hat and decorate it with seaweed and fish. Create a mask and turn yourself into a seahorse or an anemone. The world’s your oyster! One of a series of lively family activities linked to the RAMM’s summer exhibition, Sea Life: Glimpses of the Wonderful. Suitable for 3yrs+.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

drop-in, suggested donation £2

Website

http://drop-in, suggested donation £2

Child playing

Best Dressed Sea Chest

  • 30 August 2017 10:30am-12:30pm, 1:30-3:30pm
  • 31 August 2017 10:30am-12:30pm, 1:30-3:30pm

Create your own treasure box - do you have a treasured object which deserves a special box? Or do you need somewhere to put your shell collection? Come and decorate a treasure chest inspired by the sea. One of a series of lively family activities linked to the RAMM’s summer exhibition, Sea Life: Glimpses of the Wonderful. Suitable for 3yrs+. Courtyard.
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

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

drop-in, £2.50

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/index.php?s=EXETER_RAMM&p=eventtimes&ev=32224

Museum tour

Heritage Open Day: Museum Tours

  • 9 September 2017 11:30am-12:30pm, 2-3pm

Join a 60-minute tour of RAMM’s permanent collection.
Tickets are available online or from the Royal Albert Memorial Museum reception in person or by phone on 01392 265858 during opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

free but ticketed

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/index.php?s=EXETER_RAMM&p=eventtimes&ev=25534

dementia friendly art making

Dementia-friendly art-making

  • 14 September 2017 10:30am-12:30pm

A hands-on creative activity inspired by the art of the silversmith and RAMM’s important silver collection. All materials supplied.
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 E 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)

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/index.php?s=EXETER_RAMM&p=tickets&perfCode=1676&ev=32709

Printmaking tools

Linocut Print Workshop with Double Elephant

  • 16 September 2017 10am-4pm

Make your own linocut with Double Elephant artist and printmaker Jeremy Speck. Draw inspiration from the seashore and from artist Steffen Dam’s magical sea creatures in the exhibition Sea Life. Design an exciting and original work and print multiple copies.
No experience is necessary. All tools and materials will be provided but please bring an apron. Meeting Room A.
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

Admission

£45

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/index.php?s=EXETER_RAMM&p=tickets&perfCode=1677&ev=32706

Lating for beginners

Latin for beginners

  • 18 October 2017 10am-4pm

Meeting Room A
Discover the basics of Latin to decipher the text on the Roman coins found at Seaton Down, which are now on display at RAMM. Learn about great ancient and medieval writers and hear their work read by George Sharpley of the Latin Qvarter.
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

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£45

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/index.php?s=EXETER_RAMM&p=tickets&perfCode=1679&ev=32703

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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