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.
Home Front Fashions

The First World War: From RAMM's Collection - Home Front Fashions

  • 20 October 2015 — 8 May 2016 *on now

The First World War was a time of momentous change for individual people, families and society, when thrift and economy in dress became increasingly important on the home front. Woollen serge and silk taffeta in dark or neutral colours were frequently worn as the availability of fabrics and dyestuffs was restricted. Practical, hard-wearing suits or ‘costumes’, and washable shirt-waister blouses became a kind of everyday uniform for women in Britain during the war.
This courtyard display is part of RAMM’s four-year programme of exhibitions, displays, events and activities that focuses on the First World War’s impact on the people and landscape of the Southwest. Developed with regional and national partners, it examines the wider social and cultural changes that have had a lasting effect on our everyday lives.
Part of First World War Centenary, the national partnership of commemorative events: www.1914.org.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.rammuseum.org.uk/exhibitions/the-first-world-war-from-ramms-collection-home-front-fashions

RAMM's Fine Art Collection

RAMM's Fine Art Collection

  • 24 October 2015 — 8 May 2016 *on now

The RAMM collection of topographical prints, drawings and watercolours is a rich source of information about Exeter and its inhabitants. Featured in the display are some distinctive city landmarks, such as Mol’s Coffee House and the Higher Market. The fine art collection also includes outstanding British landscapes. Some of the finest will be displayed this autumn providing dramatic views of Wales, the Lake District and Yorkshire.
The spotlight is also on the artist Cecil Collins (1908–89): an English visionary who drew inspiration from the prophecies of William Blake and Far Eastern philosophy. Collins was born in Plymouth and studied at the Royal College of Art. Between 1939 and 1943 he taught at Dartington Hall. The group of works on display were acquired by RAMM in 2001 through the National Art Collections Fund.
From time to time the galleries will be closed for special events; please check before travelling.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

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

Landscape with lupins in the foreground and mountains behind

International Garden Photographer of the Year

  • 23 April — 28 August 2016 *on now

This exhibition showcases the top entries from the International Garden Photographer of the Year 2016. Now in its ninth year, this premier competition for garden and plant photography attracts over 16,000 entries from all around the world. It is open to all ages, amateurs and professionals alike, with a Young Garden Photographer of the Year award for under 16s.
These stunning images were captured as far afield as New Zealand and China, and as close to home as Dorset.
Concessionary price applies for X-card holders, supporter groups and students. Under-19s free.
Part of Naturally Inspired: RAMM’s season of botanicals, gardens and landscapes.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£4 (£2) Concessionary price applies for X-card holders, supporter groups and students. Under-19s free.

Website

http://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=eventtimes&ev=24038

Painting of arum lillies

Express & Echo Local Art Show 2016

  • 30 April — 29 May 2016

The annual Express & Echo Local Art Show gives art groups and societies from Exeter and the surrounding area the chance to display their members’ work at RAMM. Readers have voted Teignmouth-based art group Flying Colours winner of the 2016 Local Art Show.

Part of Naturally Inspired: RAMM’s season of botanicals, gardens and landscapes. The competition helps broaden appreciation of the wealth of local talent and gives one group the opportunity to display their best work.

Previous winners are Topsham Art Group (2015), Sense (2014), Hive Art Group (2013) and Fairstream Arts (2012).

Part of Art Week Exeter (AWE), 9 to 15 May

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=eventtimes&ev=24137

Image of jungle ginger

Flower Power: Botanical illustrations from India

  • 11 July — 11 September 2016

An exhibition of beautiful early 19th-century illustrations of Indian flora exploring the plants’ usage in traditional Ayurvedic and modern medicine. In the late 18th and early 19th centuries the East India Company controlled much of the Indian subcontinent. Keen to exploit and export valuable natural commodities, the Company set out to record the flora of India and commissioned Indian artists to create detailed botanical illustrations.

Many of the plants were known through their use in Ayurvedic medicine. One of the world’s oldest medicinal systems, it has been practiced in India for 3,000 years with plants being used to treat ailments from skin complaints, wounds and stomach ache to internal bleeding, malaria and epilepsy.

These rare and scientifically valuable works are a testament to the Company’s contribution to the advancement of botanical science. Surviving records of wages and the pigments and papers used help tell the story of the artists and their specialist techniques.

Part of Naturally Inspired: RAMM’s season of botanicals, gardens and landscapes.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=eventtimes&ev=24139

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.
Two Deaf Academy students filming at RAMM

My Favourite Things

  • 7 — 8 May 2016 10am-5pm

This film about students’ favourite museum objects made by Exeter Royal Academy for Deaf Education in partnership with RAMM will be shown as part of Deaf Awareness Week.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=eventtimes&ev=24166

Kevin Crossley-Holland and Lawrence Sail

Kevin Crossley-Holland in conversation with Lawrence Sail

  • 11 May 2016 6-8:30pm

Internationally acclaimed and prize-winning children’s author and poet Kevin Crossley-Holland will be discussing his writing life with Exeter-based poet Lawrence Sail. Kevin retells traditional stories such as The Norse Myths and British Folk Tales, and is the author of Storm, winner of the Carnegie Medal, and of an Arthurian trilogy which won the 2001 Guardian Children’s Fiction
Prize, and has been translated into 23 languages. Lawrence Sail has published twelve collections of poems, most recently, The Quick, which came out last year. Kevin and Lawrence are both Fellows of the Royal Society of Literature.
Sponsored by Savills, www.savills.co.uk.
Organised by RAMM Development Trust, registered charity no 1038570. The trust raises money through its patron scheme, sponsorship, events and grant applications.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+
  • Any age

Admission

£12, concessions £10, Children £5. Patrons 2 for £10

Website

http://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=tickets&perfCode=606&ev=23615

A canon on the Mary Rose

Who Sank the Mary Rose, 1545?

  • 12 May 2016 6:30-7:45pm

Dr Peter Marsden will discuss who was responsible for the sinking of Henry VIII’s great ship. He will refer both to historic documents and to material remains like the skeletons of the crew and aspects of the ship’s structure. Dr Marsden was formerly an archaeologist with the Museum of London.
Organised by Friends of Exeter Museums & Art Gallery, registered charity no. 306649: www.exeter.gov.uk/friends, friends@exeter.gov.uk.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£8.50

Website

http://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=tickets&perfCode=585&ev=23369

Soldiers in the Somme trenches

Battle of the Somme 1916 Film

  • 1 — 3 July 2016
  • 6 — 15 July 2016

This original film was commissioned by the War Office to record the first major offensive in which the British army took the major part on the Western Front during the First World War. Assuming the offensive was going to be a great success it became the first ever feature length visual glossary of war. Unique for its time it’s been described as candid and realistic yet also propaganda and documentary - an actual account of the meaning and difficulty of fighting in war.

Available to view in its entirety, with the contemporary orchestral soundtrack composed by Laura Rossi, the film is recognised by UNESCO as a significant film which reverberates across a 100 years.

This event is part of the city wide programme of events to compliment 19240 Shrouds of the Somme Project. To find out more about the project and associated events please visit The Somme19240 website

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 16-17

Website

http://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=eventtimes&ev=23821

Soldiers in the Somme trenches

Battle of the Somme 1916 Film for Year 9+

  • 5 July 2016 10:30am-12pm, 12-1:30pm, 1:30-3pm, 3-4:30pm

This original film was commissioned by the War Office to record the first major offensive in which the British army took the major part on the Western Front during the First World War. Assuming the offensive was going to be a great success it became the first ever feature length visual glossary of war. Unique for its time it’s been described as candid and realistic yet also propaganda and documentary - an actual account of the meaning and difficulty of fighting in war.

Available to view in its entirety, with the contemporary orchestral soundtrack composed by Laura Rossi, the film is recognised by UNESCO as a significant film which reverberates across a 100 years.

This event is part of the city wide programme of events to compliment 19240 Shrouds of the Somme Project. To find out more about the project and associated events please visit The Somme19240 website

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17

Website

http://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=eventtimes&ev=23822

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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