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.
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 *on now

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

Man holding up stone fragment

Sean Lynch: The Weight of the World

  • 14 May — 2 July 2016 *on now

Video artworks commissioned by Spacex and inspired by RAMM’s collections.
A stone fragment from a Dominican Friary choir screen is removed from its case in RAMM and carried to the original priory site, now part of the Princesshay Shopping Centre. This simple and playful gesture is a reminder that our present lives are built upon the culture and value systems of the past.
The contribution that metal detectorists make to RAMM’s collections is used to advocate for a change in the law in Sean Lynch’s native Ireland where the use of metal detectors is illegal. Akin to a promotional video, the work explores ideas of nationhood, individual freedom, and community-led heritage.
One of Ireland’s leading contemporary artists, Sean Lynch represented Ireland at The Venice Biennale in 2015. Throughout his work, he investigates anecdotes and half-truths, unearthing stories or issues that have been previously overlooked or fallen by the wayside.
The Weight of the World is presented by Spacex in partnership with RAMM and Exeter Phoenix. Supported by Arts Council England, Exeter City Council, The Henry Moore Foundation, The Elephant Trust and The Foyle Foundation.
Part of Art Week Exeter (AWE), 9 to 15 May.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=eventtimes&ev=24136

Young man stood with cello

Cellist Michael Petrov with Erdem Misirlioglu, Piano

  • 25 May 2016 From 6:30pm

Rathbones Spring Concert Series 2016: during 2014/15, Michael gave recitals in concert halls throughout Europe and also appeared at Wigmore Hall and the Bath International Festival. This season he made his concerto debut with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and appeared as soloist with the Philharmonia and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Erdem Misirlioglu was a Concerto Finalist in the 2008 BBC Young Musicians Competition and has won numerous awards. He was a prize winner in the 2006 International Rachmaninov Competition and in 2011 was awarded 1st prize in the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe’s intercollegiate piano competition.
Programme
Bach – Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 3 in G minor, BWV 1029
Beethoven – Cello Sonata No.3 in A, Op.69
Rachmaninov – Cello Sonata in G minor, Op.19
Organised by RAMM Development Trust, registered charity no 1038570. The trust raises money through its patron scheme, sponsorship, events and grant applications. The Rathbones Spring Concert Series 2016 also includes Martin Roscoe, Piano on Wed 27 Apr and the Eeden Quartet on Wed 29 Jun.
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

Drinks £2 donation.
Tickets £20 (£18)
Series ticket £55 £50
Patrons 2 for the price of 1

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.
Landscape drawing of battlefield

Commemorating the First World War: Museum Activity 1914 to 1918

  • 23 May — 1 November 2016 *on now

This small display recalls the activities at the museum during the First World War. New acquisitions, public talks and field trips, requisition of a museum building for a military hospital and the opening of St Nicholas Priory as an historic attraction are revealed using RAMM’s collections.
During the 2014 to 2018 commemoration period, the theme of the First World War display will change regularly to show objects from the museum’s collections that reflect life in Exeter and Devon during the First World War.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Two men dressed up

The Wonder of all Wonders: Peepshow Performances

  • 2 June 2016 From 11:30am

Come and see the wonder of all wonders that ever the world has wondered at! Your chance to be amongst the first to experience the new, all singing, all dancing, magical world of the Georgian Peepshow featuring some of RAMM’s amazing magic lantern slides. Peep into another world and pop out with a smile on your face!
Devised and performed by Promenade Promotions. Supported by the University of Exeter and the Exeter Community Fund.

11.30am, 12.30pm, 2 and 3pm drop-in

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

suggested donation £2

Website

http://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=eventtimes&ev=24164

Up close image of pink flowers

The Veitch Lecture: The Bowden Lily and its Devon Connection

  • 10 June 2016 1-2pm

The Bowden lily (Nerine bowdenii) is widely grown across the UK and much valued for its late autumn flowering. Dr John David, Head of Horticultural Taxonomy at the Royal Horticultural Society, covers the story of its discovery and introduction into cultivation. He also explains its status today, based on his recent trip to South Africa. Followed by a guided tour of the Veitch Trail. Limited places.
With Plant Heritage Devon Group and the Exeter Veitch Trail.
Part of Naturally Inspired: RAMM’s season of botanicals, gardens and landscapes.
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://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=tickets&perfCode=933&ev=24155

Group of men stood around boat

In the Footsteps of Shackleton

  • 14 June 2016 1-2:15pm

With photographs from 1914 and 2004, professional photographer Lucilla Phelps will describe a journey to the places visited by Shackleton’s Endurance expedition: the Antarctic Peninsula, Elephant Island, South Georgia and more. Her photographs, taken 90 years after the expedition, are in some cases identical to those images taken by Frank Hurley, the photographer on this failed expedition.
Organised by Friends of Exeter Museums & Art Gallery, registered charity no. 306649: www.exeter.gov.uk/friends, friends@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

  • Any age

Admission

£6

Website

http://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=tickets&perfCode=975&ev=24152

Two people observing painting

Dementia-friendly exhibition tour

  • 22 June 2016 10:30am-12:30pm

The International Garden Photographer of the Year exhibition captures amazing moments in nature, from close up and far away.
Suitable for people with mild to moderate memory problems, who must be accompanied by a friend, relative or carer. Each visit begins with refreshments and ends with an illustrated information sheet to take home and carry on the conversation. The Norman Family Charitable Trust has provided limited funds to allow a free first session and local transport. Call 01392 265305 for details.
Part of Naturally Inspired: RAMM’s season of botanicals, gardens and landscapes.
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

£15 (including companion)

Website

http://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/

Four men sat down with instruments

Eeden Quartet

  • 29 June 2016 From 6:30pm

Rathbones Spring Concert Series 2016: the Eeden Quartet performs regularly across Europe.
Programme
Haydn – Quartet Op.74 No.3 “Rider”
Mendelssohn – Quartet Op.13 in A minor
Brahms – Quartet No.2 in A minor
Organised by RAMM Development Trust, registered charity no 1038570. The trust raises money through its patron scheme, sponsorship, events and grant applications. The Rathbones Spring Concert Series 2016 also includes Martin Roscoe, Piano on Wed 27 Apr and Cellist Michael Petrov with Erdem Misirlioglu, Piano on Wed 25 May.
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

Drinks £2 donation.
Tickets £20 (£18)
Series ticket £55 £50
Patrons 2 for the price of 1

Website

http://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=tickets&perfCode=555&ev=22997

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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