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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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.
Art and Soul

Art & Soul: Victorians and the Gothic

  • 22 November 2014 — 12 April 2015 *on now

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

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

poster for faces of conflict exhibition showing painting of man after facial reconstructive surgery

Faces of Conflict: The impact of the First World War on art and facial reconstructive surgery

  • 17 January — 5 April 2015 *on now

This exhibition brings together collections of historic surgical instruments, the works of artists such as Otto Dix and Wyndham Lewis and contemporary artworks, some commissioned for this exhibition.

The unprecedented numbers of facial injuries in 1914-18 led to both innovations in surgical practice and to a permanently changed understanding of the face. Just as artistic practice fed into surgical practice (through sculptors working as mask-makers), so the radically new forms of surgery developed at this time changed the context in which artists represented the face.

The exhibition looks at the unique historical situation of the facially injured soldiers of the First World War, the complex question of their reintegration into society and the long-term cultural legacy of that situation.

The exhibition connects works created during and immediately after the First World War (items from the McAlister collection (Gillies Archives) and works by Henry Tonks and Eduardo Paolozzi) to contemporary work by René Apallec, Eleanor Crook and Paddy Hartley.

Website

http://www.rammuseum.org.uk/exhibitions/faces-of-conflict

The Other Wall - Amador Montes

The Other Wall: Amador Montes

  • 28 March — 22 April 2015 *on now

RAMM is celebrating the Year of Mexico in the United Kingdom 2015 with an exhibition by Mexican painter Amador Montes.

This exhibition aims to explore the concept of the wall:
related to contemplation and reflection in an aesthetic sense. The wall then
becomes a blank canvas, a public space to express a visual dialogue, not an
object that imposes boundaries. Amador Montes ‘intervened’ each piece using
different mixed media.

His artwork is a visual delight of textures achieved by juxtaposing layers of oil, sgraffito, enamel pats, volumes of paper and screen
printing on canvas.

At the end of each exhibition, the artist will donate to the host venue a digital intervened graphic of one the pieces exhibited on the artwork. By doing this, the artist pretends to leave symbolically a part of The Other Wall to unite cities and countries.

The Other Wall has been made possible by the Mexican Embassy in the UK.

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

Admission

Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm. Closed Mondays and bank holidays. Admission Free.

Website

http://www.rammuseum.org.uk/exhibitions/the-other-wall-amador-montes

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

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

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

poster for Local Art Show 2015 exhibition showing paintbrushes on a white background

Express & Echo Local Art Show 2015

  • 25 April — 10 May 2015

The annual Express & Echo 2015 Local Art Show gives art groups and societies from Exeter and the surrounding area the chance to display their members work in an exhibition at RAMM. Shortlisted entries are featured in the Express & Echo and readers invited to vote on their favourite.

Rosie Denham, Exeter’s Lead Councillor for Economy and Culture, explains: “This competition allows us to give recognition to the work of local art groups, help broaden appreciation of the wealth of local talent and give one group the opportunity to display their best work in perfect surroundings. Exeter City Council is delighted to be working with the Express & Echo to help recognise, reward and foster creativity in the city.”

The previous winners are Sense (2014), Hive Art Group (2013) and Fairstream Arts (2012).

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.rammuseum.org.uk/exhibitions/express-echo-local-art-show-2015

Express & Echo Local Art Show 2015

Express & Echo Local Art Show

  • 25 April — 10 May 2015

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 in an exhibition at RAMM. Shortlisted entries are featured in the Express & Echo and readers invited to vote for their favourite.
Rosie Denham, Exeter’s Lead Councillor for Economy and Culture, explains: “This competition allows us to give recognition to the work of local art groups, help broaden appreciation of the wealth of local talent and give one group the opportunity to display their best work in perfect surroundings. Exeter City Council is delighted to be working with the Express & Echo to help recognise, reward and foster creativity in the city.”
Seven local art groups are competing: Art Haven, Devon Art Society, Exeter Art Society, Farringdon Society of Arts, Green to Grey, Topsham Art Group and United Through Art. Their statements and a full gallery of pictures can be seen on the Express & Echo website.
The previous winners are Sense (2014), Hive Art Group (2013) and Fairstream Arts (2012).

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free.

Website

http://www.rammuseum.org.uk/exhibitions/express-echo-local-art-show-2015

abstract painting of landscape with opening seed pod

Benedict Rubbra: Eye to Image

  • 2 May — 2 August 2015

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

poster for commemorating the First World War exhibition, with pencil drawing of man wearing uniform

Commemorating the First World War

  • 20 October — 1 May 2015

Over the 2014 to 2018 commemoration period one of the cases in RAMM’s Courtyard gallery will show objects from the museum’s collections that reflect life in Exeter and Devon during the First World War. That time is often regarded as one of momentous change for individual people, families and society.

This display explores daily life and hobbies, how the museum responded to the war, and how people chose to remember the fallen.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.rammuseum.org.uk/whats-on/commemorating-the-first-world-war

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.
Local History RAMM Tour

Local History Tour

  • 21 April 2015 11am-12pm

Join a 40-minute tour of the Making History galleries: Exeter and Devon from prehistory to the present.

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-21-april

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

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

Stornoway band members

Stornoway

  • 16 May 2015 From 7pm

Across the country museums open their doors for curious night time events. Enjoy the beauty of the Victorian museum in twilight.

This promises to be a special one: Indie folk band Stornoway will play. It's part a nationwide tour to celebrate the release of their eagerly anticipated third album. The band rose to national prominence in 2009 following a haunting performance on 'Later with Jools Holland'. Following this, Stornoway became the first ever unsigned band to play Glastonbury's Pyramid Stage. The success continued with two top 40 albums and globe-trotting sell out shows.

The rest of the museum will open to enjoy.

Support act to be announced

Doors 7 // No age restriction // All standing // Bar

Presented by Cabaret Voltaire

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£13 + booking fee

Website

http://www.undergroundtickets.net/event/694/stornoway-%7C-museums-at-night-at-royal-albert-memorial-museum

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