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

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

Man standing in dark room

Outlier Detection by Rod Dickinson

  • 3 June 2016 — 1 January 2017 *on now

In Rod Dickinson’s Outlier Detection a 3D digital version of a decorative hand-painted 1830s police truncheon from RAMM's collection is animated by a stream of live data from www.legislation.co.uk. The artwork monitors and measures the frequency with which UK legislation is passed on an hour-by-hour basis, in real time. It looks for Government Bills that are called Statutory Instruments, a form of legislation which allows the provisions of an Act of Parliament to be enforced or altered without further Parliamentary scrutiny. When new laws are being passed at an increasing rate, the model truncheon starts to lose detail and break apart. If the rate of legislation continues to escalate, it finally loses all visual coherence before completely disintegrating.
Outlier Detection contains public sector information licensed under the Open Government Licence v3.0.
Rod Dickinson is a visual artist and Programme leader for BA (Hons) Creative Media Design, at the University of West England in Bristol. His performative and media-based artworks explore the way in which our behaviour interacts with media feedback systems and social contexts. Rod has created installations and live events independently and as part of a team, for a variety of organisations including the Hayward Gallery, the Institute of Contemporary Arts, Longside and the Victoria & Albert Museum. Rod’s work is held in public collections including the Arts Council Collection at Southbank Centre. He has exhibited widely, including Frankfurt, Ljubljana, Vancouver and Washington DC.
Artist Reflections: Rod Dickinson is the last of four artists who were invited to create a response to RAMM’s collections. The artists were chosen by RAMM’s Contemporary Arts Panel in consultation with Arts Council England and the Arts Council Collection at Southbank Centre. Artist Reflections was funded by Arts Council England’s Major Partner Museum programme.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=eventtimes&ev=23035

Flowers in vases on a table

Cafe Exhibition: Exeter Art Society

  • 3 June — 3 July 2016 *on now

A selling show of local artworks inspired by the city’s beauty and the spectacular surrounding countryside from one of Exeter’s foremost art groups. Using watercolour, oil, acrylic, pastel, gouache and pencil the exhibition upon landscapes and work with botanical themes.
Exeter Art Society was founded in 1928 and is a local art society run by people living in Exeter and the surrounding areas. It is aimed to foster interest in and encourage the practice of fine art, and membership is open to anyone interested in them. The group meets regularly at the Whipton Community Centre, Pinhoe Road, Exeter. There are a variety of talks, workshops, sketching days out and demonstrations given by visiting artists and members throughout the year.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=eventtimes&ev=24719

Sunny beach scene

Exeter’s Fine Art Collection: Summer and Autumn

  • 21 June — 20 October 2016 *on now

This exhibition features a selection of drawings, watercolours and oil paintings from RAMM’s collection on the themes of summer and autumn, as well as Devon Landscapes, Exeter and People. Devon Landscapes will include 18th-century watercolours by John White Abbott and more recent works by Robert Organ and Alan Richards. There will also be topographical drawings and watercolours of Exeter by Sidney Endacott Buy fine art prints: and Francis Towne.
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. This display changes regularly to show a range of RAMM’s artworks.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

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

Two pairs of hands holidng flowers

Virtuous Herbes at RAMM

  • 30 June 2016 11-11:45am, 1-1:45pm

Plants have been used for healing in many cultures throughout history. Step back to Tudor England... The year is 1602 and Tudor wives Mistress Elinor and Mistress Christina demonstrate the preparation of infusions, tisanes, poultices and healing salves using a variety of plants of the former Polsloe Priory and the hedge banks and verges of country lanes.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Drop in

Website

http://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=eventtimes&ev=24138

Simon posed with plastic wild animals

What do you Collect? Miniature Menagerie

  • 5 July — 25 September 2016

A passion that started 50 years ago in Lusaka, Zambia, zoologist and zoo director Simon Tonge’s love of animals and biodiversity developed in tandem with his collection of plastic wild animals.
If you have a collection that you would like to display, email ramm@exeter.gov.uk.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=eventtimes&ev=25546

Drawing of flowers in vase

Cafe exhibition: Efflorescence by Jude Freeman

  • 5 July — 2 October 2016

Local artist Jude Freeman explores her response to a garden through the seasons. This exhibition of etchings and drawings celebrates the constantly shifting cycles of growth and decay, focussing on wild and cultivated flowers. Jude Freeman studied History of Art at Sussex and the Ecole du Louvre and following a career in art schools (Brighton, Hereford and Camberwell) she began etching in 2011 after moving to Dartmoor. The artist printmaker has been inspired by RAMM’s Botany collection for this show.
The work in this show exhibition is for sale.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=eventtimes&ev=25524

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

Conservationist examining coins

Seaton Down Hoard: A first Glimpse

  • 26 July 2016 — 18 June 2017

Thanks to a number of donations and grants, the Seaton Down Hoard has been purchased for the benefit of the people of Devon and Exeter and for future generations.
The purchase and conservation of the hoard of coins has been made possible by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Clinton Estates, a private donation by Patrick Long, and many contributions by members of the public.
The Seaton Down Hoard is the largest Roman coin hoard ever found in Devon. The coins were discovered in November 2013, and have recently been purchased by RAMM. Around AD348, the coins were buried, probably by a private individual or soldier for safe-keeping. They provide a fascinating glimpse into the world of 4th-century Roman Britain.
Work has begun to stabilise the collection of almost 23,000 coins, which will help us unveil the rich story of Roman East Devon and its place in the Economic history of late Roman Britain.
Each coin will need to be checked and a selection of coins conserved to reveal precise details of their date, type and place of mint.
See a display of the coins
A few of the coins will be on display for visitors to enjoy while conservation work continues on the main collection. You can catch an early glimpse of a small part of the hoard from Tuesday 26 July. A new display will be created for the entire hoard in 2017.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

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

Painted sculpture of a rhino

The Great Big Rhino Trail

  • 30 July — 9 October 2016

A life-sized painted rhino sculpture is visiting RAMM along with another, smaller rhino. Part of Paignton Zoo’s Great Big Rhino Trail of sculptures painted by local artists to inhabit the English Riviera and Exeter, the rhinos will be auctioned for charity in October and the funds raised will be used by Paignton Zoo to support rhino conservation. The project showcases local artistic talent, while highlighting the significant threats facing wild rhinos.
Accompanying event
Wednesday 24 August, 2 to 3pm, (£6) - Talk: Will the Rhino survive the 21st Century?

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=eventtimes&ev=24170

Natural landscape sketch and painting

Kurt Jackson: Revisiting Turner’s Tourism

  • 10 September — 4 December 2016

Contemporary British artist Kurt Jackson visited 12 locations in Devon and Cornwall depicted in the work of J.M.W. Turner – one of Britain’s greatest landscape painters.
Kurt Jackson has worked within the landscape for over 30 years. Largely influenced by current concerns and seen with an environmental slant, he has become fascinated by the dynamic element of change through both our own pressure and the Earth’s natural processes. From Land’s End to Exeter he investigated and recorded the profound changes that have occurred between the 19th century and the present.
The exhibition showcases a diverse body of work in a variety of media with accompanying film, sketchbooks and other relevant material. Jackson’s new works will be shown together with the Turner engravings that inspired them.
Kurt Jackson is based in Cornwall and his practice has taken him throughout the country and Europe. He was given access to the University of Exeter’s collection of Turner engravings, produced to promote tourism through ‘the picturesque’.
Organised in collaboration with the University of Exeter.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=eventtimes&ev=25536

Yellow and orange striped inflatable sculpture

Michael Shaw: Sculpting the Museum

  • 17 September — 13 November 2016

Artist Michael Shaw’s sculpture is original, dynamic and fun. He has created a massive, inflatable sculpture to inhabit RAMM’s gallery. Shaped by the gallery walls, high ceiling and annexe, and animated by cyclical inflation and deflation, it becomes a living, breathing object. Michael Shaw’s responses to artefacts from the museum collections are made in metals, plastics and natural materials, using laser cutting and rapid prototyping. They sit alongside the originals which are displayed as a 21st-century Cabinet of Curiosities.
Michael Shaw is best known as a sculptor who works with inflatable structures to express his interest in space, light, translucency and transparency. He has responded to other historic buildings including Burghley House in Lincolnshire; Bethesda Chapel in Stoke-on-Trent; the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; and the Varna Palace in Aarhus, Denmark.
He has also exhibited in Berlin, Florence, Hamburg, Paris, Rome and Tokyo and was shortlisted for the Jerwood Sculpture Prize and the Lynn Chadwick award at the Royal West of England Academy.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=eventtimes&ev=25541

French welcome party for Queen Victoria

Queen Victoria in Paris: Watercolours from the Royal Collection

  • 20 December 2016 — 23 April 2017

An exhibition showcasing forty-four watercolours of Queen Victoria’s remarkable visit to Paris in 1855, all commissioned by or for Queen Victoria.
The historic ten day visit was on the invitation of the Emperor Napoleon III and his wife Eugénie. The first time a reigning British monarch had visited the French capital in over 400 years, the visit ostensibly celebrated the military alliance between France and Britain against Russia in the Crimean War. It also cemented a great personal friendship that had developed between the two rulers, just forty years after the Battle of Waterloo.
Never before displayed in their entirety, the watercolours capture the magnificence of the occasion, showing dramatic illuminations, spectacular balls and exquisite Second Empire interiors.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£4 (£2)

Website

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

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
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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