Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery

Exeter's Royal Albert Memorial Museum
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Fully refurbished after a multi-million 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.
One of the paintings from the exhibition

Exeter's Fine Art Collection: Childhood

  • 8 May — 18 November 2018 *on now

Before the Enlightenment, children in art appeared as miniature adults. This is reflected in works such as James Gandy’s Matthew Pear, Sword Bearer of Exeter, and his Brother Philip Pear and Richard Cosway’s striking painting of Master Carew. Victorian works by Kate Greenaway such as The Stick Fire and The Garden Bench place emphasis upon childhood innocence and romanticism.
A key painting of this exhibition will be Age of Innocence by Joshua Reynolds, one of the most famous painters of the 18th century. This work is on loan from Plymouth City Museum as part of their ‘Art on Tour’ loan programme whilst the museum is closed for redevelopment.
Join the curator
Book your tickets for a curator-led tour of the exhibition on Thu 24 May, 1 to 2pm.

Suitable for

  • Any age
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Bedwyr Williams at RAMM

  • 21 July 2018 — 28 April 2019 *on now

To celebrate 150 years of opening to the public, RAMM commissioned a new work from one of Britain’s most talented contemporary artists.
Bedwyr Williams is an artist, sculptor, writer, film-maker and stand-up comic. He studied at London’s Central St Martin’s School of Art and since graduating his work has been exhibited widely across Britain and Europe. In 2013 he represented Wales at the 55th Venice Biennale and in 2016 he was shortlisted for the prestigious ‘Artes Mundi’ International Art Prize.
Bedwyr works in various media including performance, video, sculpture and text, frequently exploring the friction between the deadly serious and banal aspects of modern life. His practice often satirises the role of the artist and curator by placing them in absurd scenarios. Frequently drawing from his life experiences, Bedwyr’s work offers a critique of our everyday world, while celebrating the obscure.
Bringing his renowned surreal sense of humour to bear, Bedwyr will populate the Queen Street foyer with an array of human faces all found on artefacts in RAMM’s collections. After decades of being examined in glass showcases, the objects will have a chance to get their own back by studying the visitors. Bedwyr will also be creating a video of the faces set within the context of Exeter and the museum’s history.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=eventtimes&ev=4003

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Canadians in Devon 1914 – 1918: War Photographs

  • 15 September 2018 — 6 January 2019 *on now

Step back in time to RAMM in 1918, when the museum hosted this pioneering exhibition of Canadian war photography, now partially recreated a hundred years later.
As part of our First World War Armistice commemorations we explore why these powerful photographs came to Exeter, as well as Devon’s links with Canada and Canadian soldiers.
In 1914 Canada was not yet a sovereign nation, rather a dominion of the vast British Empire. Max Aitken (later Lord Beaverbrook), realised that publicising the bravery and skill of the troops would further Canada’s case for full nationhood, and embedded photographers and artists in the thick of the fighting in France. The resulting photographs, a mix of patriotic propaganda and shocking realism, were seen by thousands of Britons up and down the country, including in Exeter.
In October 1914, many of the Canadian troops disembarking at Plymouth, en route to fight for the ‘Mother Country’, were in fact British emigrants who had only recently left to build new lives in another corner of the Empire.
We are delighted to have worked with the National Gallery Canada, Libraries and Archives Canada and the Imperial War Museum to bring you this exhibition.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?search=canadian&s=EXETER_RAMM

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Devon Voices 1914-1918: Home Front Stories

  • 15 September 2018 — 6 January 2019 *on now

People in Devon experienced the First World War in many different ways. This exhibition uses first-hand accounts to explore Devon life during this extraordinary period. Through their own words meet men, women and children who lived and worked in the county, or found themselves here as a consequence of the war. The stories in this exhibition are those of real people. A farmer, a nurse, an entertainer, a young sailor and a policeman are just some of the people featured and their words tell of lives carried on through turbulent times.
These stories have been uncovered by modern-day Devon residents who explored local archives, museum collections and family records to bring these past voices to life. Explore how archives and objects tell these stories and discover how RAMM collected objects to record people’s experiences of the war years.
This exhibition marks the centenary of the First World War Armistice. A partnership project between RAMM and the Devon Remembers Heritage Project, it features archive material, images and objects from Devon Archives, the West Country Studies Library, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Imperial War Museum, local organisations and family collections.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Any age

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=eventtimes&ev=4017

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What do you collect? Skirt Lifters

  • 2 October 2018 — 6 January 2019 *on now

Selected from a personal collection of 160 skirt lifters spanning three centuries, these objects combine the decorative tastes of the day with a functional solution to the problems posed by voluminous skirts. See jewelled and art nouveau pieces as well as complicated patented metal lifters.
Finders Keepers? Gallery
Display your collection
Do you have a collection that you would like to exhibit? We would be love to hear from anyone who has a collection that could fill the case at RAMM, E ramm@exeter.gov.uk

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=eventtimes&ev=4042

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Curiosity Shop: looking with older eyes

  • 9 October — 9 December 2018 *on now

Cafe at RAMM - A celebration of art by older people in Exeter City Council housing around the city, inspired by close-up encounters with museum objects, from birds and fossils to African sculpture. Residents worked with a digital artist to create vibrant, sometimes playful artworks incorporating images of artefacts. The Curiosity Shop project is a collaboration between council services to bring isolated people together around new cultural experiences.
In partnership with Exeter City Council housing.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?filter%5B%5D=EXHIBITIONS

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.
photographs of men from WW1

Devon Voices 1914-1918 Home Front Stories: Meet the researchers walk and talk

  • 16 November 2018 12:30-2pm

Join the curators and researchers to explore our Devon Voices 1914-1918: Home Front Stories exhibition. Hear about people whose lives reveal Devon's social landscape 100 years ago. Our researchers share glimpses into the past through their discovery of first-hand accounts.
The first talk features a farmer, policeman, female driver and mechanic in the army service corps and a fisheries adviser.
The second talk focuses on a young sailor, an entertainer, an older man and a woman's work with refugees.
The ticket price includes tea, coffee and cake, followed by a unique opportunity to chat with the project researchers and curators.
Gallery 22. A partnership event with Devon Remembers Heritage Project.

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 (contact Reception for £15 double event discount)

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=eventtimes&ev=4014

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Museum Tours

  • 2 October — 20 December 2018 *on now

Local history 60-minute tour
Sat 13 Oct, 11am, £5
Explore the archaeology of Devon from Roman and medieval times through to Exeter during the Second World War. Meet in the Courtyard.

Behind-the-scenes tour: More in Store
Wed 24 Oct and Sat 17 Nov, 2 to 2.50pm, £5
Take a 50-minute behind the scenes tour. See some of the reserve collections and find out more about the conservation, display and storage of objects. If you are a wheelchair user, please call 01392 265858 before booking tickets. Meet in the Courtyard.

Ancient Egyptian Tour
Sat 27 Oct, 12noon and 2pm, £2.50
Join a 30-minute tour to explore our Egyptian collection and visit the tomb of Shep en-Mut. Courtyard.

Museum full site tour
Wed 8 Nov, 11am, £5
Join a 60-minute tour of RAMM's permanent collections and explore stories of the past. Meet in the Courtyard.

Ancient Egyptian Tour
Sat 24 Nov, 12noon and 2pm, £2.50
Join a 30-minute tour to explore our Egyptian collection and visit the tomb of Shep en-Mut. Courtyard.

Discovering Africa: 30 minute introductory tour
First and third Tue of each month from Aug, 11 to 11.30am and 2 to 2.30pm, £2.50
Available for a limited time, join one of our tour guides for a 30 minute introduction to our newly refurbished World Culture galleries African Collection. Meet in the 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

Admission

Various - see listing

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?s=EXETER_RAMM&filter%5B%5D=TOURS

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Dementia-friendly object handling on an autumn theme

  • 18 October 2018 10:30am-12:30pm *on now

Touch and talk about objects reflecting Autumn from traditional harvest jugs to still life paintings.
Living Each Season - these activities are 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.
Numbers are limited to ensure the best possible experience and booking in advance will guarantee your place.

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

£15 (includes a companion)

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=tickets&perfCode=2439&ev=4023

Portrait of author Philip Reeve

Mortal Engines and Railhead - far-future civilisations and adventures.

  • 20 October 2018 11am-12:30pm

Explore far-future civilisations and adventures with author Philip Reeve. Joining us at RAMM, as part of the Exetreme Imagination Festival, Philip will talk about his work developing both the Mortal Engines and Railhead Series. If you enjoy Philip’s enthralling novels, and would love to ask him about the worlds and characters that feature in them, this event will include an exciting opportunity to chat with Philip. So be sure to come prepared with your questions.
Mortal Engines covers nearly 20 years of a far-future age, The Traction Era, when cities roam the world hunting for smaller towns to dismantle for their raw-materials. It is a time of conflict, with airships in the skies, amphibious limpet-submarines lurking in the oceans, and dangerous bits of technology left over from a long-ago war lie waiting to be discovered.
Zen Starling rides the rails and his luck across a place of many dangers in Railhead. Explore this adventure novel set in a future civilization of many worlds, all linked by a hyperspace railway.
This event will focus on Philip’s work for older children and teenagers.
Under 12's must be accompanied by an adult with an additional ticket required for the adult.

Admission

£5

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/EXETER_RAMM

participants and guide hanling museum artefact

Half term gallery handling sessions

  • 23 — 25 October 2018

23 to 25 October, 10.30am to 3.30pm. Drop in. Free.
Volunteer guides will help you to explore and handle authentic and replica objects.
23 Oct: Second World War
24 Oct: World Cultures
25 Oct: Explore Roman Devon

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Drop in - free

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A Night-time RAMMble – Museums at Night

  • 27 October 2018 6-8:30pm

Experience the magic and mystery of RAMM after hours. Explore the museum by torchlight, discover hidden gems and learn about some of the fascinating objects in our collection, especially those with a link to night time and darkness. Take time to make a special lantern and join us for our end of evening procession when we will darken the museum even more.
Add to your evening's enjoyment by booking on to one of our games, developed by Red House Mysteries. Play as a family and work with others to crack the codes. After booking for the event we will email you with details of how to book for a game and choose your time slot. Tickets for the games are limited and cost an additional £3 per person.

The Heart of the Congo: A 30-minute game for up to 8 people
Collector Richard Dennett returns from Africa following his quest to find the 'Heart of the Congo'. Some years later a locked crate is discovered. Can you solve the clues and puzzles to break into the crate and discover what is inside?

The Rowley Riddle: A one-hour game for up to 6 people
F.R. Rowley has been gathering objects for the museum. He has sent some objects back which include intriguing riddles. Move through the four galleries finding clues, solving a series of puzzles and unravelling the riddles to claim your prize.

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

Admission

£3 (plus £3 per game)

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=tickets&perfCode=2535&ev=4037

Egyptian sarcophagus

Ancient Egyptian activities

  • 27 October 2018 From 11am
  • 24 November 2018 From 11am

Sat 27 Oct and Sat 24 Nov
11am, 12.30pm and 2pm - Courtyard

Help with the mummification of Shep en-Mut. Have a go at the addictive game of Senet. Join the Scribe School and learn how to write hieroglyphs.

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

£3 per child. Under 5s and adults free

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=eventtimes&ev=22401

Lucy Kemp-Welch’s Boer War painting In Sight - Lord Dundonald’s Dash on Ladysmith (1901)

Lucy Kemp-Welch: Capturing the spirit of horses

  • 1 November 2018 From 6:30pm

Lucy Kemp-Welch, who died 60 years ago this November, was a pioneer woman artist and the illustrator of ‘Black Beauty’. Feted as one of finest painters of horses of her generation and an artist for the Boer War and the First World War, she never acquired the same prestige as her male counterparts.
Dr Geri Parlby, art historian and international lecturer, talks about the life and times of this extraordinary artist who had to fight against a lifetime of discrimination to make her mark as an “animal painter of power”.
Lucy Kemp-Welch’s Boer War painting In Sight - Lord Dundonald’s Dash on Ladysmith (1901) takes a prominent place in the exhibition Exeter’s Fine Art: Women Artists, opening on 8 December. The restoration was made possible by generous public donations and a grant from the Friends.
Organised by Friends of Exeter Museums & Art Gallery, registered charity no. 306649. The Friends support the museum with financial help towards acquisitions and conservation. www.exeter.gov.uk/friends, E friends@exeter.gov.uk.

Bar open from 6pm, Talk 6.30pm.

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

£9

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=tickets&perfCode=2461&ev=4027

Image of coin showing Prince Albert

Prince Albert, the Great Exhibition and the cult of the 'exposition'

  • 20 November 2018 From 1pm

In the first of a short series on What the Victorians did for Exeter, starting during the 150th anniversary of RAMM, Dr Bruce Coleman, historian and specialist in Victorian politics, considers the impact of the Great Exhibition on later imitators across a range of countries and interests.
With royal influence and huge crowds, it was a popular and financial success. World’s fairs and expositions around the world followed – and an ambiguity in the meaning people took from the original event.
What is the link between the Great Exhibition in 1851 and England’s World Cup football in 1966? Dr Coleman provides the answer.
Organised by Friends of Exeter Museums & Art Gallery, registered charity no. 306649. The Friends support the museum with financial help towards acquisitions and conservation. www.exeter.gov.uk/friends, E 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

  • Family friendly

Admission

£6

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=tickets&perfCode=2462&ev=4028

Dementia-friendly gallery tour: Devon Voices 1914 to 1918

  • 21 November 2018 10:30am-12:30pm

A friendly, relaxed tour of the exhibition Devon Voices 1914-1918: Home Front Stories. We will concentrate on a number of exhibits allowing time view the whole exhibition.
Living Each Season - these activities are 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.
Numbers are limited to ensure the best possible experience and booking in advance will guarantee your place. There is limited bookable disabled parking.

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

£15 (includes companion)

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=tickets&perfCode=2440&ev=4024

Portrait of Christina Lamb OBE

Years of Living Dangerously - A Woman’s View on War - Christina Lamb

  • 22 November 2018 From 7pm

Since an unexpected wedding invitation led her to move to Peshawar 30 years ago, Christina Lamb OBE has become one of Britain's best known foreign correspondents, as well as a bestselling author. As Chief Foreign Correspondent for the Sunday Times, Christina travels everywhere from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe for the Fall of Mugabe to Europe, where she reported on the disappearance of child refuges. Over the years she has won 14 major awards including ‘Foreign Correspondent of the Year’ 5 times and Europe’s top war reporting prize, the Prix Bayeux.
Christina has written eight books including the bestselling 'The Africa House' and 'I Am Malala'; with her latest books being 'Farewell Kabul: From Afghanistan to a More Dangerous World' and 'The Girl from Apello: Nujeen’s Escape from War to Freedom in a Wheelchair'.
An inspirational speaker, having spoken all over the world, this evening will give you the opportunity to hear about her life and experiences on the road and the challenges of balancing war and motherhood.

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

£18 (Early Bird £16 ends Mon 5 Nov)

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=tickets&perfCode=2437&ev=4021

Participants making art

Dementia-friendly art making at the museum

  • 19 December 2018 10:30am-12:30pm

Christmas is coming and this is a chance to take part in a hands-on creative activity linked to our theme 'Victorian Christmas'.
Living Each Season - these activities are 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.
Numbers are limited to ensure the best possible experience and booking in advance will guarantee your place. There is limited bookable disabled parking.

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

£15 (includes companion)

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=tickets&perfCode=2441&ev=4025

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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