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.
image of mask

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

A selection of decorated handkerchiefs from the exhibition.

What do you collect? Handkerchiefs

  • 15 January — 7 April 2019 *on now

A selection of eye-catching handkerchiefs collected over many years by an artist and printmaker living in Devon. Handkerchiefs were used by everyone until throwaway paper tissues were invented, and were common as gifts, mementos and souvenirs. Expect the Collector's Case to be full of vibrant prints and strong graphics as well as delicately-woven and embroidered examples.

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=times

The words 'Criminal Ornamentation' next to one of the exhibition pieces, a dressed mannequin in a colourful suit with wings.

Criminal Ornamentation: Yinka Shonibare MBE curates the Arts Council Collection

  • 19 January — 17 March 2019 *on now

Blow away the winter blues with a riot of colour and pattern. This intriguing exhibition includes eye-popping art ranging from film to fashion and ceramics to sculpture.
Celebrated British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare MBE has chosen works that surprise and dazzle. From a sequined dress by Alexander McQueen to nineteenth-century wallpaper by William Morris, his selection tells a story of objects that refuse to be confined. Showing nearly 100 works by more than 50 artists including Andy Goldsworthy, Sarah Lucas, Sonia Boyce, Susan Derges, Mona Hatoum, David Nash, Bridget Riley and Yinka Shonibare MBE. Gallery 21 and 22.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=eventtimes&ev=4080

An illustration of two migrating birds underneath the title 'Local Art Show: Migration'

Local Art Show 2019: Migration

  • 11 — 30 June 2019

The annual 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 by Devon Live and viewers invited to vote on their favourite.
The theme for the 2017 competition is Migration, the museum’s over-arching theme for the year.
All entries must be submitted by 5pm on Friday 22 March 2019.
Entering groups will need approximately 50 works to fill Gallery 22. They must agree to the entry conditions, then complete the entry form and submit it along with a CD/DVD containing ten captioned images representing the group’s work and 200 words stating why they think their group or society should win.
Previous winners are: Double Elephant Print Workshop (2017), Flying Colours (2016), Topsham Art Group (2015), Sense (2014), Hive Art Group (2013) and Fairstream Arts (2012).

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+
  • Any age

Admission

Free, drop in

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=eventtimes&ev=4019

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.
A group of young performing arts students holding up a textile, in the midst of a dance performance.

Ornament and pattern: dance and textiles performance

  • 24 March 2019 11am-12pm

A specially-choreographed piece of modern dance and movement by Exeter College performing art students. The performers will wear garments created by textile design students. The focus is on colour, ornament and pattern, particularly as a means of social and political expression, inspired by the 'Criminal Ornamentation' exhibition, curated by Yinka Shonibare MBE.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • 0-4
  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 16-17
  • 11-13
  • 5-6

Admission

Free, drop in

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=eventtimes&ev=22994

A traditional illustration of a Chinese dragon.

Chinese New Year Trail around RAMM

  • 5 February — 5 March 2019 *on now

Collect trails from Queen Street and Garden Receptions
It's Chinese New Year - the Year of the Pig. Join in the celebrations by finding Chinese and Chinese-inspired objects around the museum. Follow the clues and draw your own pictures to complete the trail and win a badge.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Collect trails from Queen Street and Garden Receptions

A traditional illustration of a chinese dragon.

Chinese New Year trail around RAMM

  • 5 February — 5 March 2019 *on now

Collect trails from Queen Street and Garden Receptions
It's Chinese New Year - the Year of the Pig. Join in the celebrations by finding Chinese and Chinese-inspired objects around the museum. Follow the clues and draw your own pictures to complete the trail and win a badge.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 7-10
  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+
  • Any age

Admission

Free, drop in. Just collect the trails from Queen Street and Garden Receptions.

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=eventtimes&ev=22323

Ancient Egyptian tours with an image of Shep-En-Mut's sarchophagus.

Ancient Egyptian tour

  • 16 February 2019 12-2:30pm *on now

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

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+
  • Any age

Admission

£2.50

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=eventtimes&ev=22402

Shep-En-Mut, an Egyptian mummy's sarchophagus.

Ancient Egyptian activities

  • 16 February 2019 11am-2:30pm *on now

11am, 12.30pm and 2pm. £3 per child. Under 5s and adults free.
Experience Ancient Egypt and 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.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

£3 per child. Under 5s and adults free.

Website

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

A smiling blonde woman posing while wearing a variety of dressing-up costumes.

Looking the Part

  • 19 February 2019 10:30am-3:30pm

Would you rather become an elephant or monkey, travel through time to Tudor England and Ancient Egypt or explore other world cultures? There is something for all the family to dress up in from our box of surprises. Take home an interactive reminder of the time you became one of our exhibits.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • 16-17
  • Any age
  • 18+

Admission

Drop In, pay on arrival, £1 per child.

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=eventtimes&ev=38012

An up-close image of a ceramic object decorated with blue waves and imagined creatures.

Printmaking and Animation Workshop

  • 20 February 2019 1:30-4pm

Take inspiration from the themes of RAMM's ‘Criminal Ornamentation’ exhibition to design your own relief plate and create a series of prints to turn into a fun digital animation with artist Tanya Morel.
Develop your ideas through some simple drawing/mark-making, and convert them into a relief plate using card and foam. You will then ink up the plate using rollers to create a series of prints on paper. Photograph the finished prints to put onto the computer using an animation programme to convert into your own short animated film.
See examples of print animations made in this way on Vimeo.
Tanya (www.tanyamorel.co.uk ) is a Dartmoor based artist working in ceramic sculpture, painting, printmaking, animation and filmmaking.
Suitable for 8-12 year-olds. All materials provided, but please bring your own smartphone or tablet to this workshop that can connect to wifi.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

£5, all materials provided

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=tickets&perfCode=2697&ev=4065

A young person in a red top and a black beanie enacting a break-dancing move.

UrbanFlow: Street Dance Workshop

  • 20 February 2019 10:30am-3:30pm

Whether you're a pro or have never broken a move, drop into our street dance workshop to find your style.
Born on the streets of the Bronx in the 1970s, street dance is a term used to cover many styles. While the roots of the steps evolved from the Charleston, Lindy Hop and Salsa, street dance developed outside of the dance studios, encouraging freedom of movement and social expression.
Drop in to a workshop with UrbanFlow, one of only 5% of UK street dance teachers qualified to Level 4 Diploma level. From hip-hop to house, try your hand at breaking foundations, locking, popping, waving, shuffling and even fortnite too!
No experience necessary. Age 5+

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 16-17
  • 14-15
  • 18+

Admission

£3, drop in, pay on arrival

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=eventtimes&ev=4066

Royal Albert Memorial Museum building

Museum full site tour

  • 21 February 2019 11-11:50am

Join a 60-minute tour of RAMM's permanent collections and explore stories of the past. Meet in the Courtyard.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 16-17
  • 11-13
  • 5-6
  • Any age

Admission

£5

A photograph of two young girls participating in an arts and crafts activity.

Double Take

  • 21 — 22 February 2019 10:30am-3:30pm

Thu 21 and Fri 22 Feb,10.30am to 12.30pm and 1.30 to 3.30pm. £3 Drop-in. Pay on arrival
Ever seen a leopard-print racing car? Or a camouflage teapot? You might do this February half term at RAMM. Taking inspiration from the Criminal Ornamentation exhibition, our family activity will invite children to use pattern in surprising ways. Be as imaginative and creative as possible.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

£3, drop in, pay on arrival

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=eventtimes&ev=4072

A bird's eye view of a digital map of Exeter made on Minecraft.

Exeter 2025: Minecraft Challenge Day

  • 24 February 2019 10:30am-4:30pm

Join Exeter City Futures at RAMM, to engage in a carousel of activities, from experiencing a virtual reality walk around Exeter in the year 2025, to undertaking a Minecraft challenge workshop. Interact with RAMM's Historic Exeter Minecraft project, or get a souvenir picture from the future with a time-travelling green screen experience.
Exeter City Futures is engaging with citizens to craft future Exeter in Minecraft. They are creating a collaborative vision of a more sustainable city using a map of Exeter City Centre generated from Open Data as a starting point.
The Exeter 2025 Minecraft Challenge Day will showcase the map that minecrafters in Exeter have created so far, and encourage attendees to add their own sustainable solutions.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • 16-17
  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • Any age

Admission

Drop in, pay what you think

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=eventtimes&ev=4077

Two young women at night on a brightly lit city street, attending Afro Punk 2016.

Wax Print: film screening and panel discussion

  • 27 February 2019 7-10pm

Tickets www.exeterphoenix.org.uk
Surprised to learn from her Nigerian grandmother that ‘traditional’ African wax printed fabrics were a colonial invention made in the UK and Holland, British-born filmmaker and fashion designer, Aiwan Obinyan, sets out on a journey across four continents to trace the two-hundred year history of this iconic textile. From the intricate hand-crafted batiks of Indonesia to the cotton fields of North America and from European industrial mills to the bustling markets of West Africa, the story of how one fabric came to symbolise a whole continent, its people and their struggles (film 97min). Director Aiwan Obinyan will join a panel discussion after the screening which will explore the themes of Wax Print in relation to Yinke Shonibare’s exhibition.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£7 (students & under 25s £5)

Website

https://www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/film/

A photograph of a woman with her back turned to the camera, displaying her sleeve of tattoos, including flowers and a Buddha.

Tattoos: a secret language

  • 1 March 2019 6:30-9pm

Unravel the secret language of tattoos, from tribal identity to rebel statement or individual expression, in an evening of talks and demonstrations.
In contemporary British culture, tattoos have a personal and often hidden meaning that an observer may struggle to 'decode'. Yet, in many non-European cultures, such as those represented in RAMM's ethnography collection, tattoos are highly-visible and easily-interpreted symbols, a language that can denote rank, profession, marital status or even guard against evil and dark forces.
Join RAMM's curator of ethnography, Tony Eccles, and Dr Matt Lodder, one of the world's leading tattoo experts, for an exploration of the history and the meaning of this personal art form. Comprehend the nuanced, personal meaning of this secret language in a 'tattoo catwalk' and watch a live demonstration of a tattoo artist at work

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£15 (£12 early bird to 15 Feb)

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=tickets&perfCode=2698&ev=4068

Two mothers with their children viewing paintings in an art gallery.

Baby-friendly curator talk - Women Artists

  • 7 March 2019 10-11am

New for 2019 – introducing our baby-friendly talks by RAMM’s curators. These talks are only for parents and carers with children under 18 months, so there’s no need to worry about disturbing other visitors during the talk.
Join Curator Michele Green on a tour around our Women Artists exhibition. Shining a spotlight on female artists in RAMM’s fine art collection, this exhibition features works from the 1770s until 2011.
Works include those by the suffragette artist Olive Wharry (1886-1947) and her views of Exeter after the blitz, the popular Victorian children’s book illustrator Kate Greenaway and detailed watercolour studies of birds and insects by Miss Ann Lee, painted in the 1770s.
There are also modern works by Barbara Hepworth, Gillian Ayres, Mary Martin, Dame Laura Knight, Primrose Pitman and Judith Ackland, amongst others.
This event is for people with their babies and toddlers. Children will be able to have free movement whilst the talk takes place and toys and books will be provided for their entertainment.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 18+

Admission

Drop in, pay what you think

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=eventtimes&ev=4069

An image depicting three steam trains on tracks in a Victorian train station.

Six Exits from Exeter: From Brunel to the Cornish Riviera Express

  • 7 March 2019 1-2pm

In the last in the series of 'What the Victorians did for Exeter’ Amyas Crump, rail historian and local author, looks at the intrigue and industrial archaeology of the railway age and its impact on Exeter.
By the end of Queen Victoria's reign the railway network was almost complete and Exeter was connected to Bristol, London, South, North and East Devon and the Teign Valley. From Brunel and the 'Atmospheric caper' to the first non-stop train, Amyas Crump will illustrate sixty years of innovation, upheaval and travel.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£8 admission, £6 concessions

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=tickets&perfCode=2614&ev=4058

Behind the scenes

More in Store: behind-the-scenes tour

  • 13 March 2019 2-2:50pm

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.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • Any age
  • 16-17
  • 11-13

Admission

£5

An image of a Victorian 'magic slide' depicting a vase full of roses and a banner with the word 'welcome'

Dementia-Friendly outing: Around the world with magic lantern slides and music

  • 13 March 2019 10:30am-12pm

Enjoy a dementia-friendly morning at RAMM, travelling the world with a Victorian slideshow and a local choir.
Let us take you on a journey to see places and faces through Victorian and Edwardian eyes, projected with a real magic lantern and slides from the museum’s collections.
Relax with tea, cake, and music on a global theme.
Please note: light in the gallery will be dimmed for the lantern show.
Our dementia-friendly 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. An illustrated information sheet is available to take home and carry on the conversation.
We will concentrate on a few of the exhibits allowing time for viewing the rest of the exhibition at your leisure.
Booking your place - Numbers are limited to ensure the best possible experience. Booking in advance will guarantee your place. Tickets can be obtained online and in person. There is limited disabled parking; please book a space if you need one.
Contact us about group rates. T 01392 265305. E ruth.gidley@exeter.gov.uk
www.rammuseum.org.uk/getting-involved/participation/living-each-season

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£5 includes companion and refreshments for two

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=times

An image of the Director of the Tate Modern, Frances Morris, in front of a large printed art work

In Conversation with Frances Morris, Director of Tate Modern

  • 14 March 2019 6:30-9pm

To accompany RAMM's Women Artists exhibition, we present an evening of wide-ranging discussion about the art world today. Despite the many advances made by women in recent years, they are still under-represented. What can we do to address this?
Frances Morris has played a key role in the development of Tate, joining as a curator in 1987, becoming Head of Displays at Tate Modern (2000–2006) and then Director of Collection, International Art until April 2016 when she was appointed as Director, Tate Modern.
She has worked continually to re-imagine Tate’s collection and has been instrumental in developing its international reach and its representation of women artists. Frances was jointly responsible for the initial presentation of the opening collection displays at Tate Modern in 2000, which radically transformed the way museums present the story of modern art. She has curated landmark exhibitions, many of which were large-scale international collaborations, and three major retrospectives of women artists including Louise Bourgeois in 2007, Yayoi Kusama in 2012 and Agnes Martin in 2015. Frances Morris most recently curated Giacometti in 2017.
Frances holds a BA in History of Art from Cambridge University and an MA in History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London. She is a Board member at Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh and a Board member of CIMAM.
Frances will introduced by Dr Sue Tate, Research Fellow, University of the West of England and Freelance Art Historian.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£10 (£8 early bird to 1 Mar)

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=tickets&perfCode=2699&ev=4070

Two young children using a laptop learning about animation.

Hands-on Animation

  • 16 March 2019 1:30-4pm

Fun digital animation workshop with artist James Hedge. Create drawings and collages from objects in RAMM's World Cultures collection, and use animation to capture your drawings to create short animated loops.
Animated loops will be made up of 6 to 12 separate sheets/exposures and there will be plenty of drawing/collaging materials available to get creative. Your final animation will then be posted to vimeo to download.
Suitable for 8-12 year-olds. Please bring a smartphone or tablet to this workshop that can connect to wifi.
About the artist - James Hedge (www.jameshedge.com) is a Visuals Artist working in the South West. He is primarily interested is in the process of observational draw/painting. James sees Stop-motion Animation as being a really good bridge between the physical activity, of looking and making, and our digital culture. Example animations James Hedge has overseen/made: Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/32708609 and Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/100512666

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

£5

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=tickets&perfCode=2700&ev=4071

A group of elderly individuals creating art.

Dementia-Friendly Art Making in the Museum

  • 20 March 2019 10:30am-12:30pm

A hands-on creative activity using the Criminal Ornamentation exhibition as inspiration.
Our dementia-friendly 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. An illustrated information sheet is available to take home and carry on the conversation.
Booking your place - Numbers are limited to ensure the best possible experience. Booking in advance will guarantee your place. Tickets can be obtained online and in person. There is limited disabled parking; please book a space if you need one.
Contact us about group rates: T 01392 265305, E ruth.gidley@exeter.gov.uk
www.rammuseum.org.uk/about-ramm/participation/living-each-season

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£15 includes companion

Local history tour

Local history tour

  • 26 March 2019 2-2:50pm

Join a 60-minute tour of the Local History collection. Explore the archaeology of Devon from Roman and medieval times through to Exeter during the Second World War. Meet in the Courtyard.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • Any age
  • 16-17
  • 11-13

Admission

£5

Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery
Queen Street
Exeter
Devon
EX4 3RX
England

Website

RAMM's home page

http://www.rammuseum.org.uk

E-mail

ramm@exeter.gov.uk

Telephone

01392 265858

Fax

01392 421252

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