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.
The Silver Wave

'The Silver Wave' by Michelle Williams Gamaker

  • 3 December 2020 — 21 March 2021

Inspired by objects from the Arctic region in RAMM’s collection, Williams Gamaker’s film tells the story of Ada Blackjack, an Iñupiat woman from Nome, Alaska, who became the sole survivor of a doomed expedition to Russia’s Wrangel Island, in the Arctic Ocean, between the Chukchi Sea and East Siberian Sea.
The explorers were hoping to claim the island for the British Empire, but as the four men Ada travelled with fell ill and eventually died or disappeared in an attempt to seek help, she was left alone on the island.
Ada’s diary of this ill-fated voyage, are filled with thoughts of her young son Bennet, who she had had to leave behind in a care home. Extracts from this diary provide the dialogue to the film read by Iñupiat poet and writer Carrie Ayagaduk Ojanen, from the Ugiuvamiut tribe.
Michelle Williams Gamaker says of her new work, ‘Ada’s story is one of survival at all costs. Accompanying the explorers to Wrangel Island went against her better judgement, but she needed money to care for her son Bennet. It is clear in later interviews that the events that took place on the island were very traumatic to remember. Working with a selection of artefacts from RAMM's collection I take them on a journey to tell Ada’s untold story. Using projected archival images over RAMM’s objects, a scene unfolds behind that is quite fantastical, reflecting Ada’s dreams and hopes while on the island’.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free entry ticket required

Website

https://rammuseum.org.uk/entrytickets

100 First Women Portraits

Anita Corbin: 100 First Women Portraits

  • 3 December 2020 — 21 February 2021

Visually stunning, the exhibition features a fascinating mix of celebrities, famous personalities, dignitaries and unsung heroines from across the decades. In sport, in the arts, in politics and the professions, these women have all broken through the glass ceiling.

The South West boasts of fifteen of the 100 First Women ranging from Dame Hilary Mantel, the first woman to win the Man Booker Prize twice to Exeter’s own Bellatrix, the first UK woman Beatbox Battle World Champion.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

FREE entry. Donations welcomed.
Please pre-book your timed ticket.

Website

https://rammuseum.org.uk/entrytickets

Brian Rice's vibrant multi-canvas painting ‘Green Cross’ (1964)

Brian Rice: 60 years of paintings and prints

  • 3 December 2020 — 17 January 2021

In the 1960’s Brian Rice was at the heart of the creative and groundbreaking London Art Scene and a part of the crowd of artists associated with the Royal College of art such as David Hockney and Peter Blake. Brian Rice’s abstract paintings from this period were influenced by the De Stiji group and European Constructivists of the 1920’s and 30’s. These formative London years from 1962-1978, strengthened Rice’s conviction in abstract work and saw his reputation grow. Work includes his vibrant multi-canvas painting ‘Green Cross’, from his formative 1960’s London period.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

FREE entry. Donations welcomed.
Please pre-book your timed ticket.

Website

https://rammuseum.org.uk/entrytickets

Local Art Show 2020: Double Elephant Print Workshop

Local Art Show 2020: Double Elephant Print Workshop

  • 12 December 2020 — 17 January 2021

Work is submitted according to the theme for the year, groups are then shortlisted and the winners chosen by public vote. The theme for the 2020 competition was ‘RAMM and its collections’ and the shortlisted entrants were Double Elephant Print Workshop, Topsham Art Group and Magic Carpet. The public vote, hosted by Exeter Living, closed in April and Double Elephant Print Workshop were announced as the winners.
Double Elephant is a fine art printmaking workshop that, for 22 years, has been providing resources, tuition and support to complete beginners and experienced artists alike. The ethos of DEPW is one of continuous creative learning and development, with a commitment to helping everyone reach the very highest standards. They usually operate from their Exeter base in the Phoenix Arts Centre, although during lockdown all the artists have been producing work at home. Double Elephant's artists work across the spectrum of printmaking methods, from relief printing to lithography and everything in between. The work they produce is often bold and dramatic, while also incorporating thoughtful detail. From butterflies to totem poles, RAMM`s collections have been a source of inspiration for this vibrant and varied show.
All work on display can be purchased via the shop at RAMM.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free Entrance Ticket Required

Website

https://rammuseum.org.uk/entrytickets

Anna Grayson: The Photographic Art Thief

Anna Grayson: The Photographic Art Thief

  • 15 December 2020 — 28 February 2021

Anna’s first pastiche photograph, ‘An Allegory of Modern Marriage’ (after Van Eyck’s Arnolfini Portrait) won an award from the South West Academy and went on to be hung at the 2014 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. This success was repeated in 2018 when ‘The Moaning Geezer’ and ‘Klimt in the Care Home’ were hung by Grayson Perry in his Yellow Gallery at the RA.
In her work, Anna Grayson invites the viewer to have fun and to engage both with her photographs, and with the original masterpieces that inspired her.
The work on show in the exhibition is available for purchase via the shop at RAMM.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free entrance ticket required

Website

https://rammuseum.org.uk/entrytickets

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.
Blueprints: The History of the Sewing Pattern

Online Event: Blueprints: The History of the Sewing Pattern

  • 8 December 2020 10am-12:30pm

Discover the origins of patterns - from the tailoring manuals of the 16th century to the dressmaking publications of the 19th century, and the film costume-inspired Hollywood and Starred patterns of the 1930s and 1940s, through to the packet patterns that we buy today.

This event will take place online as a Zoom session. There will also be a chance to look at patterns and sewing magazines from the RAMM collections.
Details of the session will be emailed to you in advance of the date of the workshop.
Tutor: Victoria Haddock
Victoria Haddock has an MA in the History of Design and Material Culture from the University in Brighton, where her dissertation focused on the topic of fashion tie-ins inspired by film costumes during the 1930s.
She is a freelance writer and researcher who also works in collections care for Zenzie Tinker Conservation Ltd and has previously worked for the Gallery of Costume, Platt Hall, and the National Trust’s Killerton House. Victoria has also been volunteering with the Costume/Textile collections at Killerton and RAMM for over three years. She is currently the Ambassadors' Co-ordinator and Twitter Manager for The Costume Society.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£15

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=tickets&perfCode=3825&ev=4302

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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