Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery
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.
10am to 5pm every day except Mondays and bank holidays.
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
World Cultures, Natural Sciences, Fine Art, Decorative and Applied Art, Costume and Textiles, Coins and Medals, Archaeology
Key artists and exhibits
- Designated Collection
Short course - Vintage Lingerie: A journey from 1850-1970
- 5 September 2020 1:30-4:30pm
This Saturday afternoon session will cover a range of fabulous vintage pieces each with a story to tell. From 1920s knickers to 1950s pin up brassieres. Corsets, chemises, girdles, petticoats the hidden uniforms of the past that were so very vital to supporting the elegant gowns that covered them. Embroidered and embellished, functional, yet attractive, come and uncover what your grandmother and her mother might have worn.
Tutor: Jill Salen
Jill Salen is a retired lecturer in Costume from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. She has also made costumes for many clients, including The Globe theatre, Cosprop, and the Welsh National Opera. She is also the author of a number of successful publications on corsetry, costume history and construction, and is currently researching for a further book on corsetry.
Short Course Inspired by: Beadwork making workshop
- 30 September 2020 10:30am-3:30pm
Taking inspiration from the wonderful examples of beadwork in RAMM’s collections this creative course will teach participants key beadwork stitches including spiral peyote and brick stitch, increasing and decreasing using different sized beads, and clasp attachment. All materials and the design to make a spiral vine and leaves necklace are included in the course fee.
Tutors: Alison Wray-McCann and Sylvia Wray-McCann
Alison and Sylvia have been teaching beading for over fifteen years, working with beginner, intermediate and advanced students. As well as teaching local beading groups they also teach beading to groups such as the West Country Embroiderers, Embroiderers’ Guild, Patchwork and Lace groups. They have also taught beading in schools for children between 9 and 18 years.
History repeating: pattern design inspired by RAMM's collections (8 week course)
- 2 October — 27 November 2020
Use RAMM’s collections as source material and inspiration for developing a variety of pattern designs. Each week we will research a particular theme using reference points from art history, contemporary makers and artists to inspire new, unique designs. Designs can be interpreted in any medium and ideas and techniques will be shared within the group.
1. Fashion, the body and form
2. Lace, history, repetition, rhythm and symbolism
3. Architecture: inside, outside, geometric design
4. Animal print, butterflies, birds, snakes, feathers and fish as surface
6. Gods and goddesses
7. Textiles and political messages
8. Fine Art, exploring current exhibitions in the context of pattern and contemporary design
Please bring a sketchbook and pencils and a camera/phone.
Nicci Wonnacott B/A (HONS) Fine art/Contextual Practice. P.G.C.E. has been delivering courses at RAMM for many years. Nicci has an excellent knowledge of RAMM’s collections, art history, painting, drawing, textile art and design.
Artefacts and artistry: drawing and painting inspired by RAMM’s collections (8 week course)
- 3 October — 28 November 2020
Use RAMM’s collections as source material and inspiration for developing your drawing and painting skills. Each week we will explore an area of interest, including natural history, ceramics, costume and archaeology. The session will begin by looking at artists and designers (both contemporary and historical) and we will then go into the galleries and sketch, returning to the studio to paint from these drawings.
1. Butterflies, beetles, birds and sea-life. The work of Henry Gosse.
2. Ceramics. From Roman pottery to harvest jugs. Considering still life, the domestic to the decorative.
3. Gods and goddesses, power figures, systems of belief and symbolism.
4. Decorative art, fashion and the figure. Considering the body, form and fashion.
5. Fossils, bones and big animals. Art from pre-history through to today.
6. Metaphors, meanings, hieroglyphics, typography and text in ancient worlds and contemporary art.
7. Costume, armour and ritual, pattern in cloth and the abstract, colour, form and geometry.
8. Architecture, painting RAMM. Metaphors of the house both inside and out.
We will have a small range of acrylics and brushes, or you can bring your own paints of choice.
Please also bring an A3 sketchbook, sketching materials.
Nicci Wonnacott BA (HONS) Fine art/Contextual Practice. PGCE has been delivering courses at RAMM for many years. Nicci has an excellent knowledge of RAMM’s collections, art history, painting, drawing, textile art and design.
Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery