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.
Birds flying

The Lost Words

  • 19 October 2019 — 12 January 2020 *on now

The Lost Words is a unique collaborative project between writer Robert Macfarlane and artist Jackie Morris. Taking the form of both an exhibition and a book published by Hamish Hamilton, The Lost Words celebrates the relationship between language and the living world, and of nature’s power to spark the imagination.
Nature seems increasingly to be retreating from our children's stories and imaginations. 'Hashtag' was declared the UK Children's Word for 2015. A 2016 survey of primary school children in the UK found eight-year-olds more able to identify species of Pokemon than species of common UK wildlife. Technology is wondrous – but so is nature.
In response to this widening gulf between childhood and the natural world, The Lost Words seeks to conjure that vanishing wildness back into existence through images and writing.
Robert Macfarlane has created a series of spell-poems - one for each lost word - while Jackie Morris, inspired by her lifelong passion for Britain’s landscapes and wildlife, has painted beautiful watercolours and used gold leaf to take the viewer on a journey that makes the familiar magical once more. As Jackie says, “I want The Lost Words to delight the mind and the eye and send children to sleep dreaming of wild things.”
A touring exhibition organised by Compton Verney with Hamish Hamilton and Penguin Books.
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Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • Any age

Admission

£6, (£4), 16 and under free, Art Fund £3

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=eventtimes&ev=4202

A painting of the coast, including old fashioned boats, people and cliffs.

Exeter's Fine Art Collection: A Sense of Place

  • 18 June 2019 — 15 March 2020 *on now

Be transported to lands both near and far in this evocative exhibition which explores the theme of place. It features important works from RAMM’s fine art collection from the 18th century to the late 20th century.
Artists through the centuries have sought to capture the characteristics that make a place special and unique.
In the 17th and 18th centuries many artists travelled to Italy as a part of their Grand Tour. They were drawn by the promise of illustrating an ideal classical landscape influenced by antiquity. Artists such as Thomas Patch migrated to Italy making a living from painting views of Florence and Tivoli. The exhibition also features important paintings by Francis Towne and Samuel Prout.
Later works chart the 19th-century development of the modern landscape with the emergence of Impressionism and its emphasis upon painting outdoors from nature. Works such as Frederick Goodall’s painting Pastoral Scene near Cairo, Evening highlight the development of the 19th-century Orientalist painting tradition that saw western artists depicting aspects of the eastern world.
20th-century works include Aubrey William’s vibrant oil painting Bonampak (number 17) with elements of abstract expressionism. Works by Albert Moulton Foweraker are also featured, exploring the effect of light upon the landscape.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=eventtimes&ev=4119

A fine art landscape painting of the coast populated with people, the sea and sailing boats.

Exeter's Fine Art Collection: A Sense of Place

  • 18 June 2019 — 15 March 2020 *on now

Be transported to lands both near and far in this evocative exhibition which explores the theme of place. It features important works from RAMM’s fine art collection from the 18th century to the late 20th century.
Artists through the centuries have sought to capture the characteristics that make a place special and unique.
In the 17th and 18th centuries many artists travelled to Italy as a part of their Grand Tour. They were drawn by the promise of illustrating an ideal classical landscape influenced by antiquity. Artists such as Thomas Patch migrated to Italy making a living from painting views of Florence and Tivoli. The exhibition also features important paintings by Francis Towne and Samuel Prout.
Later works chart the 19th-century development of the modern landscape with the emergence of Impressionism and its emphasis upon painting outdoors from nature. Works such as Frederick Goodall’s painting Pastoral Scene near Cairo, Evening highlight the development of the 19th-century Orientalist painting tradition that saw western artists depicting aspects of the eastern world.
20th-century works include Aubrey William’s vibrant oil painting Bonampak (number 17) with elements of abstract expressionism. Works by Albert Moulton Foweraker are also featured, exploring the effect of light upon the landscape.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=eventtimes&ev=4119

seaweed

A lightdark sea garden: seaweed pressings and prints by Jo Crook

  • 20 October 2019 — 27 January 2020 *on now

A seemingly endless variety of shape, size, form, texture and colour can be seen in the seaweed pressings and prints of Jo Crook. Individual specimens are carefully arranged and pressed on to fine art watercolour paper, or digitally preserved as giclée prints. The finished artworks have some of the visual appearance of formal biological reference material, but their purpose is entirely artistic: they represent an attempt to impose formality upon natural beauty.
Jo Crook collects seaweed specimens from south Devon beaches where they have been washed up and are at the end of their biological lives. There is no loss to their environment, nor to biodiversity. Their beauty is retained and made visible in these works.
On display in the Cafe at RAMM and available to buy from the Shop at RAMM, these works complement Jo's pressed seaweeds in RAMM’s contemporary art exhibition Sea Garden.
Align your company or organisation with one of Exeter’s best-loved institutions: sponsorship at RAMM.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=eventtimes&ev=4204

Sky clouds and sea weed

Sea Garden

  • 16 November 2019 — 26 January 2020 *on now

This vibrant and intriguing contemporary art exhibition explores the female-gendered relationship with the sea and seaweed. 'Sea Garden' brings together RAMM's first South West Commission, a moving-image work by Bryony Gillard, alongside works by internationally-renowned contemporary artists.
Works include Dartmoor-based photographer Susan Derges' recent rock pool series; film and photography by Dorothy Cross; Mikhail Karikis's video installation ‘Sea Women’; and Turner Prize-nominee Lucy Skaer's reworked nineteenth-century seaweed prints. You will be surprised and challenged by thoughtful and cutting-edge artwork, displayed alongside beautiful examples of pressed seaweeds from RAMM's own collections.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=eventtimes&ev=4201

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.
Blue circle and black background

Rachael Allain: Epipelagic Drifters

  • 16 November 2019 — 26 January 2020 *on now

Totnes-based artist Rachael Allain’s film Epipelagic Drifters (16:35min) reveals planktonic life in the surface layer of Plymouth Sound through microscopic imaging techniques.
Rachael collected data with expert guidance from Senior Technician in Marine Biology, Richard Ticehurst, from Plymouth Sound. She recorded sound from under the water in the surface layer (epipelagic zone) adding audio recordings from world-leading marine scientists.
She says, “Plankton have been dominating the news recently as scientists have captured extraordinary footage of microscopic plankton ingesting micro plastics, highlighting the precarious nature of life on earth. I want to draw attention to the magnificence and beauty of these life giving ocean organisms”.
Align your company or organisation with one of Exeter’s best-loved institutions: sponsorship at RAMM.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
sky and seaweed

Fertile thinking: seaweed in science and art

  • 7 December 2019 1:30-4pm *on now

To coincide with the intriguing contemporary art exhibition 'Sea Garden' which includes Dartmoor-based photographer Susan Derges' recent rock pool series, this participative talk and workshop will inspire your own creative writing.
Artist Susan Derges will discuss her practice as one of the UK’s best-known photographers. Poet, Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Exeter & previously a Leverhulme Artist in Residence in a Marine Biology Department, Dr John Wedgwood Clarke and Professor Mike Allen a seaweed expert at the University of Exeter and Plymouth Marine Laboratory will discuss their knowledge of marine algae in art and science.
The afternoon includes talks, conversation, creative writing and a chance to see ‘Sea Garden’.
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

Tickets £10 early bird until 30 Nov, £12.50 full price. £7 for under 25s.

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=tickets&perfCode=3460&ev=4178

seaweed bath bombs

The Clovelly Soap Company seaweed workshop

  • 11 December 2019 6-8:30pm

Seaweed is a feature of the British coastline and not only does it have many culinary uses it is also valued for its properties in beauty products. Our workshop will show you a variety of common local seaweeds and how they can be prepared and used in cosmetics. From the familiar popping bladderwrack to the large oarweed, they are rich in minerals and nutrients and make a marvellous addition to soaps, bath salts and other products.
You will get a chance to make bath bombs and bath salts using seaweed, herbs, flowers and beautiful essential oils, perfect for Christmas presents with a twist.
Sarah Harper owns The Clovelly Soap Company, a family-run business based in the picturesque Cliffside village of Clovelly on the North Devon coast. They make a large range of natural soaps, candles, bath and beauty products in their studio above the village. These are sold from their shop and various stockists throughout the world as well as online. Local beaches provide a variety of seaweeds which they are able to dry and use in their soaps and other beauty products.
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

Tickets £20

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=tickets&perfCode=3618&ev=4211

Giraffe with a party hat on

Happy birthday Gerald! 100 years at RAMM

  • 14 December 2019 10:30am-3:30pm

Join us in celebrating one of RAMM’s most beloved inhabitants hitting the big 100. A fun-filled day of family activities is on the cards, including face painting, fancy dress, and an animal disco. Not a natural dancer, Gerald will be getting into the spirit by wearing his party hat and posing for photos at a specially-designed selfie station!

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£3 for craft activities.

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=eventtimes&ev=4200

period costume

Short Course: Small waists and full skirts (1820s’ fashion)

  • 18 January 2020 1:30-4:30pm

Explore RAMM’s collection of 1820s’ fashion in this half day course.
Original dress from George IV’s reign will be introduced at this workshop. We will take a look at clothing for men, women and children, and discover a little about the tradespeople who made it, through objects and fashion magazines of the period.
Participants will be able to see examples from the collection up close. By the end of the session they should be able to identify basic fabrics and techniques, and have an idea of how to date clothing of the period.
Course Tutor: Shelley Tobin
Textiles and dress specialist, author and dress historian, Shelley has over 25years experience documenting, researching and taking costume to new audiences. She is the curator for RAMM’s extensive costume and textile collection and the National Trust costume curator at Killerton.
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

Tickets £30

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=tickets&perfCode=3514&ev=4195

girl with i pad in gallery

Digital creative workshops

  • 25 January 2020 10:15am-12:45pm
  • 15 February 2020 10:15am-12:45pm

Suitable for young creatives aged 8-12
Let your imagination run wild exploring the museum's objects, collecting ideas and using these to inspire your own animations, moving images and gifs.
All tickets are available at a subsidised price of £5, on a first-come-first-served basis.
RAMM has teamed up with Daisi for a special series of fun digital creative workshops for young people, each hosted by a different inspiring artist.
Look out for another digital workshop Sat 15 Feb.
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

  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

Tickets £5

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=eventtimes&ev=4168

decorative arts

Short Course: All Things That Glitter

  • 1 February 2020 1:30-4:30pm

Explore RAMM’s fabulous decorative arts collection.
This afternoon workshop aims to uncover some of the glittering secrets behind RAMM’s decorative arts collection which has many beautiful objects to suit a range of tastes and interests. The workshop will look at a range of silver objects from the time of the Tudors to those made in the splendour of Exeter’s ‘Golden Age’. A close look at some work by Exeter goldsmith Richard Hilliard (who was father to the famous Elizabethan miniaturist, Nicholas Hilliard) will also feature in the workshop.
Course Tutor: Sally Ayres
Sally has been the Decorative Arts Curator at RAMM since 2016. This role includes curatorial responsibility for a collection that includes musical instruments, ceramics, glass, silver, clocks, guns and furniture. Sally has an Art History and a Masters in Museum and Gallery Education from the Institute of Education, University of London. In 2012 Sally completed an AHRC-funded Collaborative Doctorate, working with the RAMM’s World Cultures collection. Included in this project was an exhibition in the World Cultures Gallery which examined the multiple interpretations of Richard Dennett’s Congo collection.
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

Tickets £30

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=tickets&perfCode=3515&ev=4196

A sense of place

Short Course: A Grand Art Tour - Italy and Europe

  • 8 February 2020 1:30-4:30pm

A visit to Italy and the Grand Tour of Europe were key events in the lives of artists and patrons in the late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth centuries. Our masterclass examines the wonderful art that originated from painters who travelled to classical and ‘exotic’ locations in an age before photography, picturing them for a British audience. We will examine the oils, watercolours and drawings by Joseph Wright, Francis Towne, and Thomas Patch, and the stories behind their artistic odysseys. This fascinating afternoon session is directly linked to the artworks currently on display as part of our ‘Sense of Place’ exhibition which is showcasing important works from RAMM’s fine art collection.
Course tutor: Jan Cox
Award-winning art historian Dr Jan Cox tutors for Oxford University and Cambridge University (ICE). He also tutors for and lectures at many arts organisations throughout Britain, including Dillington House. Jan has addressed conferences in Copenhagen, Montreal, Rome, Oslo, and at Tate Britain and Tate St. Ives.
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

Tickets £30

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=tickets&perfCode=3510&ev=4191

Lace bobbins

Short Course: The Story of Lace

  • 15 February 2020 1:30-4:30pm

The story of lace is a fascinating journey starting in the mid-sixteenth century and travelling through the ages. It examines the rapid development of lace as an openwork fabric, created with a needle and single thread (needle lace) or with multiple threads (bobbin lace).
This workshop is in connection with ‘By Royal Appointment’ an exhibition that will focus on the people who made lace from the 18th to 20th centuries. Many of these lace-makers and manufacturers contributed to the Royal wardrobe, in particular wedding lace. The exhibition will showcase RAMM’s own lace collection by well-known East Devon manufacturers including Exeter-based Charlotte Treadwin, Esther Clarke and the Wards of Honiton and John Tucker of Branscombe, all of whom were commissioned by the Royal Family.
Course Tutors: Carol McFadzean and Elizabeth Trebble
Carol McFadzean - Carol started lacemaking in 1985 and has exhibited her work internationally. She was Chair of Devon Lace Teachers for 10 years, and represented the UK in OIDFA (The International Bobbin and Needle Lace Organisation). Practitioner, researcher, author and lecturer of international standing, Carol was recently a judge for the UK Lace Guild's triennial contest.
Elizabeth Trebble - With 40years experience, Elizabeth is an outstanding lace teacher of international status. She has researched and catalogued lace collections at RAMM, Sidmouth Museum and the Fashion and Costume Museum in Bath. Chair of Devon Lace teachers, she is and is committed to passing her knowledge and skills to new generations.
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

Tickets £30

1920s’ fashion

Short Course: Unflappable (1920s’ fashion)

  • 22 February 2020 1:30-4:30pm

Explore RAMM’s collection of 1920s’ fashion in this half day course.
This workshop will focus on dress in the 1920s, a time of change for women’s fashion in particular. Mrs Doreen Pavey kept examples of clothing worn by her mother, brother and sisters from the 1920s. Using the Pavey collection we will look at the influences of modernism, mass-production and the innovative use of new materials, such as rayon, on dress. There will also be the chance to see other garments from RAMM’s collection up close, including a stunning beaded evening dress.
Course Tutor: Shelley Tobin
Textiles and dress specialist, author and dress historian, Shelley has over 25years experience documenting, researching and taking costume to new audiences. She is the curator for RAMM’s extensive costume and textile collection and the National Trust costume curator at Killerton.
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

Tickets £30

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=tickets&perfCode=3517&ev=4198

Devon Lace

Short Course: An Introduction to Devon Lace

  • 21 March 2020 1:30-4:30pm

Bobbin and needlelace has been made in Devon since, at least, the early 17th century. It started as a cottage industry involving the wives, daughters and other females related to the local farm labourers and fishermen as a way of supplementing the family income.
This course aims to give an overview of the many varieties of Devon lace to include; Honiton, Devon Trolly, Branscombe Point, Colyton Chromatic, Kerswell and Woodbury Greek.
This workshop is in connection with ‘By Royal Appointment’ an exhibition that will focus on the people who made lace from the 18th to 20th centuries. Many of these lace-makers and manufacturers contributed to the Royal wardrobe, in particular wedding lace. The exhibition will showcase RAMM’s own lace collection by well-known East Devon manufacturers including Exeter based Charlotte Treadwin, Esther Clarke and the Wards of Honiton and John Tucker of Branscombe, all of whom were commissioned by the Royal Family.
Course Tutors: Carol McFadzean and Elizabeth Trebble
Carol McFadzean - Carol started lacemaking in 1985 and has exhibited her work internationally. She was Chair of Devon Lace Teachers for 10 years, and represented the UK in OIDFA (The International Bobbin and Needle Lace Organisation). Practitioner, researcher, author and lecturer of international standing, Carol was recently a judge for the UK Lace Guild's triennial contest.

Admission

Tickets £30

Website

https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=tickets&perfCode=3518&ev=4199

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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