Crowfoot Regalia to be handed over to Siksika Nation delegation during ceremony in Exeter

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Mon, 05/16/2022 - 12:44pm

Chief Ouray Crowfoot and a delegation from the Siksika Nation in Canada will take possession of sacred regalia in a handover event in Exeter on 19 May 2022.

The regalia and other belongings which has been housed in the Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery in Exeter since 1878, include a buckskin shirt, pair of leggings, a knife with feather bundle, two beaded bags and a horsewhip. These objects once belonged to Chief Crowfoot, an important late nineteenth-century Blackfoot leader.

Following a blessing at the museum, the regalia will be packed and returned to...

Love is in the air at Exeter’s museum

Museum visitor Joe proposed to his partner Dawn at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM) in December

Exmouth resident Joe McIntee got down on one knee and proposed to Dawn, now his fiancée, on the 21 December 2021 in the museum’s Geology gallery. RAMM was the location for their very first date, exactly two years ago to the day.

With the help of the RAMM team, Joe arranged to have a ring dangling from the tail of a 3D-printed model carnosaurus, his favourite dinosaur. The carnotaurus was hidden in the Geology case, ready for Dawn to find it and say 'Yes'. It was on their first...

Major exhibition on Devon’s links with transatlantic slavery to open at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery in January 2022

Exeter City Council’s Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery (RAMM) has announced a major new exhibition exploring the museum and Devon’s links with the Transatlantic Slave Trade in early 2022.

In Plain Sight: Transatlantic slavery and Devon will investigate aspects of Devon and Exeter’s relationship with the Transatlantic Slave Trade that are all around us, but for some remain ‘hidden in plain sight’. Using RAMM’s collections and the expertise of many contributors, it aims to shed light on this hidden history.

The exhibition is the result of research that began...

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is among the speakers at the official opening event in October

Back for 2021 - a new chapter for ExeLitFest

Momentum is gathering for a three-day literary event in Exeter later this year after a hiatus because of the pandemic. Last year’s Exeter Literary Festival sadly had to be shelved, but now ExeLitFest (as it’s known for short) is delighted to unveil this year’s programme and open the Box Office.

If you love reading or writing, it’s time to bookmark these dates in your diary - 5th to 7th November - because that's when the Festival is returning to town, bigger and better than ever. A veritable smorgasbord for lovers of all things literary!

ExeLit Fest is an inclusive event for...

Here’s to Thee – new art collaboration explores the rich ecology and culture behind cider making

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Thu, 10/08/2020 - 10:40pm

A fascinating and thought-provoking new collaboration will seek to uncover the complex ecology and cultures that surround the art of cider making.

Arts and Culture University of Exeter and the Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery (RAMM) have teamed up to launch a joint Arts Commission 2020-21 led by internationally-renowned artist, Simon Pope.

The project - called Here’s to Thee after the opening line of the traditional apple wassail – will see Pope collaborate with a team of creative practitioners, curators from RAMM and University of Exeter academics to explore...

Exeter City Council secures landmark museum ruling at Royal Courts of Justice

Exeter City Council has secured a landmark ruling over the rateable valuation of the city’s Grade II listed Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery (RAMM).

The decision will have a significant impact on the way many English and Welsh museums are valued in the future, especially those in similar listed buildings with high operating costs.

The case was brought by the Valuation Office as an appeal against a decision made by the Valuation Tribunal for England in August 2018, which set the rateable value of RAMM at £1 from April 2015.

The previous rateable...

Museum collections inspire new music

A Chinese gown, a giraffe and a collection of pocket watches are amongst the museum objects that have inspired the composers of new music which will be performed in the galleries at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter. The performance is part of the international Festival of Contemporary Music for All. Thirteen new pieces of music have been specially commissioned by the Devon Philharmonic Orchestra (DPO), whose players and singers will perform in small ensembles around the museum. The audience will walk through the galleries, choosing their route, and stopping to listen to the...

Fragile images of Devon on show for the first time in a century

Thousands of fragile and irreplaceable images of Devon have been preserved for future generations to see thanks to University of Exeter experts.

The shots – including famous locations in Exeter and Devon as they looked generations ago - are on view for the first time in a century after magic lantern slides were digitised.

The slides – hand-painted images on slides and photographic transparencies - were used in projectors, either in private homes or at public events in churches, town halls and schools to show images that would delight and enlighten audiences. They feature...

Experience sights of ancient Roman Exeter using virtual reality

People can step back in time and experience what it would have been like to live in Roman Exeter thanks to virtual reality.

The city’s rich history – and the treasures at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery – are now part of the hugely popular and addictive Minecraft game.

A new map shows what Exeter’s Roman fortress could have looked like and is available to download for free while playing Minecraft. This joins another map, also inspired by RAMM’s collections, designed to represent 18th-century Exeter when the city walls still stood.

Minecraft is...

RAMM strikes gold!

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Mon, 11/27/2017 - 10:22am

Exeter’s Royal Albert Memorial Museum has won Gold in the 2017 Devon Tourism Awards for Large Attraction. RAMM also scooped a Silver award for Access and Inclusivity and Bronze award for Artistic, Cultural and Learning Attraction.

The award ceremony was held in Plymouth Guildhall and hosted by travel commentator Simon Calder and special guest, Polar Explorer Anne Daniels. 76 awards were presented to winners from 25 categories, including recognition for restaurants, hotels, attractions, guided tours, holiday parks and many more.

Councillor Rachel Sutton, Portfolio Holder for...