This winter’s major
exhibition Whatever the Weather has a lively mix of historical paintings and prints, artifacts, archives and the work of contemporary artists, the exhibition exposes humanity’s relationship to the elements.
December events and exhibitions are listed in chronological order.
Tuesday 1 December, 6.30 to 7.30pm, £12 (£10)
As a world leader in providing weather and climate services, the Met Office employs more than 1,700 people at 60 locations around the world. It is recognised as one of the world's most accurate forecasters and is at the forefront of climate research. But have you ever wondered just what goes on behind the scenes at the Met Office? Helen Chivers, Head of News and Social Media, will give a personal view of the Met Office, from working in the forecasting centres around the UK to the challenging role of heading up the press office. Helen was a Met Office operational meteorologist for 20 years, producing forecasts and advice for a wide range of customers, from telecoms companies laying cables across the Pacific and Caribbean, to supermarket chains and the general public. Helen was the weather presenter for BBC South for 10 years. She has written the Shipping Forecast, supplied forecasts for around the world balloon flights and ascents of Everest.
Part of the programme events developed with the Met Office and the National Trust for the exhibition Whatever the Weather, 21 November 2015 to 10 Apr 2016 at RAMM.
Tuesday 8 December, 11am to 3pm, Free. Drop in
Following the bombing of the German cathedral city of Lübeck in March 1942, Hitler launched reprisal attacks on a number of England’s most beautiful, but strategically unimportant cities. The Luftwaffe raid of 4 May 1942 was to change the face of Exeter forever.
Explore and handle authentic and replica Second World War objects in the Making History gallery.
Tuesday 8 December, 1.10 to 2.15pm, £6 Tickets available from 13 October
Angelique Richardson, Associate Professor of English at the University of Exeter, will explore ways in which Thomas Hardy took up aspects of science in his novels and poetry. Considering his definition of science and its role in fiction, this lecture will focus in particular on his novels of the 1870s and 1880s.
Organised by Friends of Exeter Museums & Art Gallery, registered charity no. 306649. The Friends support the museum with financial help towards acquisitions and conservation. www.exeter.gov.uk/friends, E email@example.com.
Thursday 10 December, 11am to 12noon, £5
Join a 60-minute tour of our Local History collection, which includes the Archaeology of Devon, from Roman and medieval times, through to Exeter in the Second World War.
All tours of RAMM’s galleries are available for private group bookings: contact or 01392 265984.
Thursday 10 December, 10.30am to 12.30pm, £15 (includes visitor plus companion)
This tour is for people with memory problems and their families and carers. The session begins with refreshments. The tour will look at the exhibition Whatever the Weather, which uses objects and artworks from RAMM and the National Trust to reflect how storms have shaped our environment and our imagination. An illustrated information sheet is available to take home and carry on the conversation.
These events are part of RAMM’s programme of Living Each Season dementia-friendly activities. They are suitable for people with mild to moderate memory problems, accompanied by a friend, relative or carer. Numbers are limited, so to ensure the best possible experience, please book in advance. Limited disabled parking is available. Tickets should be booked in advance and presented at the Garden reception.
The museum uses its treasure trove of objects to provoke thoughts and spark conversations, whether it’s touching a 1,600-year-old Roman tile, standing next to a totem pole, taking a long look at a painting of Dartmoor, or making tropical butterflies. RAMM’s dementia-friendly activities are inspired by groundbreaking programme at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Tuesday 29 December, 11am to 3pm, Free. Drop in
Following the bombing of the German cathedral city of Lübeck in March 1942, Hitler launched reprisal attacks on a number of England’s most beautiful, but strategically unimportant cities. The Luftwaffe raid of 4 May 1942 was to change the face of Exeter forever. Explore and handle authentic and replica Second World War objects with volunteer guides in the Making History Gallery
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