January exhibitions and events at Exeter’s Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM)
20th December 2013
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This month visitors to Exeter's Royal Albert Memorial Museum can enjoy exhibitions about the South West's considerable contribution to the Tudor Age, Fine Art and contemporary wood engravings. Accompanying talks include a keynote lecture on Queen Elizabeth I's perilous path to the throne by Britain's top-selling female author, Alison Weir. The New Year also sees the start of art and design courses and family art classes Activities, courses and special events are listed below, followed by on-going exhibitions and displays. Family Activities at RAMM: Little Explorer Classes Thursday 9 January, 10.30 to 11.30am, £5 (siblings £2.50). Tickets from Creation Station. Meeting Room A, Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Exeter Collections inspired art and craft sessions for under fives with Creation Station. A chance for under fives to take a journey of discovery and make collections inspired creations. Parents, grandparents and carers can enjoy quality time with their little ones in a friendly, social environment. Contact Erin Blake in advance: Tel 0844 824 4534, Mob 07925653942 or email erinblake@thecreationstation.co.uk. Lunchtime lecture: In Bed with the Queen - Elizabeth I and the politics of intimacy Wednesday 8 January, 1 to 2pm, £6 (£4) Meeting Room A, Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Exeter With Dr Anna Whitelock, Senior Lecturer in early modern history at Royal Holloway, University of London. Elizabeth I acceded to the throne in 1558. At the heart of the new queens court lay Elizabeth's bedchamber, closely guarded by the favoured women who helped her dress, looked after her jewels and shared her bed. This lecture explores the politics of intimacy, sexual slander, conspiracy and suspicion which centred on the Queen's body and her bedchamber. This lecture accompanies RAMM's landmark exhibition, West Country to Worlds End: The South West in the Tudor Age. Tickets 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. West Country to World's End: gallery conversation Wednesday 15 January, 1 to 2pm and 3 to 4pm, £6 (£4) Galleries 20 and 21, Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Exeter Join Professor Sam Smiles, one of the exhibition curators and a specialist in the history of British art, for a tour around the exhibition, West Country to World's End: The South West in the Tudor Age. Tickets 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. St Nicholas Priory Guided Tours Thursday 16 January, 11am to 12 noon, £7 (£5) St Nicholas Priory, The Mint, off Fore Street, Exeter EX4 3BL Take a tour of one of Exeter's best kept secrets, an Elizabethan town house furnished in 1602 style based on evidence from inventories and archaeology - organised to accompany RAMM's landmark exhibition, West Country to World's End: The South West in the Tudor Age. Tickets 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. Family Activities at RAMM: Little Explorer Classes Thursday 16 January, 10.30 to 11.30am, £5 (siblings £2.50). Tickets from Creation Station. Meeting Room A, Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Exeter Collections inspired art and craft sessions for under fives with Creation Station. A chance for under fives to take a journey of discovery and make collections inspired creations. Parents, grandparents and carers can enjoy quality time with their little ones in a friendly, social environment. Contact Erin Blake in advance: Tel 0844 824 4534, Mob 07925653942 or email erinblake@thecreationstation.co.uk. WEA course at RAMM: Pattern Design for Fashion, Art and Textiles Starting Tuesday 21 January, 10am to 1pm, £66 Meeting Room A, Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Exeter Each week tutor Nicci Wonnacott will focus on a different area of RAMMs collection to widen understanding of pattern and design. Sketching from the collections, participants will develop ideas through colour and form and build a portfolio of patterns and textiles designs from which to create new and exciting surfaces. Six Tuesday meetings from 21 Jan 2014 to 25 Feb 2014, no half term. Advance bookings from www.wea-sw.org.uk, T 01392 457300. Free for those in receipt of means tested benefit. Course reference: C3524771. WEA course at RAMM: Drawing from the Museum's Collections Starting Tuesday 21 January s 1.30 to 3.30pm, £44 Meeting Room A, Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Exeter By examining some of RAMMs collections, tutor Nicci Wonnacott will take a journey discussing and considering the historical, geographical and creative ideas that tell the story of the objects. Participants will then respond through drawing to create a sketchbook and develop mixed media art works. A different area of the collection will be featured each week. Six Tuesday meetings from 21 Jan to 25 Feb, no Half Term. Advance bookings from www.wea-sw.org.uk, T 01392 457300. Free for those in receipt of means tested benefit. Course reference: C3524772. WEA course at RAMM: Developing Ideas from Pattern Design from the Museum's Collections Starting Wednesday 22 January, 10am to 1pm, £66 Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter, EX4 3LS An opportunity to develop ideas and transform them into art works or objects in a creative studio environment with tutorial support and the sharing of ideas. Work in colour and mixed media to expand drawings into exciting new designs. Six Wednesday meetings from 22 Jan to 26 Feb, no Half Term Advance bookings from www.wea-sw.org.uk, T 01392 457300. Free for those in receipt of means tested benefit. Course reference: C3524773 WEA course at RAMM: Developing Ideas from Drawing from the Museum's Collections Starting Wednesday 22 January, 1.30 to 3.30pm, £44 Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter, EX4 3LS An opportunity to develop ideas and transform them into art works or objects in a creative studio environment with tutorial support and the sharing of ideas. Work in colour and mixed media to expand drawings into exciting new designs. Six Wednesday meetings from 22 Jan to 26 Feb, no Half Term. Advance bookings from www.wea-sw.org.uk, T 01392 457300. Free for those in receipt of means tested benefit. Course reference: C3524774 Lunchtime lecture: The Houses and Household Goods of Elizabethan Exeter Wednesday 22 January, 1 to 2pm, £6 (£4). Meeting Room A, Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Exeter John Allan, Exeter Cathedral Archaeologist and RAMMâs former Curator of Antiquities, will illustrate how well-preserved inventories and the mass of archaeological evidence accumulated in Exeter build up a clear picture of the city's Elizabethan homes. This lecture accompanies RAMMâs landmark exhibition, West Country to World's End: The South West in the Tudor Age. Tickets 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. Chat about the Birds Thursday 23 January, 11am to 4pm, free, drop in. Wildlife tours 11am and 2pm. In Fine Feather gallery, Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Exeter Meet and talk with local bird experts from the RSPB and join them for a 20-30 minute walk around RAMM to see the wildlife on display and hear news of wildlife conservation. Tours start at 11am and 2pm. Family Activities at RAMM: Little Explorer Classes Thursday 23 January, 10.30 to 11.30am, £5 (siblings £2.50). Tickets from Creation Station. Meeting Room A, Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Exeter Collections inspired art and craft sessions for under fives with Creation Station. A chance for under fives to take a journey of discovery and make collections inspired creations. Parents, grandparents and carers can enjoy quality time with their little ones in a friendly, social environment. Contact Erin Blake in advance: Tel 0844 824 4534, Mob 07925653942 or email erinblake@thecreationstation.co.uk. Lunchtime lecture: Wood Engravings Wednesday 29 January, 1 to 2pm, £6 (£4) Meeting Room A, Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Exeter Wood engraver Hilary Paynter provides an account of her response to the changing world that is deeply rooted in the landscape â accompanying the exhibition Awake Through Years: Four Southwest Wood Engravers. Tickets 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. Keynote evening lecture: The Lady Elizabeth - the Virgin Queenâs Perilous Path to the Throne Thursday 30 January, 5.30 to 9pm, £12 (£10) Galleries 20 and 21, Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Exeter, followed by the Devonshire Suite at the Thistle Rougemont Hotel, Queen Street With Britainâs top-selling female historian Alison Weir: Start your evening with a viewing of RAMMâs landmark exhibition West Country to World's End between 5.30 and 7.15pm, followed by author Alison Weir's keynote lecture at 7.30pm at the Thistle Rougemont Hotel where she will discuss the events and circumstances that shaped a great queen. Elizabeth I's genius and statesmanship were, in no small measure, the product of her turbulent childhood and youth. Elizabeth was meant to be the son that Henry VIII urgently needed. Declared a bastard at only two years of age after her mother Anne Boleyn had been beheaded, and disinherited, she was to face loss, scandal, accusations of treason and imprisonment. Yet she survived them all and, at the age of 25, triumphantly ascended the throne of England. Tickets 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. Family Activities at RAMM: Little Explorer Classes Thursday 30 January, 10.30 to 11.30am, £5 (siblings £2.50). Tickets from Creation Station. Meeting Room A, Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Exeter Collections inspired art and craft sessions for under fives with Creation Station. A chance for under fives to take a journey of discovery and make collections inspired creations. Parents, grandparents and carers can enjoy quality time with their little ones in a friendly, social environment. Contact Erin Blake in advance: Tel 0844 824 4534, Mob 07925653942 or email erinblake@thecreationstation.co.uk.

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