Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM).
24th October 2013
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This month visitors can enjoy RAMM's landmark exhibition about the South West's considerable contribution to the Tudor Age along with a talks and activities that will shed further light on one of the most evocative periods of English history. The month starts with the opening of a new community exhibition, Essentially Me, and cooking related ephemera will go on display in the local collectors case: What Do You Collect?. Visitors can also meet with a delegation from the North American Blackfoot Nation, enjoy an evening at RAMM followed by a meal at Cote Brasserie, enjoy Tudor music at the priory, join the museum Friends for a talk about bottled water, join the RSPB in the birds gallery and enjoy poetry inspired by RAMM with Chudleigh Writers Group. Exhibitions and events are listed below, the latest exhibitions and displays are followed by activities and events in chronological order then on-going exhibitions and displays. New Exhibitions & Displays West Country to World's End: the South West in the Tudor Age 26 October 2013 to 2 March 2014 RAMM Galleries 20 and 21 Celebrating the spirit of adventure and enterprise of South West people, this landmark exhibition explores the West Country in the age of the Tudors. Comprising loans from the Bodleian Library, British Library, British Museum, National Portrait Gallery, National Trust, Royal Collection, Royal Museums Greenwich, Victoria & Albert Museum and private lenders, it presents a compelling account of the remarkable contributions of individuals from the South West from 1540 to 1620. During the Elizabethan Golden Age West Country folk were famed for their innovation and endeavour. Drake sailed to World's End in pursuit of treasure and glory, while Raleigh took settlers to a New World. Exeter-born painter Nicholas Hilliard and scholar Thomas Bodley found fame beyond their native city which bustled with merchants made rich by overseas trade. Goldsmiths, plasterers, carpenters, masons and lacemakers were commissioned to provide luxury houses and goods. These local stories are told against the backdrop of historical events â the Reformation and religious turmoil, political unrest, conflict with Spain and intrigues in the Royal Court's that make for one of the most evocative periods of English history. The exhibition has been made possible through the support of Arts Council England and The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art. It is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue available from RAMM during the exhibition at the special price of £14.95. From time to time the galleries will be closed for special events;please check before travelling, phone: 01392 265858 

Essentially Me! 1 November to 1 December RAMM Gallery 22 Share in the wonder that objects and their stories can arouse. Inspired by the early Cabinets of Curiosity, local people display their own collections of objects to represent their lives, past and present, and their aspirations for the future. In creating these displays, Exeter's Youth Inclusion and Support Team, young people, parents, carers and others discovered how objects and their stories can help connect us to other times and places, understand how our world became the place it is and help us find our own place in it. What objects would tell the story of your life? 

What do you Collect? Cooking the Books 5 November to 2 February RAMM Finders Keepers? gallery One manâs collection of cookery books and food related ephemera, amassed in his quest to find out more about our culinary and food history. What do you Collect? Do you have a collection that you would like to exhibit? Email RAMM@exeter.gov.uk.

Activities and Events Family Activity: Printer's Devil Friday 1 November, 10.30am to 12.30pm and 1.30 to 3.30pm, drop in, admission charged. St Nicholas Priory, The Mint, off Fore Street, Exeter EX4 3BL The development of printing was as vital to the Tudors as computers are to us. It revolutionised the information available to the common man. Explore the stories of Tyndale and Coverdale and create prints of your own. All children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Some activities are messy so do wear clothes that can get dirty. If an activity is busy there may be a short wait. Admission charged: adults £4, children £1.50, families £10, concessions available. Part of the Family Arts Festival, 18 October to 3 November 2013, the first UK-wide festival of art events which are designed with families in mind. Supported by Guildhall Shopping Centre â Kingdon/Silver Business Club Member.

Lunchtime lecture: Portraits of Elizabethan Explorers Wednesday 6 November, 1 to 2pm, £6 (£4) RAMM Meeting Room A Dr Jane Eade, Associate Curator at the National Portrait Gallery, explores the diverse imagery of legendary adventurers such as Walter Raleigh and Francis Drake. 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 Worldâs End: gallery conversation Wednesday 13 November, 1 to 2pm and 3 to 4pm, £6 (£4) RAMM Galleries 20 and 21 Meet Professor Sam Smiles, one of the exhibition's curators, for a tour around the exhibition. 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 14 November, 11am to 12 noon, £7 (£5) St Nicholas Priory, The Mint, off Fore Street, Exeter EX4 3BL Take a tour of one of Exeterâs best kept secrets, an Elizabethan town house furnished in 1602 style based on evidence from inventories and archaeology. 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 14 November, 11am to 4pm, free, drop in. Wildlife tours 11am and 2pm. RAMM's In Fine Feather gallery 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.

Friends lunchtime lecture: Bottled water what's in it for you? Tuesday 19 November, 1.10pm, £3 RAMM Meeting Room A Dr John D Mather, Emeritus Professor of Geology, University of London, will explain what is in bottled water and how it varies. Most bottled water is groundwater whose composition results from the interaction of rainwater and the rocks through which it flows. The talk will show how you can interpret the analyses provided on bottle labels and encourage you to become a more discerning water consumer. It will also look at the packaging used to persuade you to buy a particular brand. 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. The Friends support the museum with financial help towards acquisitions and conservation: www.exeter.gov.uk/friends.

Musical events: Jolly Rumbelows! Tuesday 19 November, 3 to 4.30pm, £6 (£5). Candlelit performance, 7 to 9pm £10 (£8) St Nicholas Priory, The Mint, off Fore Street, Exeter EX4 3BL Listen to lively 16th- and 17th-century entertainment by Renaissance music group Piva in the period setting of St Nicholas Priory. Mulled wine and Tudor nibbles will be available during the evening candlelit performance. 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.

Afternoon lecture: Uncovering Crowfoot Sunday 24 November, 2 to 4pm, free but ticketed RAMM Garden Meeting Room A Official representatives of the Blackfoot Nation of Canada will be visiting RAMM to offer their knowledge about sacred regalia held by the museum. This is the first time it has been accessed by the Blackfoot Nation in 130 years. It is special because it was once owned by Isapo-muxika (Crow Indian's Big Foot or Crowfoot) an important Blackfoot leader at a time when Canada was being created using their land. Through colonial hands the regalia was sold to the museum in 1904. This lecture will present a Blackfoot history of Crowfoot and the effects this has on Blackfoot people today. This lecture and a broader review of RAMM's Blackfoot collection with the active participation of representatives from Blackfoot Nations in Canada and the USA were made possible by a grant from the Leverhulme Trust. 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.

Lunchtime demonstration: Recreating Real People Tuesday 26 November, 1 to 3pm, £6 (£4) RAMM Meeting Room A and Galleries 20 and 21 Past Pleasures specialise in interpreting history through costumed character re-creation. Find out how they have researched and constructed a personality from the exhibition and meet them in the gallery for a short performance. 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.

Thursday Night Late at RAMM Thursday 28 November, 5.30 to 7.30pm+, £5 or £15 with meal RAMM then Cote Brasserie Enjoy an exclusive evening viewing RAMM's displays and a glass of prosecco. If you wish to dine afterwards you can treat yourselves to a two course meal at Cote Brasserie from 7.30pm. RAMM ticket includes entry to RAMM and a glass of prosecco. Combined ticket includes entry to RAMM, a glass of prosecco and a two course meal at Cote Brasserie, Cathedral Yard, Exeter. 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.

RAMM in Poetry and Prose Saturday 30 November, 10.30am to 12.30pm, £6 (£4) RAMM Garden Meeting Room Members of Chudleigh Writers's Circle will share extracts from their latest anthology, Rammblings, which was inspired by RAMM, and afterwards take participants to see the objects which sparked the book. 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.

Ongoing Exhibitions & Displays Exeter s Fine Art 6 April to 24 November RAMM Gallery 5 A display of paintings including works by Robert Bevan, Charles Ginner and Samuel Palmer from RAMM's fine art collection. A century ago in 1913, Applehayes Farm at Clayhidon on the Devon-Somerset border belonged to Harold Harrison, a retired rancher from Argentina. Harrison, became friends with the Camden Town Artists Group whilst a London art student and from 1910 onwards he invited the members to visit his farm, amongst them Spencer Gore, Charles Ginner and Robert Bevan. Bevan, in particular, was inspired by the East Devon landscape and returned regularly until 1920. RAMM is commemorating this centenary with a display of its important 1913 paintings by both Bevan and Ginner. Samuel Palmer was one of the most original and influential artists of the 19th century and is famously associated with Shoreham in Kent. However, in later life he was arguably more inspired by the scenery of Devon than any other. With the help of the V&A Purchase Grant Fund and the Friends of the Museum, RAMM has recently acquired one of Palmer's important late watercolours, After the Storm, 1861. This large scale exhibition work is an imaginary shipwreck scene based on the coastline around the Valley of the Rocks near Lynmouth and will be on public display in Exeter for the very first time. The images in this exhibition are available to buy on a range of products. Visit our prints website: http://prints.rammuseum.org.uk From time to time the galleries will be closed for special events; please check before travelling, phone: 01392 265858.

Coded Clothes 27 April to 8 December RAMM World Cultures gallery This display shows a special selection of adornments from RAMM's World Cultures collection. All over the world people strive to transform and beautify their bodies with permanent and temporary adornment. For many communities it is an integral expression of the traditions, nationality, status and spirituality through which people define their personal identity and place in society. For others, it's to attain an ideal of beauty promoted by their society, or to deliberately reject that ideal in order to pursue individuality.

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