24th October 2013
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A new exhibition starting at Exeter’s Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM) on Friday 1 November shows how the city’s collections can help people understand themselves and their place in the world.

Exeter’s Youth Inclusion and Support Team, young people, parents, carers and others have created the exhibition, calling it Essentially Me! Inspired by the early Cabinets of Curiosity, they display their own collections of objects to represent their lives, past and present, and their aspirations for the future.

Just as objects are at the very heart of the museum experience, their chosen objects are at the heart of their own personal experiences. Kristine chose flowers preserved using her mothers press. Crystal chose musical references as she loves music almost as much as much as she loves her phone. Each object has many stories to tell, each story tempered its context and by the visitors’ own knowledge and experiences.

Essentially Me! offers visitors a window into the lives of others and a chance to reflect on what objects would tell the story of their life. The exhibition can be seen in Gallery 22 at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum from 1 November to 1 December.

Entry is free.

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