Tongan Team Takes Time Out
23rd September 2015
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Accompanied by the Cllr Lesley Robson the Deputy Lord Mayor and the city mace bearer, they visited Exeter quay, enjoyed tea on the Cathedral Green and visited the museum. Welcomed by the Museum Manager Camilla Hampshire and Curator of Ethnography Tony Eccles, their tour of the museum included RAMM’s Oceania displays in the World Cultures galleries, Touch-Line, the exhibition of photographs by Michelle Sank recording Rugby culture in Devon and Exeter in the lead up to RWC 2015, and a special RWC 2015 display of Tongan art.

The Art of Tonga display includes bark cloths and clubs that were presented to Captain Cook during his world voyages in the late 18th century and are now part of the museum's collection.

Tonga’s next game is against Namibia at Exeter’s Sandy Park Stadium on Tuesday 29 September.


Pictures by Matt Austin

  • Exeter Chiefs player Elvis Vaea Taione
  • Exeter Chiefs player Elvis Vaea Taione with compatriots in the Tonga Rugby Union team, Curator of Ethnography Tony Eccles and conservator Sarah Klopf.
  • Tonga team and families visit RAMM
  • Relaxing at RAMM


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Stunning displays reveal Devon and Exeter’s rich history and global connections. Exotic animals, birds and insects delight children and a changing programme of exhibitions and events means there is likely to be something different to see on every visit. Free entry gives everyone the freedom to visit many times and to stay any length of time.
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