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Ndungu, Isca: Cedar Lewisohn

Ndungu, Isca Exhibition by Cedar Lewisohn – Friday 12 May – Saturday 1 July 2017 Ndungu, Isca is the solo work of British artist and writer Cedar Lewisohn. His exhibition is held at the Phoenix Arts Centre in Exeter and includes examples of printmaking, drawing, video and bookworks. Cedar likes to explore cultural narratives from various […]

Two paintings discovered in archive

Two paintings discovered in archive   When collection research is mentioned please do not think that this is just a finite activity. Questions leads to answers and more questions. Here is one recent example of two discovered paintings and the research is part of the Designated-funded Africa project.   Nancy Stanfield   One of our […]

Donors and collections: Arnold Riley

Donors and collections: Arnold Riley Any externally funded project needs to demonstrate not only value for money but also the benefit to the public. This can be long term and achieved in a number of ways. RAMM’s first Discovering Worlds project opened up the Pacific collections. A large effort was made to better understand donors […]

Henry Townsend letters

Opening up the history of the Reverend Henry Townsend On Monday, RAMM had the pleasure of meeting Benjamina Efua Dadzie (@African_italian), an anthropology post-graduate from the Sainsbury Research Unit. Her visit was to help RAMM open up the history of an important donor; Reverend Henry Townsend (1815 – 1886). Exeter-born Townsend joined the Church Missionary […]

A curator looking at textiles in London

A curator looking at textiles in London As part of RAMM’s Discovering Worlds: Africa project, Dr. Julie Hudson as a lead curator of the Africa collections at the British Museum (a key project partner) was invited to examine and interpret all of the woven Nigerian textiles in the ethnography collection. The majority of these textiles had been acquired by colonial officers who had been based […]

The role of women on display

The role of women on display by Rebecca Vicary-Smith   Within the World Cultures Gallery there are many different types of craft presented, but the processes behind them are less obvious. Specifically, the role of women in these production processes. Many indigenous cultures are patriarchies (societies in which men hold power) and therefore the prestigious […]

A closer look at South Africa

A closer look at South Africa At the beginning of November, RAMM was visited by two scholars. Their presence was part of the Designation-funded Africa project to explore a sizeable collection of museum objects from South Africa. Much of this material was beadwork that had been acquired during the early 19th century. Unfortunately, early descriptions of […]

Masks and masking

Masks and masking  by volunteer Rebecca Vicary-Smith   Masks assume a variety of roles and they are present in every society in one form or another. Masks are worn primarily as part of a costume or they can be used as a method of defence. The primary purpose of the masking tradition is to hide the wearer’s […]

Lantana bead collection

Lantana Beads by volunteer Rebecca Vicary-Smith Very recently RAMM received a generous donation of Lantana beads from Dr. Ann O’Hear.  Lantana beads are West African red stone beads. They are typically made from red jasper, banded agate, chalcedony or carnelian. These beads are made by Yoruba artisans within Ilorin, in south-western Nigeria. Items from this collection […]

Researching Africa collections

Researching RAMM’s Africa collections Dr. Zachary Kingdon spent four days at RAMM last week examining a small number of items from Central and West Africa.  Dr. Kingdon is the Curator of the Africa collections at the World Museum, Liverpool.  He was born and raised in Africa and was taught to carve in wood by Makonde artists.               […]