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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.               […]

A modern Amazon and its effects

A modern Amazon and its effects   Guest blog by volunteer Sam Garner.   The modern world is destroying the Amazon rainforest and the indigenous peoples who reside there.   Amazon Indian cultures are subject to Western influence.  They have done for hundreds of years.  Within RAMM’s World Cultures gallery are a couple of notable examples.  These […]

Re-display update

Re-display update – Discovering Worlds project                       Visitors making their way through the first floor galleries in RAMM will have noticed a large section of the World Cultures gallery has been blocked off with tall blue-painted hoarding (see image below left). Blue hoarding The Discovering Worlds […]

Project partners: the benefits

Project partners: what are the benefits Last week, as part of the Discovering Worlds project I visited the Sainsbury Research Unit (SRU) at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts.  This brief sabbatical had four aims; To meet up with current project partners to discuss updates on collection information. To use the research library so that I can start […]

50 shades of brown

50 shades of brown Over the last year we have seen a number of team mates help to develop the Discovering Worlds project.  This includes a wide variety of essential tasks including the processing of object information of the collection database, taking measurements of objects and photography. The example on the left hand side shows former team mate […]

New display work

The display cases that will show objects from the island cultures of the Pacific Ocean (a vast region we call Oceania) are about to be transformed.  We have already taken down the objects from this part of the gallery so these cases look empty.  All of the objects have been taken down and were safely removed to the on-site […]

Curating Human Remains in the UK conference

Curating Human Remains in the UK conference Wednesday – 20 January 2016   Wills Memorial Building, University of Bristol The Curating Human Remains in UK Museums workshop in 2014 highlighted a sectoral need and professional interest in building confidence in curating human remains.  In response to this need, the Natural Science Collections Association (NatSCA), the Museums […]

When is a banana not a banana? Part 1

This is the story of a mystery object.  It’s also an important lesson in valuing/ preserving historic museum documentation.   The Discovering Worlds project aims to open up RAMM’s Pacific collection by applying new academic research and transforming the new gallery with this information.  One item that has come to light is described as a ‘preserved banana‘ and it’s […]

New Fiji exhibition in Plymouth

Fiji: Ocean connections Plymouth City Museum & Art Gallery – free admission 10 October 2015 – 16 January 2016 This newly-developed world cultures exhibition will explore the surprising connections between Plymouth and Polynesia.  Over a hundred artefacts from the Pacific island of Fiji have travelled to the Museum since the late 1800s. This exhibition will […]