World Cultures Category

Over-modelled skull update

Arnold Riley’s donation of an over-modelled skull: an update by Freya Jones Since Kristin’s 2015 post – which probably posed more questions than answers about the creation and acquisition of RAMM’s over-modelled skulls – a wealth of new information has been found on our specimen (1) from Fly River in Papua New Guinea.   Records have […]

Stories About Repatriations – a comic

Stories about Repatriations: Journeys to complete the work   Comics are not just cool, they are an effective communicating tool.   Stories about Repatriations: Journeys to complete the work issue 1 was released in November 2017 and is the work of American anthropologists Sonya Atalay and Jen Shannon, and illustrator John G. Swogger.   Stories […]

DCMS Wolfson grant for World Cultures

Last year in 2017, RAMM successfully received a grant of £190,000 from DCMS Wolfson to make physical improvements to the World Cultures gallery. This scheme is to be completed by April this year and includes the installation of a ventilation system, track lighting and three new display cases. Why are these things needed? For those […]

Oceania exhibition at the Royal Academy of Art

Oceania – at the Royal Academy of Art, London   29 September – 10 December 2018   The Royal Albert Memorial Museum is very fortunate to loan a very rare Pacific costume to the Oceania exhibition at the Royal Academy of Art in London later this year.   Oceania marks 250 years since Captain Cook’s […]

Rediscovered voices – online distance learning

Rediscovered Voices: the testimony of artefacts from territories of the British Empire Rediscovered Voices is the title of a new online distance learning course available to the public. It was created jointly by the University of Exeter and the Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery. The course is different in that brings two subjects together: […]

New finds from Henry Townsend letters

New finds from Henry Townsend letters by Benjamina Efua Dadzie I had the pleasure of visiting the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in late February. This was to become familiar with the objects Reverend Henry Townsend donated to RAMM, as part of the work I am doing for my dissertation. With my research, I intend to shed […]

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 […]