Tagged with Nigeria

Historic theft at RAMM

Within the Museum’s historic archive there exists a letter from the Exeter City Police dated 1st December 1912. Written by the city’s Chief Constable, the letter lists a number of artefacts that were stolen from the gallery. Many of these items were never found and the culprits eluded justice.   Page 1 reads as follows Exeter City Police   […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Guest post – Spotlight on a Yoruba carved figure

As part of Grand Challenges 2015, a group of University of Exeter students have been working with the World Cultures collection. They have researched and digitised two objects from the collection, creating additional interpretive material and making two short films about the objects. One of the objects they researched is a Yoruba carved figure from Nigeria; the […]

Guest Post – Spotlight on a Yoruba gelede mask

As part of Grand Challenges 2015, a group of University of Exeter students have been working with the World Cultures collection. They have researched and digitised two objects from the collection, creating additional interpretive material and making two short films about the objects. One of the objects they researched is a Yoruba gelede mask from […]