Tagged with RAMM

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 […]

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: […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Aborigine cricketing discovery at RAMM

Cricket fans will be interested to learn of a recent discovery made at RAMM last week.  Does the name W.R. Hayman ring any bells?  On 29 October 1868, Hayman donated a small collection of Aboriginal items from Australia; a boomerang, a hand club, two spear throwers, two spears, two parrying sticks, three throwing clubs and two […]