Tagged with Yoruba

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]