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Traducción en español

Following on from the Designation-funded translation work conducted by the University of Exeter in 2018, Rebekah Jones has provided a Spanish translation of all the primary display case panels for the World Cultures gallery. With thanks to Rebekah Jones, Guillem Colom-Montero and Michelle Bolduc.   Please click on the links below to access the translation […]

The appropriation of culture

Appropriation or appreciation? Why commodifying other cultures is problematic.   by Will Silcox, 2nd year anthropology undergraduate at the University of Exeter   While doing research for the Nomads: Homes on the Move exhibition, I found myself searching for a variety of tents, yurts, chooms, tipis and other structures on the internet. What struck me […]

Nomadic peoples under pressure – the Baka of Cameroon

“The Forest Used To Be For The Baka, But Not Anymore” [1] by Will Silcox, 2nd year anthropology undergraduate at the University of Exeter   The idea of symbiosis between society and the environment is often portrayed as an unreachable goal in the UK. Dependence on fossil fuels for transport, single use plastic, and intensively […]

Restitution: A View from the Regions

                              Restitution: A View from the Regions   National and university museums have tended to dominate public and sectoral debate regarding museums and their role in the restitution and repatriation of cultural property and yet, as all MEG members know, regional […]

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 recovered, and the thief wasn’t caught.   Page 1 reads as follows Exeter City Police   Detective […]

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 […]

The ban on the sale of ivory

What to do if you’re thinking of offering ivory to the Royal Albert Memorial Museum   Please do NOT: send RAMM ivory, or items containing ivory, in the post or drop off items at the museum reception. They will not be accepted. RAMM is not a depository for unwanted ivory.   Please DO: speak to […]

Italian translation of gallery text

This Designation-funded work was conducted with the University of Exeter. RAMM would like to thank Michelle Bolduc, Natalia Mudd, Marian de Biasi, Raphael Werner, Marina Altoe’, Tamara Phillip and Bi Xiaolong.   Visitors can now access an Italian translation of the Africa and Pacific primary panel text in the World Cultures gallery. This is a text […]

Russian translation of gallery text

This Designation-funded work was conducted with the University of Exeter. RAMM would like to thank Michelle Bolduc, Natalia Mudd, Marian de Biasi, Raphael Werner, Marina Altoe’, Tamara Phillip and Bi Xiaolong.   Visitors can now access a Russian translation of the Africa and Pacific primary panel text in the World Cultures gallery. This is a text […]

German translation of gallery text

This Designation-funded work was conducted with the University of Exeter. RAMM would like to thank Michelle Bolduc, Natalia Mudd, Marian de Biasi, Raphael Werner, Marina Altoe’, Tamara Phillip and Bi Xiaolong.   Visitors can now access a German translation of the Africa and Pacific primary panel text in the World Cultures gallery. This is a text […]