RAMM’s 150th anniversary
In 2018, the Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery celebrated a very special anniversary. 150 years ago, a new museum opened in Exeter, known then as the ‘Albert Memorial Museum, School of Art and Science and Free Library’. To celebrate RAMM’s 150th Anniversary, we recreated some of the events that took place in 1868, and we added some new ones. In 1868 the opening of the museum was celebrated with a concert; so as part of the celebrations in April 2018 Exeter’s EMG Symphony Orchestra performed a museum-inspired programme at Exeter Cathedral. Our Carnival of the Animals was a new interpretation of the parade that took place on the day of the opening. We also had exhibitions, a new children’s book about RAMM, a celebratory concert series, special merchandise, high profile speakers and an art commission. RAMM’s newly refurbished World Cultures galleries also reopened in May. And finally, RAMM teamed up with Exeter Brewery to launch a special 150th anniversary beer – Albert’s Ale. We invited everyone in Exeter to join with us in this spectacular celebration.