Autumn events and exhibitions
13 September 2021
What’s coming up at RAMM this autumn?
From the Natural History Museum’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year, to contemporary art commissions from Amy Shelton and Michelle Sank, to the British Museum’s Spotlight Loan: A Ming Emperor’s seat; there’s so much to see and do at RAMM this autumn.
More exhibitions and events will be added, including half-term activities, so check back regularly!
All exhibitions are free unless otherwise stated.
A British Museum Spotlight Loan: A Ming Emperor’s seat
10 Aug to 21 Nov, World Cultures Gallery
A Ming Emperor’s seat is a beautiful glazed blue and white garden seat dating from the Ming dynasty (1368–1644). The loan celebrates the tenth anniversary of the arrival of the Sir Percival David Collection at the British Museum. Sir Percival David (1892-1964) built up the collection of 1,700 objects between 1914 and 1960, and it is considered to be one of the finest collections of Chinese ceramics in the world.
RAMM is delighted to display the seat as part of the British Museum’s National Programmes, marking the first time that the seat has been loaned to other museums in the UK. Find out more.
Amy Shelton: Biophilia – The Exeter Florilegium
Sat 18 Sep to Sun 21 Nov, Gallery 20
Amy Shelton’s Biophilia: The Exeter Florilegium is RAMM’s Covid-19 commission. Building on her environmental practice, Shelton’s artwork includes a herbarium of pressed plant specimens compiled on her daily lockdown walks in Exeter during Spring and Summer 2020. It also includes flower contributions from staff and patients from the Royal Devon & Exeter hospital, and specimens from the gardens of people self-isolating. Find out more.
Michelle Sank: Breathe
Sat 18 Sep to Sun 21 Nov, Gallery 20
Created by internationally-acclaimed photographer Michelle Sank, Breathe is an exhibition of work that documents the first Covid-19 lockdown in the Wonford area of Exeter.
This series is a poignant visual record of individual and shared experiences of social isolation under lockdown. It explores how people negotiated their own predicaments, their relationships to each other, as well as their interaction with private and nearby public spaces. Find out more.
Naomi Frears: In Other Words
14 Sep to 7 Nov, Courtyard Case
Commissioned to complement her solo exhibition ‘Men Falling’ at Exeter Phoenix, In Other Words is a new film commission by Naomi Frears, exploring the expressive and communicative qualities of sleeves and arms. Find out more.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year
25 Sep 2021 to 9 Jan 2022, Gallery 21
£8 adults, £6 concessions, under19s free
Please purchase tickets here.
This world-renowned exhibition, on loan from the Natural History Museum in London, was highlighted in the Channel 5 documentary series ‘World of Wonder’ in early 2021. It features exceptional images which capture fascinating animal behaviour, spectacular species and the breath-taking diversity and fragility of the natural world. Using photography’s unique emotive power to engage and inspire audiences, the images shine a light on stories and species from around the world and encourage a future of advocating for the planet. Book tickets.
Treasures of the Museum trail
Tue 6 July to Sun 31 Oct
Discover sixteen outstanding objects cared for by RAMM on our Treasures of the Museum trail – from an extraordinary collection of Roman coins discovered in East Devon, to the museum’s famous giraffe named Gerald! Find out more.
The art of hand modelled plaster with Geoffrey Preston
Wed 22 Sept
1.30 to 2.30pm (Online)
£8 (£6 Friends)
In this beautifully illustrated talk Geoffrey Preston takes a whistle-stop tour of the history of stucco; from its early origins, through its baroque heyday and on to its gradual decline. He tell us about his own background and training, including his work on some significant restoration projects of recent times, and describes how his work is designed and made. Book tickets.
Feathers, Fashion and Feminism: How the RSPB was founded
with Tessa Boase
Thur 21 October
7 to 8 pm (Online)
£8 (Friends £6)
In this talk Tessa Boase explores how the foundation of the RSPB was prompted by a stylish hat for a fashionable Edwardian lady – which stirred controversy and came to be known as ‘murderous millinery’. RAMM’s collection includes several examples of murderous millinery which will feature in the talk; but this is really the story of the women who fought the successful fight. Book tickets.
What’s in Store? A glimpse inside the 19th century wardrobe
Weds 10 Nov
9.30am to 1pm (Online)
Adults: £22.50, Concessions: £10, Students: £5, Recording: £10
This morning webinar offers a fascinating opportunity to delve a little deeper into some of the 19th century clothing currently in collections across the South West. Curators Lucy Johnston and Dr. Kate Strasdin will join RAMM’s costume and textiles curator, Shelley Tobin. They will reveal some of the stories and secrets behind garments in RAMM’s collections and elsewhere in the region. Find out more about the itinerary, and book tickets here.
Farthing Breakfasts and Penny Dinners: images and realities of poverty in 1920s Exeter
With Julia Neville
Weds 17 Nov
7 to 8pm (Online)
£8 (Friends £6)
Exeter artist Charles Tucker was born in 1920. He grew up in an area condemned as a slum by Exeter City Council and awaiting redevelopment. Dr Julia Neville explores what his pictures convey about poverty and hunger in Exeter in the 1920s, and how the work of these charities fitted into the jigsaw of statutory and voluntary welfare services then available to people in the city. Book tickets.