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Growing Together

Fed up of being stuck indoors? Are you happy to see glorious nature bursting out again as spring unfolds?

Then join RAMM in a seed-planting extravaganza!

Be inspired by RAMM’s seed exhibitions in summer 2021, Seedscapes: Future-Proofing Nature and Léonie Hampton: A Language of Seeds, with six ‘Growing Together’ seed activities to take part in – plant one a week using the instructions on this page, and learn a few fun facts along the way. A new activity will be released on our social media channels each Monday in April and early May.

Seeds include tasty aromatic herbs, bright and bold flowers and magically medicinal blooms. All are bee/ nature-friendly and easy to care for in a garden or on your windowsill.

All seeds are available from the RAMM shop for £5 inc. postage.

You can also join RAMM’s free Easter craft activities online, including Potty Easter Eggs – sowing seeds in egg shells  – and making beautiful seed paper to turn into bookmarks and gift tags. Or why not make your own time lapse video as the seeds grow?

We would love to see how you’re getting on. Email us your pictures ([email protected]), or share your growing progress with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram!

Grab your trowel, some soil, a few pots and get planting!

Let’s grow together.

 

Week 1, starting Monday 5 April – Calendula

calendula / marigold flower

Vibrant orange aromatic flower from the daisy family, also sometimes called marigold.

Bees, moths and butterflies love them! They flower for months through the summer into the autumn.

Calendula flowers are edible and can be used to bring orange colour to rice or potato dishes, or snip them onto soups and salads for extra flavour and nutrition.

Sowing and care instructions

  1. Plant the curly seeds in your garden from mid-March onwards. You can also start them indoors in pots and set out the sturdy seedlings from early May once the risk of frost has passed.
  2. Cover the seeds with soil to a depth of between 0.5 and 1.5 cm.
  3. They enjoy a sunny spot with regular watering.
  4. It takes up to 12 weeks for the first flowers to emerge after sowing.

Did you know?

  • The Romans and Greeks used the golden calendula to make crowns or garlands for their rituals and ceremonies.
  • The bright flowers have been used to decorate the statues of Hindu deities since early times.
  • One 16th-century magic potion containing calendula claimed to reveal
  • In English cuisine, the flower was traditionally used to flavour stewed birds, dumplings, wine, oatmeal and puddings.
  • Calendula oil can be used as an anti-inflammatory and to heal wounds. In the past it was used to relieve headaches, red eye, fever and toothaches.

Why not share photos of your Growing Together progress on social media? Don’t forget to tag us @rammuseum and use the hashtag #RAMMGrowingTogether!

Week 2, starting Monday 12 April – Basil

Photograph of some basil leaves

Basil

A flavourful, aromatic, leafy green herb originally from Asia and Africa. Its leaves may taste somewhat like anise, with a strong, pungent, often sweet smell. 

The flowers are either light purple or white and are completely edible, as well as being attractive to bees and other important pollinators.

Popular as a food seasoning, basil is also used in teas and supplements providing a range of health benefits.

Sowing and care instructions

1. Sow indoors in early spring. They can easily be grown in pots on your windowsill, or can be planted outdoors later in the summer.
2. Fill a small pot with seed compost, firm down and sow a few seeds of basil over the top – only sow a few more seeds than you need.
3. Water gently and cover the pot with a small, clear freezer bag and secure with an elastic band.
4. Water sparingly – basil hates to sit in wet compost. Harvest the leaves individually rather than chopping the plant with scissors, so new leaves can grow.

Did you know?

  • Native to India, ‘sacred’ basil was considered a powerful protector and was often planted around temples and laid with the dead.
  • Over 4,000 years ago the first written accounts mention basil was grown in Egypt. It was first introduced to Britain in the 16th Century.
  • Traditional uses include the treatment of snakebites, colds and inflammation of the nasal passages.

Don’t forget you can tag us in your Growing Together journey on social media using @rammuseum and the hashtag #RAMMGrowingTogether!

Week 3, starting Monday 19 April – Sunflower

Large, bright, long-lasting flowers that look fantastic in gardens or cut in a vase.

Photograph of a a group of sunflowers with blue sky behind

Sunflower

Sunflowers can grow to heights of up to two metres!

Although most of the 70 varieties of sunflower have yellow flowers, they can also be rusty red, green and white.

The brightly coloured petals attract bees and other pollinators like hoverflies. Garden birds and many other wild animals will eat the flower heads and the seeds, particularly the sunflower hearts.

Sowing and care instructions

Sunflowers are easy to grow from seed and are ideal for growing with children.

  1. In April, sow one seed per pot of peat-free, multi-purpose compost. Push the seed 1.5cm into the compost and water.
  2. Cover pots with a clear plastic bag and place in a cool but bright place. Water regularly.
  3. Plant out at the end of May when the risk of frost has passed. You may need to support them with a stalk once they grow taller.

Did you know?

  • Native to North America, American Indians first domesticated the plant into a single headed plant about 300BC. Sunflowers were first taken to Europe by Spanish explorers around 1500AD.
  • The seed was ground or pounded into flour for cakes, mush or bread. The plant and seeds were also used in ceremonies.
  • Tea made from the leaves can be used to treat high fever. The crushed leaves can be used as a poultice on sores, swellings, snakebites and spider bites.
  • Sunflower seeds may help lower to blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels.

Week 4, starting Monday 26 April – Nasturtium

Photograph of some bright orange nasturtium flowers and leaves

Nasturtium

Pretty, versatile and useful – nasturtium plants are fully edible and can be used to lure aphids away from other plants in your garden.

They are easy to grow and look great in window boxes or hanging baskets. Nasturtiums will add a peppery taste to salads and look great as decorations on a cake.

Their brightly coloured flowers attract bees and other pollinators, and are a food for the Dot Moth and the Garden Carpet Moth.

Sowing and care instructions

  1. For best results, sow nasturtium seeds directly where they are to flower, as they’re fast-growing and require minimal care once sowed.
  2. Sow each seed around 1.5 cm deep into moist soil to speed germination, so water your soil before planting them if conditions are dry.
  3. The first seeds can be sown from mid-April onwards, and you can carry on sowing until mid-summer to ensure continuous flowering right up until the first frosts in the autumn.
  4. When seedlings appear, thin them to around 30 cm apart.

Did you know?

  • At different times in their history, nasturtiums have been considered a vegetable, a herb, a flower and even a fruit!
  • They were first brought to Europe from Peru by Spanish conquistadors in the late 15th to early 16th century.
  • The flowers and long-lasting leaves were popular in Victorian bouquets and table arrangements. They were also eaten to prevent scurvy, as their leaves are rich in Vitamin C.
  • Traditional medicinal uses included making teas and tonics to soothe sore throats and colds.

Don’t forget you can tag us in your Growing Together journey on social media using @rammuseum and the hashtag #RAMMGrowingTogether!

 

Week 5, starting Monday 3rd May – Spearmint

Photo of some spearmint leaves

Spearmint

Also known as garden or common mint, spearmint has fragrant, refreshing scents and flavours.

The herb is especially popular in cold and hot drinks, including ice tea, mojitos and herbal teas.

Spearmint flowers are especially irresistible to bees. Mint Moth caterpillars eat the leaves – look out for one resting on your plant!

Sowing and care instructions…

  1. Start sowing your mint seeds in containers, flat pots or in prepared garden soil.
  2.   Sow seeds around 6mm deep. The seeds are tiny, but you can space them with tweezers or simply thin the seedlings once they have germinated.
  3. Keep the seeds moist until they germinate in 10 – 15 days.
  4. Beware – once planted outside spearmint takes off quickly and can take over quickly as well!

Did you know?

  • Ancient Greeks and Romans rubbed mint on tables before their guests arrived.
  • The Romans brought mint and mint sauce to Britain.
  • In the Middle East, mint tea was and still is offered to guests upon their arrival.
  • Mint has been used as a treatment for gastrointestinal problems for thousands of years.
  • Some people believe mint aids digestion, weight loss, relief from nausea, depression, fatigue and headaches as well as asthma, memory loss and skin care problems.

Week 6, starting Monday 10th May – Echinacea

Photograph of an echinacea flower in a field

Echinacea

Pink, daisy-like flowers with a large, cone-shaped centre.

They are heat and drought resistant, easy to grow, bloom for months and make great cut flowers.

The Echinacea flower is known for attracting bees, birds and other pollinators. Its flowers are rich in nectar, and their seeds are a favourite with birds. Rabbits and deer also love them!

‘Echinacea purpurea’, the variety in your seed pack, is used in traditional medicine.

Sowing and caring instructions

  1. Coneflower seeds take a while to germinate – around 20 days to sprout. Sow weeds around 2cm deep in well drained, peat free compost.
  2. The ideal soil temperature is about 21 degrees C, and the soil should be relatively moist. You can start the seeds off in a bright place inside by covering your pots with a clear plastic bag.
  3. Once seedlings have grown to about 7cm tall, thin them and wait a week before putting them outside once the danger of frost has passed in early May.

Did you know?

  • Native to the plains of North America, Echinacea does not grow wild anywhere else in the world, but is widely cultivated in Europe and the USA.
  • It was used by American Indians to treat a wide range of ailments, and was first taken to Europe in the 17th century.
  • The Echinacea flower has a mild antibiotic effect, helping to protect cells from bacteria, viruses and fungi.
  • It is known to reduce the intensity and duration of cold and flu symptoms and helps the body fight recurrent infections. It can also be used to relieve symptoms of chronic fatigue.

Good luck everyone with caring for your plants this summer, we hope they flower magnificently. We would love to see how they get on so don’t forget to keep sharing your pictures with us! It’s been a pleasure planting with you all and growing together. 

If you’re looking for more fun activities to take part in, why not explore RAMM online?

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As a museum of the world the Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery (RAMM) wants to engage with a global public. Our social media presence is focused on helping people find out more about, discuss and engage with the museum’s collection, public programme and research. It is intended to encourage cross-cultural understanding, storytelling and inclusive, lively debate. The views expressed by our fans and followers are their own and may not represent the views of the Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Exeter City Council,  employees, or affiliates. We love hearing from you and, to ensure that everyone has a positive experience, please don’t post any hateful, defamatory, or offensive comments, photos or videos. Anything seen as offensive to others will be removed or blocked. Spamming, inappropriate posting of private information, repeated posts and off-topic comments and posts may be removed or blocked. Our core office hours are between 10.00 and 17.00 GMT Monday to Friday, excluding UK national holidays. We aim to respond to all enquiries as quickly as possible, but please note that some enquiries can take longer to resolve. There is a lot of helpful information relating to the collections, exhibitions and general visiting information on the museum’s website. If you can’t find what you are looking for, and haven’t heard back from us, use the contact page.  Unfortunately, we are only able to respond to enquiries made in English. If you would like to pass on feedback or make a complaint about your visit to the museum, the best way to do this is to use the contact page RAMM's social media channels are linked to in the page footer

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  • Once purchased, tickets cannot be refunded or exchanged except in the event of the event’s cancellation.  However if an event is fully booked, and there is a waiting list, we will try to resell your tickets.
  • Tickets purchased over the phone are available to be collected from the Garden Entrance Reception
  • Events and activities may on rare occasions be subject to change without notice, although we will always make our best efforts to inform people of any change.
  • Customers are advised to check their purchase upon receipt as mistakes cannot always be rectified.
  • Every effort will be made to admit latecomers as soon as a suitable break occurs, but admission is not guaranteed and is at the discretion of the Duty Manager
  • By purchasing, you agree that the tickets are for the personal use of you and your party only, and will not be resold or transferred.  Any resale or attempt to resell the tickets at a price higher than purchased will result in your tickets being cancelled without prior notification.
  • In the event of a cancellation by the organiser or by RAMM (i.e. a cancellation due to circumstances beyond RAMM’s control), RAMM will only refund the face value of the ticket.  RAMM will use every reasonable effort to contact purchasers either by phone or email (using the details provided at the time of purchase) and advise them to return the tickets.  Please note, however, it is the customer’s responsibility to check whether the event is going ahead at the scheduled date and time and RAMM cannot guarantee that they will inform the customer of any changes to the event date and time.
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  • Online bookings will only remain held for 10 minutes without payment
  • Once your online booking has been confirmed an order confirmation will be sent to the email address you specified
  • On arrival at the event, the following will be required in order to validate an eticket purchased though the RAMM website:
    • Appropriate proof of entitlement to any discounted ticket rate (such as NUS card or benefit documents) for each person to be admitted with the ticket
    • A legible ticket or purchase confirmation
  • Any bar operating as part of a function may be closed by the duty manager at any time if any person using the bar shall behave in an unruly, disorderly or unseemly manner or it, in the exercise of his absolute discretion, he is of the opinion that such unruly, disorderly or unseemly behaviour may occur there.

Children

  • The Royal Albert Memorial Museum is suitable for children
  • All children under the age of 11 should be accompanied at all times by someone over the age of 16
  • Parents with young children are welcome in the Royal Albert Memorial Museum
  • Some temporary exhibitions may contain content not suitable for children.  These will be clearly advertised and signposted.

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Conditions of Hire 1 (a) The council reserves the right to refuse any application for the use of the venue or any part thereof without stating its reason for such refusal. (b) Should the hirer cancel the booking within 28 days of the booking then 50% of the hire fee shall be forfeited. (c) The Council reserves the right to cancel bookings at any time by not less than 24 hours previous notice in writing to the Hirer, and the Hirer shall not be entitled to any compensation in consequence thereof or in connection therewith other than the refunding of appropriate hiring fees agreed. (d) The Council reserves the right to cancel at any time any booking of the said premises should the venue be closed in consequence of any public calamity, Royal demise, epidemic, fire, act of God, war (or its consequences), or is not available for the purpose of the hiring in consequence of the withdrawal or suspension of any license, or by reason of any work required to be done by the Licensing or other Authority, to be any reason of any combination or any strike or lock-out of any workman interfering with the efficient working of the premises, or from any cause whatsoever not within the control of, or not occasioned by default of, the council. (e) The Council’s decision upon the above matters shall be final and conclusive, and in such circumstances the Hirer shall not be entitled to any compensation in consequence thereof, but any charge for hire previously paid shall be refunded. (f) The Council reserves the right to terminate any hiring in the event of the hire committing a breach or failure to observe or perform any of the regulations or conditions. (g) The Hirer shall not without the previous consent in writing of the venue management, use the venue or any part thereof for any purposed or purposes other than those specified in the letter of hire confirmation without prior agreement of the venue manager (h) The Hirer shall not without the consent in writing of the venue management, sub-let the venue or any part thereof. (i) These conditions and regulations for the use of the Royal Albert Memorial Museum and any part thereof may be amended by the Council at any time, without notice and, if so amended, shall apply to all hirings taking place thereafter regardless of the date of such hirings. (j) The term ‘Hirer’ in these Conditions shall be taken to mean the person, persons, or body incorporate making application to hire the venue and any part thereof. (k) The term ‘Venue’ in these Conditions shall be taken to mean those parts of the venue booked as noted on the letter of hire confirmation. 2 (a) The Hirer shall be deemed to have notice of the Conditions attached to such licences and shall observe and perform such Conditions insofar as they affect the hiring. (b) The maximum capacity of the venue is 500 persons however a smaller maximum may be enforced depending on the particular event and set-up required. You should check this with the venue management before finalising your plans for an event. (c) Any bar operating as part of a function may be closed by the duty manager at any time if any person using the bar shall behave in an unruly, disorderly or unseemly manner or it, in the exercise of his absolute discretion, he is of the opinion that such unruly, disorderly or unseemly behaviour may occur there. (d) the Hirer shall comply with the Conditions endorsed on the Premises Licence, and shall not do or permit any act which may imperil the Licence held by the Council or be a nuisance or annoyance to any person and shall not commit or permit any breach of the statutory provision, or regulation for the time being in force relating to the licensed premises. 3 (a) The Council shall not be liable for any accident or injury sustained by the Hirer or any person present in the venue or any part thereof arising from the negligence or default of the Hirer and his servants or agents. The Hirer shall indemnify the Council against all costs, claims an demands in respect of any such accident or injury as aforesaid. A copy of the hirer’s public liability insurance certificate should be made available to the venue management on request. Such public liability should be in force to a limit of £5,000,000. (b) Where requested, the Hirer must provide a copy of a risk assessment for the event at least 7 days prior to the event being staged. (c) The venue shall be in the care and custody of the Hirer and the Council accepts no responsibility for any loss or damage sustained in respect of articles, wearing apparel or other property brought into or left in the venue or any party thereof by or on behalf of the Hirer or any other person. (d) The Hirer will be held responsible and accept full responsibility for any damage done to the venue or any part thereof, furniture, utensils or other property of the Council during the period of or otherwise arising out of the hire of the venue or any part thereof. All internal or external decorations shall be subject to the approval of the management. These should not be fixed to the fabric of the building or internal walls and should be removed to the satisfaction of the venue management. (e) No entertainment shall be held or given which will involve any increased risk of fire unless previously agreed by the venue management. (f) The Hirer agrees not to fix decorations or any other material to the walls, floors, stage, furniture or any other part of the premises. (g) Any liability or expenditure incurred by the Council on behalf of and at the request of the Hirer shall be discharged by the Hirer and the Council will not accept any responsibility in connection therewith. (h) Any caterers engaged to provide food or other refreshments as part of a function shall be taken from RAMM’s list of approved caterers. 4 (a) All seats and tables will be arranged with sufficient gangways in all respects to afford means of rapid exit and the Hirer shall keep such gangways, together with all passages and exits free from obstruction. (b) All doors giving egress from the venue or any part thereof shall be kept unfastened and unobstructed and immediately available for exit during the whole of such time as the venue or any part thereof is being used by the Hirer. (c) All enquiries regarding the facilities available, layout, times of entry etc should be made to the venue management. (d) The Hirer should not use, or permit to be used, any electrical equipment in the venue without the prior consent of the venue management. The Hirer must ensure that a competent person is in attendance during the operation of any additional special effects, stage lighting, additional venue lighting, audio visual equipment or any electrical equipment. (e) All arrangements in connection with the hiring of the premises or any part thereof shall be to the approval of the venue management and the Hirer shall comply with all reasonable requests made to him at any time in respect thereof. (f) Naked flames, including gas ovens and candles, shall not be used on the premises. Red wine, orange juice and other staining or sticky drinks are not to be provided or drunk on the premises without the former consent of the venue management. (g) Balloons cannot be used to decorate rooms or galleries without the express permission of the management due to the risk of them setting off the intruder alarm systems. 5 (a) The removal from the venue of all goods and/or equipment belonging to the Hirer, or brought into the venue in connection with the purpose, for which the venue was hired, shall be the responsibility of the Hirer. In the event of failure to discharge the foregoing responsibility within 14 days of an event, the Council may dispose of the goods and /or equipment as it thinks fit without being liable to the Hirer in respect thereof. The Hirer shall be liable to pay the Council’s costs of so doing save to the extent they are recouped by the Council from any sale of the goods and/or equipment. (b) If the Hirer shall continue his/her occupation of the venue or any part thereof after the designated period of hire for which he/she engaged the same, he/she shall pay such additional hire fees as may be deemed appropriate by the venue management. The Hirer shall also, in addition, be responsible for any loss or damage occasioned by the Council for exceeding the designated times. The designated times being those booked by the Hirer and stated in the letter of confirmation. 6 Sufficient staff shall be provided by the Hirer to supervise properly the function in the venue or any part thereof as the venue management shall, in their absolute discretion determine. 7 The Council’s officers and servants are not permitted, under any circumstances, to accept gratuities of any kind. 8 (a) The Hirer shall not use the venue or any part thereof for the performance in public of any dramatic or musical work or for the delivery in public of any lectures in which copyright subsists without the consent of the owner of the said copyright. The Hirer shall indemnify the Council against all sums of money, which the Council may have to pay by reason of any infringement of copyright occurring during the whole of such time as the venue or any part thereof is being used by the Hirer. (b) The Hirer shall comply with the provisions of the Children and Young Persons Act. 9 (a) The hirer shall not be entitled to grant sound, television broadcasting or filming rights without the prior written consent of the venue management. 10 (a) Smoking is not allowed in any part of the venue. 11(a) In accordance with RAMM's responsibility under the Data Protect Act 1998 the information you provide will be held in an Exeter City Council database for the purpose of fulfilling your venue hire arrangements.  It will not be used for any other purpose unless you opt in to receiving communications from RAMM. 12 (a) a 50% non-refundable deposit is required to be paid upon booking and the remaining 50% one month before the event.

Guided Group Visits, Guided School Activity and External Talk Bookings

(1)    The term ‘Organiser’ in these conditions shall be taken to mean the person, persons, or body incorporate making an application to book a guided visit/guided activities/external talk for any organisation or school (private or public) and any part thereof. (2)    The term ‘museum specialist’ may refer to a RAMM staff member or a volunteer. (3)    The term ‘Council’ refers to Exeter City Council. (4)    The term ‘Guided Group Visits’ includes all tours and talks attended at RAMM that are delivered by a museum specialist. (5)    The term ‘Guided School Activity’ includes all visits to RAMM by educational organisations that are guided by a museum specialist.  It does not include self-led school visits to the museum (6)    The term ‘External Talk’ refers to talks that are delivered by a museum specialist to a group of people at a venue that the Organiser has booked (7)    Payment
  • A 50% deposit is required to be paid upon booking where the overall charge is greater than £100
  • Should the organiser cancel the booking within 28 days of the date of the visit then 50% of the total fee shall be forfeited/requested.
  • Unless you are a school requesting payment via the issue of an invoice, the total cost/balance of payment for the booking must be made in full 14 days before the date of the visit.  Failure to do so may result in the booking being cancelled.
(8)    Cancellation
  • We reserve the right to cancel at any time any booking should the venue be closed in consequence of any public calamity, epidemic, fire, act of God, war (or its consequences), or the premises is not available for the purpose of the booking in consequence if any reason of any combination or any strike or lock-out of any workman interfering with the efficient working of the premises, or from any cause whatsoever not within the control of, or not occasioned by default of, the council
  •  The Council’s decision upon the above matters shall be final and conclusive, and in such circumstances the organiser shall not be entitled to any compensation as a consequence, but any charge for guided visits or guided school activities previously paid will be refunded
  • The Council reserves the right to terminate any booking in the event of the organiser or officers of the organisation/school committing a breach or failure to observe or perform any of the regulations or conditions
(9)    Capacity The maximum capacity of each guided group visit or guided school activity at RAMM will be stated and agreed on the booking provisional and confirmations email. Failure of the organiser to keep to the limit, depending on the number of additional participants, will result in one or a combination of:
  • The guided visit or guided school activity not going ahead
  • The additional participants being excluded from taking part
  • Agreement that the guided visit or guided school activity experience will be compromised in terms of the enjoyment/learning outcomes that will be derived by the participants
  • An additional charge will be requested.
(10) Public Liability Insurance The Council shall not be liable for any accident or injury sustained by the organiser or any person present in the venue or any part thereof arising from the negligence or default of the organiser and his organisation’s officers. Visits by the public to any Council premises is covered by £25,000,000 liability insurance [PDF]. (11) Risk Assessment Guidance for Guided School Visits Supervision One teacher must be QTS accredited (Qualified Teacher Status) and there must also be an additional teacher to circulate between groups. We recommend the following minimum ratio of adults to children
  • Children aged 0-4 1 adult: 3 children
  • Children aged 5-7 (KS1) 1 adult: 6 children
  • Children aged 8 -11 (KS2) 1 adult: 10 children
  • Children aged 12 and over (KS3 +) 1 adult: 15 children
Accompanying adults should not have babies/toddlers/buggies with them. First aid provision RAMM can provide basic first aid in the event of a minor accident. If any pupil has specific illnesses, however, e.g. epilepsy, diabetes, allergies etc., the school must bring an adult who has specialist knowledge and ability to treat these pupils. Minor injury
  • All pupils and adults should wear appropriate clothing and footwear and only walk in the museum to avoid slips and trips.
  • Allergic reaction to materials on open display
  • Teachers need to be aware of allergies amongst their children and if in any doubt about the possibility of allergic reaction to materials on open display then the risk to their children should be assessed in the familiarisation visit.
(12) Risk Assessment for External Talks
  • It is the responsibility of the organiser to ensure that the necessary risk assessments, licenses and health and safety checks are in place at the venue that they have booked for the museum specialist to attend to give a talk
  • The Council accepts no responsibility if the organiser fails to meet the above statutory requirements and in such instances the council will seek compensation should injury through negligence on the part of the organiser or the venue occur to the museum specialist whilst at the venue.
(13) Food and Drink - No eating is allowed in the galleries, but you are welcome to take a snack break in our grassy area by the garden entrance.  Lunch rooms are available to book, please request on making your booking. (14) The Organiser will be held responsible and accept full responsibility for any damage done to the premises or any part thereof, furniture, utensils or other property of the Council during the period of or otherwise arising out of the visit or any part thereof. (15) Any liability or expenditure incurred by the Council on behalf of or at the request of the Organiser shall be settled by the Organiser and the Council will not accept any responsibility. (16) Any liability of expenditure incurred by the Organiser in the hire of an external venue for the delivery of a talk by a museum specialist, shall remain the sole responsibility of the organiser to discharge and the Council will not accept any responsibility. (17) All enquiries regarding the facilities available, content, activity and times of entry etc should be made to [email protected]
  • We reserve the right to refuse additional requests that result in a significant change to the delivery and content of the guided group visit, external talk or guided school activity less than 28 days before the date of the visit
(18) Safeguarding
  • The Organiser and RAMM shall comply with the provisions of the Children and Young Persons Act and the Disclosure and Barring Service
  • Sufficient staff/officers of the organisation/school shall be provided to supervise the visit
  • All children under the age of 16 should be accompanied at all times by an adult over the age of 18
(19) The Council’s officers and volunteers are not permitted, under any circumstances, to accept gratuities of any kind. (20) In accordance with RAMM’s responsibility under the Data Protect Act 1998 and the General Data Protection Regulation the information you provide will be held in an Exeter City Council database for the purpose of fulfilling your booking arrangements.  It will not be used for any other purpose unless you opt in to receiving communications from RAMM.