World Cultures galleries reopening
RAMM’s World Cultures galleries have been recently refurbished and were reopened as part of the museum’s 150th birthday celebrations.
The museum has worked on an exciting development programme which will make the World Cultures galleries fresher, brighter, lighter and even more engaging. The refurbishment also includes a new family area inspired by the galleries and the cultures they represent.
Camilla Hampshire, Museum Manager, said, “People will be able to see many more objects, including several which have not previously been displayed. These include an incredibly rare shrine drum from Central Africa and a number of high-status items acquired by colonial traders such as Richard Dennett, which enable us to explore the stories of our colonial past, both good and bad.
“We are incredibly grateful for the support of The Wolfson Foundation, The Arts Council’s Designation Scheme and the RAMM Development Trust, without whom this refurbishment would not have been possible.”
World Cultures Event Programme
The museum created a programme of events to celebrate the reopening, which included:
Talk – David Olusoga: Black and British – Fri 22 Jun,
Discovering Worlds: Family-friendly Africa displays and behind-the-scenes tour – Sat 23 Jun
Dementia-friendly tour of the World Cultures galleries – Wed 23 May
Storytime in the Gallery – Wed 30, Thu 31 May, Fri 1 and Sat 2 Jun
World Cultures mask-making – Wed 30, Thu 31 May, Fri 1 and Sat 2 Jun
Conference: representing Africa in British museums – Fri 8 Jun
World Cultures Regular Tours
Those wishing to explore the new World Cultures galleries and learn more about the fascinating objects on display can join one of RAMM regularly scheduled tours:
Redisplay of Asian collections
Since 2014, the World Cultures galleries – originally opened in 1998 – have been the subject of a phased development project.
The next phase in 2018 will be the redisplay of the Asian collections and a new changing showcase featuring collections currently in store.
We are now seeking support for the final stage of the ambitious project: the re-display of the Americas collection. You can contribute by making donations in the boxes around the museum or by contacting RAMM through the website: www.rammuseum.org.uk/support-us