20 March 2018
The World Cultures galleries, currently being refurbished, are set to open on 1 May 2018 as part of the museum’s 150th birthday celebrations.
The museum is working on an exciting development programme which will make the World Cultures galleries fresher, brighter, lighter and even more engaging. The refurbishment also includes an exciting redisplay of the African collections and 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.”
The museum has a programme of events to celebrate the reopening.
Tue 1 May, 2 to 3pm, free but ticketed.
Wed 23 May, 10.30am to 12.30pm, 15 (includes a companion).
Wed 30, Thu 31 May, Fri 1 and Sat 2 Jun, 11.30 am, 12.30pm, 2.30pm, 3.30pm, free, drop in.
Wed 30, Thu 31 May, Fri 1 and Sat 2 Jun, 10.30am to 12.30pm and 1.30 to 3.30pm, £3, drop in.
Fri 8 Jun, 10.15am to 5pm, free but ticketed.
Fri 22 Jun, bar 6.30pm, talk 7.30 to 8.30pm, £18, early bird £16 until 1 Jun.
Sat 23 Jun, 2 to 3.30pm, free but ticketed.