Welcome back , you are logged in

World Cultures Galleries are closed for redevelopment
Gallery 20 will be closed for an event until 12pm on Friday 20 April
Shademakers tiger with children, confetti and balloons in the main RAMM stairwell

RAMM celebrates 150th anniversary

150th anniversary

14 March 2018

A carnival of the animals in Exeter City Centre, a new children’s book and a commemorative beer are amongst the celebrations for RAMM’s 150th anniversary.
When the museum opened, it was known then as the Albert Memorial Museum, School of Art and Science and Free Library. To celebrate 150 years, RAMM is recreating some of the events that took place at the time, and has added some new ones.

Carnival kick-off

The celebrations begin with the Carnival of the Animals on Saturday 21 April. As RAMM takes to the streets of Exeter, there will be spectacular animal puppets, music, performances, activities and atmosphere. Internationally known carnival company Shademakers will be bringing carnival animals inspired by the museum’s collections. Two creatures will be specially commissioned – a giraffe to represent RAMM’s famous Gerald, and another animal chosen by RAMM’s visitors and supporters. Everyone is invited to get hands on at the pop-up museum activities, marvel at the animal puppets and march back to the museum for cake-cutting and entertainment.

150th anniversary activities

Easter holiday family activities

Make puppets and masks for the carnival in the Easter family activities. Choose from drop-in sessions and creative activities with renowned carnival art designers, Shademakers.

Behind the Scenes at the Museum

An exhibition by photographer Jim Wileman who has been capturing some of the museum moments that members of the public don’t normally see. RAMM gave Jim a ‘backstage pass’ to see the delicate conservation work in the labs and see how exhibitions are put together. Jim went on the roof. He watched the meticulous cleaning of the galleries. He visited the museum stores to see some of the many objects which are not currently on display…. Behind the Scenes at the Museum takes place from 20 April to 2 May.

Alfie’s Night Out

Illustrator Victoria Byron has created a new children’s book specially for RAMM. Alfie is a sparrow who sits amongst the other birds in the gallery. One night, when the visitors have all left, something magical happens; the museum comes alive and Alfie goes exploring. Alfie’s Night Out will be available from the Shop at RAMM, and the original illustrations will be on display alongside some of Victoria’s sketch books in an exhibition from 20 April to 2 September. Young visitors can create
their own stories with a puppet theatre and explore books that their parents and grandparents might have read when they
were young.

Alfie’s Explorers’ Party

On Sunday 29 April, visitors to the exhibition will be able to join Victoria Byron, the creator of Alfie’s Night Out. The party will allow them to find out how she created her beautiful images and hear the book read by Conor Magee, who wrote the words. The book will be available for purchase with a 20% discount for those attending this launch, and Victoria will be signing copies.

EMG Symphony Orchestra: a celebratory concert

The original opening of the museum was celebrated with a concert, so EMG Symphony Orchestra will be performing the 150th Anniversary Celebration Concert in Exeter Cathedral on Saturday 28 April. The orchestra have specially selected a museum-inspired programme of music including Carnival of the Animals and Night at the Museum.

150th merchandise

There will be a range of 150th merchandise available from The Shop at RAMM featuring a 150th anniversary illustration by Aylwyn Bowen. The museum has also teamed up with Exeter Brewery to launch Albert’s Ale – a special RAMM 150th anniversary beer.

Further 150th celebrations

The celebrations will continue throughout the year, with a range of events including the re-opening of the World Cultures galleries, the Hawksmoor Celebratory Concert Series and talks by former politician and current V&A director, Tristram Hunt (22 May), and Historian and BBC Civilisations presenter, David Olusoga (22 June).
Cllr Rachel Sutton, Portfolio Holder for Economy and Culture, said: “This is a time for real celebration for the city of Exeter. We’re immensely proud of RAMM, the museum’s 150 year history, and all that has been achieved during that time. RAMM has a special place in the memories of generations of Exonians who have enjoyed visits to learn from the museum’s collections, to be inspired by them, and to discover new things. There is a wonderful range of events and activities to celebrate this special anniversary, and we welcome everyone to join in.”

Find out more

More information about all the events for RAMM’s 150th anniversary celebrations is available on the museum’s website www.rammuseum.org.uk/150th.

Reset MyRAMM password

Sorry, there was a problem resetting your password, please try again.

Your password, has been successfully reset, please close this popup and login.

Terms & Conditions

These terms and conditions (Terms) apply to the entire contents of this website. Please read these Terms carefully before using this website. Using this website indicates that you accept these Terms. If you do not accept these Terms, please do not use this website.
  1. These Terms shall constitute an agreement between you and us and shall set out the conditions upon which you may access the information available on this website
  2. We reserve the right to change these Terms, at any time and to notify you by posting an updated version of these Terms on this website, at which point they will become immediately effective
  3. Your continued use of this website after any changes referred to in clause 2 shall constitute your consent to such changes
  4. Access to this website may be suspended temporarily and without notice in the case of system failure, maintenance or repair, or for reasons beyond our control
  5. We reserve the right to, without notice, withdraw the availability of this website or any of its content and/or any of its functions, information or services
  6. We cannot guarantee uninterrupted and/or reliable access to this website and we make no guarantees whatsoever as to its operation, functionality or otherwise
  7. You are allowed to view, download and print out content from this website for personal use only in accordance with these Terms. All other copying whether electronic, hard copy or other format is prohibited and all other rights are reserved
  8. You shall only use this website in a manner that is consistent with these Terms and in such a way as to comply with all applicable laws and regulations and in particular, that you shall not (or not attempt to):
    • seek unauthorised access to our network or computer system
    • insert or knowingly or recklessly transmit or distribute a virus into our network and computer systems
  9. All copyright and all other intellectual property rights existing in this website (including, but not limited to, all design, text, graphics and the selection or arrangement thereof) are and remain our property
  10. The expression 'copyright' shall include the entire copyright, design right, rental right, right to authorise or prohibit lending and data right subsisting now or created at any time
  11. While we endeavour to ensure that the information contained on this website is accurate, complete and up-to-date, we make no representations or warranties, whether express or implied, as to the accuracy, completeness or fitness for purpose of such information
  12. We make no representations or warranties, whether express or implied, that this website or any software of any nature available on, downloaded or otherwise obtained from it, will be free from defects or viruses. Your use of this website is at your own risk
  13. We make no representations or warranties as to whether the information available on this website complies with the regulatory regime of countries from which the pages of this website may be accessed
  14. We may log your IP address (which indicates the location of your computer on the Internet) for the purpose of systems administration and troubleshooting.
  15. If you provide your e-mail address in order to submit an enquiry, comment or request for further information, we may contact you regarding your enquiry, comment or request. We may also send e-mails to you about the services that we offer.
  16. From time to time we may provide your information to our marketing or IT departments for research and analysis purposes so that we can monitor and improve the services we provide. We may occasionally contact you by post, email or telephone to ask you for your feedback and comments on our services.
  17. The failure by us to insist on any occasion upon performance of these Terms shall not thereby act as a waiver of such a breach or an acceptance of any variation of these Terms
  18. A person who is not a party to these Terms may not enforce any of its terms or conditions under the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999
  19. These Terms shall be governed by, construed and enforced in all respects in accordance with the Laws of England