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World Cultures Galleries are closed for redevelopment
Gallery 20 will be closed for an event until 12pm on Friday 20 April

Nkisi - a power figure from Central Africa

Carved wooden figurine from Africa for RAMM's World Cultures refurb.

World Cultures galleries reopening

RAMM’s World Cultures galleries, currently being refurbished, are set to open as part of the museum’s 150th birthday celebrations on 1 May 2018.

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 a new family area inspired by the galleries and the cultures they represent which will open end of May.

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.

Associated events

Discovering Worlds: Africa displays and behind-the-scenes tourTue 1 May, 2 to 3pm, free but ticketed

Dementia-friendly tour of the World Cultures galleriesWed 23 May, 10.30am to 12.30pm, 15 (includes a companion)

Storytime in the GalleryWed 30, Thu 31 May, Fri 1 and Sat 2 Jun, 11.30 am, 12.30pm, 2.30pm, 3.30pm, free, drop in

World Cultures mask-makingWed 30, Thu 31 May, Fri 1 and Sat 2 Jun, 10.30am to 12.30pm and 1.30 to 3.30pm, £3, drop in.

Conference: representing Africa in British museumsFri 8 Jun, 10.15am to 5pm, free but ticketed

David Olusoga: Black and BritishFri 22 Jun, bar 6.30pm, talk 7.30 to 8.30pm, £18, early bird £16 until 1 Jun

Discovering Worlds: Family-friendly Africa displays and behind-the-scenes tourSat 23 Jun, 2 to 3.30pm, free but ticketed

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


This exciting developnent programme for the World Cultures galleries has been made possible with the help of Designated Outstanding Collection, RAMM's Development Trust and The Wolfson Foundation.

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