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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.

Africa redisplayed

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.

Associated events

Discovering Worlds: Africa displays and behind-the-scenes tour

Tue 1 May, 2 to 3pm, free but ticketed.

Dementia-friendly tour of the World Cultures galleries

Wed 23 May, 10.30am to 12.30pm, 15 (includes a companion).

Storytime in the Gallery

Wed 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-making

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.

Conference: representing Africa in British museums

Fri 8 Jun, 10.15am to 5pm, free but ticketed.

David Olusoga: Black and British

Fri 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 tour

Sat 23 Jun, 2 to 3.30pm, free but ticketed.

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