Celebration of the 50th anniversary of RAMM's Centenary Exhibition

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Thursday, 17 October 2019
2:30pm - 4:30pm
Royal Albert Memorial Museum

Celebration of the 50th anniversary of RAMM’s Centenary Exhibition
Thur 17 Oct
2.30 to 4.30pm
Ticketed but Free

Join us for a celebration of RAMM’s history and meet some of the people who worked at the museum fifty years ago.

When RAMM’s building on Queen Street opened to the public in 1868 it was the first phase of an ambitious scheme for a library, school of art and museum for Exeter. After a successful fundraising campaign, the second phase officially opened in August 1869.

100 years later, in October 1969, a major Centenary Exhibition “Treasures of the Exeter Museums” was mounted with an accompanying illustrated catalogue, launching the museum into its second century. Following very enthusiastic public and City Council support, shortly afterwards the Friends of the Exeter Museums and Gallery was established and continues to support the Museum today.

The exhibition was researched, prepared and mounted by a team of eleven professional and support staff, the majority young and recently appointed to the expanding museums and art gallery staff. Remarkably, fifty years on from the Centenary all but one of the exhibition team are still alive. They have had a wide range of distinguished professional or other working histories across England, Scotland, Wales and internationally subsequently, Sadly the eleventh, Natural History Curator Anthony Adams, died some years ago, but is also remembered today.

Fifty years on, the museum will be welcoming back all ten surviving staff members for a reunion and celebration as below:

Professor Patrick Boylan (Director)
Professor Susan Pearce (Curator of Archaeology and Antiquities)
Dr Pamela Inder (Curator of Costume and Decorative Arts)
Jane Baker (Curator of Fine Art)
Alexander Hidlago (Conservation Officer)
Michael Griffiths (Field Archaeologist)
Robin Paisey (Graduate Trainee)
Derek Duff (Graphic and Exhibition Designer)
Steffi Bray, (Director’s Secretary)
Joan Griffiths, (Admin./Secretary, Secretary of the Friends)

All, and particularly the Museum Friends and staff, are invited to meet them and join them in this celebration.

The afternoon will include short talks from three of the contributors to the original exhibition.

Collecting Today
Prof. Emeritus Susan Pearce, University of Leicester
One third of all people in Europe and North America are collectors of some kind of object or other property. Sue has extensively researched and written on the phenomenon of collecting today, including the what, why and psychology of collecting.

In the footsteps of Charles Darwin: crossing and re-crossing of the Andes in just one month in 1835
Professor Emeritus Patrick Boylan, City, University of London
Patrick has researched and published widely on different aspects of the history of science, especially geology, for over sixty years, including seeking out on the ground and re-interpreting the fieldwork of several leading 19th-century scientists. As is well known, Darwin’s studies during the voyage of The Beagle helped to develop his revolutionary scientific views. Patrick researched Darwin’s remarkable expedition from Valparaiso, Chile, to Mendoza, Argentina, and back through the spectacular geology and scenery of the highest mountain range in the Americas.

‘Incroaching on the Tailoring Trade’: the first female dressmakers
Dr Pam Inder
Pam has worked on dress and dressmaking throughout her working life, her publications in the field beginning with her Exeter Museums publication on Honiton Lace. Her PhD research explored the how and who of the making of dresses, rather than the aesthetics of the garment as worn. She has broadened the range of this research, working in over 30 museum collections and archives. Her major book based on all her research, and breaking new ground, is to be published shortly by the leading international publisher, Bloomsbury Publishing.