Museum Architectural Trail

Looking beyond RAMM's collection the trail provides an opportunity to an artistic view to parts of the museum that may go unnoticed.

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Architectural trail

Architectural trail

Architectural trail
(Introduction 1 of 22)

Welcome to the RAMM architectural trail.

Before you set of please pick up a copy of the Floor Plan to see the Gallery Numbers and to use as a base guide of the Architectural Trail.

The Reception

The Reception

The Reception
(Introduction 2 of 22)

Starting in the Queen Street Reception looking at the floor near the desk you will see a series of gold circles called Quatrefoil motifs.These were added as part of the recent museum refurbishment.These particular motifs were influenced by the design of the Iron Bridge in Exeter and created by the in house RAMM design team.Look out for more Quatrefoil style motifs around the museum.

After looking at the motifs take the first left along the reception corridor and head to the Courtyard...

1 The Courtyard

1 The Courtyard

1 The Courtyard
(Introduction 3 of 22)

...Moving into the Courtyard and looking up at the café walls you will be able to see examples of Victorian brick work and design (notice the air vent) these were once the exterior walls of the museum.Another thing worth noticing is the red and purple rock with lots of tiny holes.That is Exeter 'trap', a stone that was once produced during volcano eruptions around Exeter.

Leaving the courtyard head towards Gallery 2 Down to Earth.Walk by the Lost Worlds fossil stones display and take the first right...

2 Down to Earth

2 Down to Earth

2 Down to Earth
(Introduction 4 of 22)

...Arriving in the main Gallery 2 Down To Earth and especially under your feet notice the wooden flooring called parquet.This is the original floor from when the museum was first built and has been preserved as part of the recent refurbishment.

After observing the floor head towards the doorway (surrounded by handaxes) that leads to Gallery 4 Making History...

3 Making History

3 Making History

3 Making History
(Introduction 5 of 22)

...Moving into Gallery 3 Making History look out for the pillars that support the museum.These are good examples of Victorian industrial design and were retained and unearthed in the recent refurbishment.

Staying in the Making History Gallery head towards the model of Exeter by Caleb Hedgeland...

4 Making History

4 Making History

4 Making History
(Introduction 6 of 22)

...Standing near by the model of Exeter look down towards the floor to see another interesting example of Victorian design.This old possible pipe cover that divides Gallery 3 and 4 was left as part of the refurbishment.

Leaving the Making History galleries behind head to the doorway that leads back to the Reception corridor...

Back to the Reception

Back to the Reception

Back to the Reception
(Introduction 7 of 22)

...Heading back to the reception look out for the marble pillars near the stair case and particularly the stone carvings that join the top.This is the work of a master sculptor and woodworker Harry Hems.
Learn more about Harry Hems here:
http://www.rammuseum.org.uk/collections/collectors/harry-hems-1842-1916

You won't need to go too far for the next part of the trail...

Queen Street Entrance

Queen Street Entrance

Queen Street Entrance
(Introduction 8 of 22)

...Stopping by the entrance and looking up the staircase you can see the life size statue of Prince Albert created by local sculptor Edward Bowring Stephens in 1868 as a gift to the new museum.

Continue on along the Reception corridor heading to Gallery 5 the Temporary Exhibition space...

5 Tempoary Exhibiton

5 Tempoary Exhibiton

5 Tempoary Exhibiton
(Introduction 9 of 22)

...Inside Gallery 5 there is another chance to view supporting pillars of Victorian industrial design.

After looking at the pillars go back on yourself out the doors turn left and head towards Gallery 2 Down to Earth and take the first left pass the timeline on the wall...

8 Viewpoint

8 Viewpoint

8 Viewpoint
(Introduction 10 of 22)

...Arriving in Viewpoint this is a good opportunity to have a breather and look through the windows into the reserve collection or read visitors comments and maybe leave a comment too.

After taking a break re-join the corridor turn left and head towards the stripy painting by contemporary artist Maria Lalic turn left again and walk up the stairs. Please note if required there is a lift which can be found in the Viewpoint area...

Reception and Shop

Reception and Shop

Reception and Shop
(Introduction 11 of 22)

...At the top of the stairs in the Reception and Shop area you can see more artwork by contemporary artist Maria Lalic.This was commissioned to enhance the building as part of the refurbishment.

Staying in the Reception and Shop area by the stairs go straight ahead towards the window...

Garden Entrance Reception and Shop

Garden Entrance Reception and Shop

Garden Entrance Reception and Shop
(Introduction 12 of 22)

...Looking out the window provides a nice view of the Roman wall outside.

After viewing the Roman wall turn around and head towards Gallery 10 Case Histories...

10 Case Histories

10 Case Histories

10 Case Histories
(Introduction 13 of 22)

...Re-joining the galleries once again Case Histories is home to one of RAMM's most loved object Gerald the Giraffe.When the museum was redeveloped the gallery lighting was intended to create dramatic effects.

Moving along from Case Histories cross the bridge into Gallery 11 Finders Keepers...

11 Finders Keepers

11 Finders Keepers

11 Finders Keepers
(Introduction 14 of 22)

...The refurbishment of RAMM saw some new developments whilst retaining and unearthing a lot of the original features and structures.In Finders Keepers look out for the old fireplace.

Continuing on from Finders Keepers head towards the doorway that leads to Gallery 12 World Cultures for the next part of the trail...

12 World Cultures

12 World Cultures

12 World Cultures
(Introduction 15 of 22)

...Looking up in the World Cultures gallery you can see thought has gone into developing blinds that stop the light from damaging the exhibits whilst blending in with the surroundings.

After looking up wander onwards through the World Cultures stage and head towards Gallery 15 Ancient Worlds...

15 Ancient Worlds

15 Ancient Worlds

15 Ancient Worlds
(Introduction 16 of 22)

...Arriving in Ancient Worlds it is possible to see more original Victorian metal design in the form of the balustrade.

After looking at the balustrade leave Ancient Worlds and head straight across to a very important Gallery 16 Sladen's study...

16 Sladen's Study

16 Sladen's Study

16 Sladen's Study
(Introduction 17 of 22)

...In Sladen's Study many of the objects displayed here wouldn't last long in the light pouring through the windows. Scrims (cloth blinds) are needed to reduce the high light levels. As well as protecting the displays and objects the scrims also create interesting silhouettes of the exterior architecture.

After Sladen's Study continue next door to Gallery 17 In Fine Feather...

17 In Fine Feather

17 In Fine Feather

17 In Fine Feather
(Introduction 18 of 22)

...In Fine Feather is a purposely made silhouette called Take Flight created by artist Michelle McKinney as part of the recent refurbishment.

Moving on from here head to the Landing for the next part of the trail...

Acland Coat of Arms

Acland Coat of Arms

Acland Coat of Arms
(Introduction 19 of 22)

...In the middle of the Landing is this interesting tablet in memory of Sir Thomas Dyke Acland who helped in the development of education in Exeter.

Remain where you are and turn around...

The Landing

The Landing

The Landing
(Introduction 20 of 22)

...Staying on the landing, here is a chance to see the 1868 statue of Prince Albert by local sculptor Edward Bowring Stephens through a Quatrefoil motif opening.Please be careful around this point.

Moving safely away from the landing head towards the stair case...

Stair Case Looking Up

Stair Case Looking Up

Stair Case Looking Up
(Introduction 21 of 22)

...Nearing the end of the trail head down the stairs, stop by the statue and look up to see another nice example of Victorian design. Please note if access is difficult to the stairs it is possible to view the sky light from the landing.

From the landing make your way back to the Queen Street Reception. If required there is a lift near Gallery 22...

The End

The End

The End
(Introduction 22 of 22)

...Finally back to the beginning and above the Queen Street entrance door a colourful mosaic commemorating the creation of RAMM in 1861.

We hope you have enjoyed the tour.

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Museum Architectural Trail

Looking beyond RAMM's collection the trail provides an opportunity to an artistic view to parts of the museum that may go unnoticed.

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