Platinum Jubilee

Platinum Jubilee

To celebrate Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee discover objects relating to royalty in RAMM's galleries using this trail.

Queen Elizabeth is the longest reigning monarch in England's history. She came to the throne 70 years ago - that's 7 years longer than Queen Victoria's reign.

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CASE HISTORIES - Cuvier's whale

CASE HISTORIES - Cuvier's whaleCuvier's whale

CASE HISTORIES - Cuvier's whale
(Stop 1 of 12)

Nearly 700 years ago, during the reign of King Edward II, all whales and sturgeon from UK waters became property of the king or queen. If caught, these 'royal fish' must be offered first to the reigning monarch due to their 'superior excellence' for eating. Whales (which are actually mammals, not fish) and sturgeon are now protected species.

This skeleton came from a Cuvier's whale that washed ashore at Exmouth in September 1987.

Case Histories Gallery, suspended from the ceiling.

FINDERS KEEPERS? - An Oba's crown

FINDERS KEEPERS? - An Oba's crownAn Oba's crown

FINDERS KEEPERS? - An Oba's crown
(Stop 2 of 12)

In the Yoruba culture, the ruler of a kingdom or a major town is called an Oba. The Oba will wear different types of beaded crowns, and this particular crown was worn on non-formal occasions. It reminds observers that the head of the Oba is sacred at all times; crowns symbolise his power and authority.

In the Yoruba language it is called an orikogbofo (oree-ko-bofo). This was likely worn by an Oba called Okukenu, who was the alake of Abeokuta.

Finders Keepers? Gallery, Townsend, display number 39

A photograph of the Queen

A photograph of the Queen

A photograph of the Queen
(Stop 3 of 12)

Sterling Henry Nahum took this photograph at Buckingham Palace on 12 March 1953. Known professionally as Baron, he was a personal friend to Prince Philip and Court Photographer to the Royal Family. The orders and jewellery worn by the Queen are symbolic and many have a very long history.

The sash and star-shaped brooch are the dark blue Riband and Star of the Order of the Garter – the oldest Order of Chivalry in the world.

On her head she wears the Diamond Diadem. King George IV commissioned it for his coronation in 1821. It is made from 1,333 diamonds set in silver and gold that form the national emblems of the thistle, rose and shamrock. Many other queens have worn this diadem.
The diamond brooch on her shoulder is part of a wedding gift from her grandmother, Queen Mary. It is part of a much larger piece of jewellery that Queen Mary commissioned in 1920 using diamonds from two of her own wedding gifts (one given to her by the Maharajah of Kapurthala and the other a brooch from the town of Swansea).

Her necklace is known as City of London necklace because it was a wedding present from the Lord Mayor of London and officials from various banks and financial institutions.

(An illustration is used here because RAMM does not own copyright for this photograph).

Courtyard, bridge level, top right

Chess pieces

Chess piecesKing chess piece

Chess pieces
(Stop 4 of 12)

The game of chess has its origins nearly 1500 years ago in India in a game called chaturanga. As chess spread around the world the rules and pieces changed dramatically. Originally the game was thought of as a field of battle. But as the game spread across Europe in the mid 12th century the pieces took inspiration from a royal court instead of an army. Pieces which had once included elephants, cavalry and chariots became the kings, queens, knights, bishops, rooks and pawns we are familiar with today.

The Martin Brothers of Southall, London made this salt-glazed king, queen and bishop in about 1901. Modelling these intricate figures took a lot of time and were usually sold at financial loss.

Purchased with assistance from the V&A Purchase Grant and the National Art Collections Fund (Art Fund)

Courtyard, Bridge level, left

FLY ON THE WALL - Queen Alexandra's butterfly

FLY ON THE WALL - Queen Alexandra's butterflyMale Queen Alexandra's birdwing butterfly

FLY ON THE WALL - Queen Alexandra's butterfly
(Stop 5 of 12)

In 1907 British zoologist Walter Rothschild named these rare butterflies from Papua New Guinea Troides alexandrae in honour of Queen Alexandra. She was the wife of King Edward VII and daughter of the King of Denmark.

The male is brightly coloured. The brown females are the largest butterflies in the world with a wing span of nearly 30cm.

They look similar to a birdwing butterfly named after Queen Victoria in 1856, so naming it after her daughter-in-law seemed very appropriate.

Fly on the wall gallery, right hand butterfly panel.

IN FINE FEATHER - King penguin

IN FINE FEATHER - King penguinKing penguin

IN FINE FEATHER - King penguin
(Stop 6 of 12)

It's all about size! When John Miller named the king penguin in 1778 it was the largest penguin species known to western science (around 90cm tall), hence this choice of common name.

66 years later George Gray described another new species. It looked very similar to the king penguin but quite a bit larger at around 1.2m. It is commonly known as the emperor penguin.

Fossils from Antarctica have revealed an even bigger species of penguin once swam the seas. It stood at an enormous 1.6m – around the height of an adult human!

In Fine Feather gallery, display number 68

MAKING HISTORY - Lace coat of arms

MAKING HISTORY - Lace coat of armsLace coat of arms

MAKING HISTORY - Lace coat of arms
(Stop 7 of 12)

This is Queen Victoria's royal coat of arms made in lace. It includes plants and animals that symbolise parts of the United Kingdom: lions and a Tudor rose for England, a lion, thistle and unicorn for Scotland, and a harp and shamrocks for Ireland.

Businesses that supply the royal household with goods or services can be granted a Royal Warrant. This is a prestigious mark of approval and allows them to display the royal coat of arms. In 1837 Esther Clarke of Honiton was appointed Honiton Lace Manufacturer in ordinary to Queen Victoria. Her firm made this coat of arms in lace.

Today there are around 800 Royal Warrant holders who can display Queen Elizabeth's coat of arms.

Making History Wall, 19th Century, display number 5

MAKING HISTORY - Wooden frieze

MAKING HISTORY - Wooden friezeface of a queen

MAKING HISTORY - Wooden frieze
(Stop 8 of 12)

Merchants displayed their wealth by decorating the fronts of their houses with carvings. This wooden frieze is from a house in Exeter's Fore Street around 450 years ago. There are flowers, scrolls of foliage mixed with strange beasts and human figures. You might be able to spot mermaids and a king and a queen.

Making History, wall, Tudor & Stuart, display number 57

MAKING HISTORY: A regal roof boss

MAKING HISTORY: A regal roof bossregal roof boss

MAKING HISTORY: A regal roof boss
(Stop 9 of 12)

Look up! Exeter church restorer, Harry Hems, built up a huge collection of carved medieval woodwork to inspire his team of carvers. These roof bosses once covered the joints between the beams of a vaulted church roof. Most of the carvings are of flowers or leaves but you should be able to spot a king staring down at you.

MAKING HISTORY, Wall, Medieval, display number 72

MAKING HISTORY - Queen's head

MAKING HISTORY - Queen's headQueen's face carved in stone

MAKING HISTORY - Queen's head
(Stop 10 of 12)

One of a pair of carved stone heads reused in a fireplace of a house in Membury (East Devon). Unfortunately, the king is now lost. They may have come from Membury parish church.

Making History, Wall, Medieval, display number 66

MAKING HISTORY - Penny with the face of a King

MAKING HISTORY - Penny with the face of a KingPenny with the face of the King

MAKING HISTORY - Penny with the face of a King
(Stop 11 of 12)

This Saxon penny is one of the earliest coins in RAMM's galleries to show the King of England's face. It was issued by King Eadgar and minted in Totnes. Also known as Eadgar the Peaceful he reigned from 959 to 975.

His coronation took place at Bath Abbey in a service devised by Saint Dunstan. Dunstan's service laid the foundation for the way coronations are conducted today.

Making History, wall, Medieval, display number 124

Royal souvenirs

Royal souvenirsRoyal souvenirs

Royal souvenirs
(Stop 12 of 12)

In these windows are souvenirs from events during Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's reign including a model of the State Coach which made for a very uncomfortable ride, a 69 year old crisp packet and a catalogue of coronation fashions.

Viewpoint windows

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My Platinum Jubilee Notes

Platinum Jubilee

Platinum Jubilee

To celebrate Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee discover objects relating to royalty in RAMM's galleries using this trail.

Queen Elizabeth is the longest reigning monarch in England's history. She came to the throne 70 years ago - that's 7 years longer than Queen Victoria's reign.

The more you look, the more you see! There are many objects in RAMM's galleries with royal connections. Some are obvious, others less so. Discover royal fish, faces and emblems on your journey along this trail.

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