Last Friday, Exeter’s RAMM museum hosted the first RAMM Lates. It was an evening of music, performance, storytelling and culture and we were thrilled to attend and experience a night at Exeter’s museum!
There was a great buzz on entering the museum, which had come alive with music from Jazz band Frisco Disco and the excited chatter of a very enthusiastic crowd.
We decided to start our evening at one of the two pop-up bars, indulging in a rather lovely cocktail. From there we had the chance to have a quick look round some of the permanent exhibitions, before settling in for the first of the evening’s events…
Storytelling with Clive Pig
In the atmospheric nook of the Egyptian Tomb, we took a seat to listen to storyteller Clive Pig. It was the first of three stories from Clive for the evening and we enjoyed it so much that we went back for more later. Clive’s subsequent stories were in the World Cultures gallery and he had us enthralled by the story of the Skeleton Woman and a tale of India. Each was a lively and dramatic performance and a great way to get into the spirit of the evening.
Exeter University’s World Music Choir and Breakdancing
One of the highlights of the evening, for us, was the performance by Exeter University students. The energetic combination of the World Music Choir and breakdancing society had the whole room entertained (and impressed).
Whilst at RAMM Lates we also took the chance to check out the Criminal Ornamentation exhibition. Described as ‘a riot of colour and pattern’, the mixed-media exhibition certainly didn’t fail to disappoint. We were pretty blown away by the scope and scale of the works on display. The exhibition included an Alexander McQueen sequined dress and nineteen-century wallpaper by William Morris.
The Criminal Ornamentation exhibition is at Exeter RAMM museum until 17 March 2019.
Exeter RAMM after dark!
As well as the programme of events, it was also great just to have a wander around the museum of an evening – especially with a drink in hand! There were plenty of opportunities to interact and have a go at different things, including printmaking with Double Elephant Print Workshop.
RAMM Lates reflections
What we loved most about the event was that it was a really varied experience, with many different things on offer. There was a lot of scope to pick and choose what you were interested in and focus on those events and performances. We also really enjoyed the overall feel of the event. It felt like a rare behind-the-scenes glimpse into a place you normally only see in the daytime. The incidental music and interactivities and the pop-up bars really added to this great atmosphere.
About RAMM Lates
RAMM Lates is a ticketed event (£5 each, adults only) and is planned to run a few times a year. Tickets are available from the RAMM website and future dates will be advertised on social media. The museum’s café and pop-up bars are also open throughout to purchase food and drink.
About Exeter RAMM
The Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Gallery is a free museum in the centre of Exeter. The museum is usually open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm.
Find out more at: Exeter RAMM Museum
Exeter RAMM kindly provided us with free tickets to experience the first RAMM Lates event. As always, all our reviews and write-ups are honest opinions and all views are our own.