Research Collection Category

George Montagu 's specimens of Onoba semicostata

George Montagu’s Molluscs – Type Specimens at RAMM

New research by Dr Graham Oliver, staff at RAMM and at the Natural History Museum, London has identified type and potential type material in shell collections once belonging to Colonel George Montagu. Colonel George Montagu (1753-1815) is one of the British naturalists who established the foundation of modern scientific study. Montagu identified many British animal species for […]

Read More
The curator is showing Mr Milverton, a man in a wheelchair, a ceramic cup in the museum store.

Devon Art Pottery

Over the past year some new research has been carried out on one area of RAMM’s ceramic collection: the pottery made in local Devon workshops in the 19th and early 20th Centuries. This popular ‘Art Pottery’ was produced in Torbay, Newton Abbot, Bovey Tracey and Exeter, and RAMM has a great range of pots, tableware […]

Read More

Poor Man’s Gold

One of the most exciting things about being a textile conservator is that it allows one to closely observe the way an item is constructed and what it is made from. Often there is a surprise in store particularly when an unusual material is used. In 2011 when RAMM reopened after its redevelopment a stunning […]

Read More
Colour photograph of Exeter University's Forum building, with two students walking past

Museums and Universities

Recognising our strengths Conversations between museum staff and universities are becoming more frequent. The academics realise that public impact is key to the success of their research projects, and they know museums are ideally placed to provide it. Equally, museum curators realise they no longer have the time to carry out research, and universities are […]

Read More
Page 3 Utagawa (Gountei) Sadahide

Japanese triptych book

The interpretation of each scene of RAMM's Japanese triptych book has been kindly provided by Dr Clare Pollard, Curator of Japanese Art at the Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford.

Read More
a small red figure ware wine jug called an oinochoe or chous.

MA research on a little-known RAMM object

RAMM’s research collection allows the museum’s curators to highlight research opportunities from the collections. Putting collections information online also means researchers can discover objects of interest. Recently, an enquiry from an MA researcher led to RAMM gaining new information about an object. The object RAMM received an enquiry about the dimensions of a small red figure […]

Read More