Updated 31st October 2011
As a student on an art course at Dartington College in the late 1970s, I was required to do a three week placement in the community or a workplace. I chose a museum, and Dartington arranged a place at the RAMM, working with Lucy Harding the Education Officer at the time. These photographs were taken during the three weeks in October 1979. And I didn't even take a photo of Gerald!
school group visit
This is a party of children who were being shown around the museum by Lucy Harding, the Museum Education Officer at the time. They would return to the schoolroom and draw and paint, or write about, objects that they had seen in the galleries.
This gallery, named after Walter Percy Sladen who lived in Northbrooke Lodge from 1897 to 1901 did, and still does display many marine specimens prepared by Sladen. This case displays an old fashined hourglass, amongst other things.
Another view of the Sladen Gallery shows the bespoke cabinets that were specially made at a cost of £500 in 1903. Strangely, I had forgotten this image when I took an almost identical photo last November which appears in the Last Days of the RAMM page.
Exeter silver, especially spoons, are a popular item on Ebay. The museum had a large collection on display in 1979, which I don't recall seeing in the last few years. I could make a fortune with this lot!
Glass House Lane is named after a glass bottle factory in the area that existed from 1681 until 1793. I don't recall if these bottles were from the works, but I suspect some where.
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