Royal Albert Memorial Museum

Royal Albert Memorial Museum / Events / Sat 26 Oct 2013 to Sun 02 Mar 2014 (4 months)

West Country to World’s End…

West Country to World’s End…

During the Tudor Age the South West was famed for the innovation and endeavour of its people. Devon sea dogs Drake, Raleigh and Hawkins sailed to ‘World’s End’ in their pursuit of treasure and glory, Exeter’s Nicholas Hilliard produced exquisite miniature portraits of courtiers while fellow Exonian Thomas Bodley re-founded Oxford University’s library, later named the Bodleian in his honour.

These men lived during the religious turmoil and political intrigue of Elizabeth I’s reign – a time of opportunity for the merchants and traders of Devon. Many grew rich on the fruits of overseas trade and expressed their new status through fashionable houses, fine furnishings, decoration and valuable personal possessions. The demand for goods was met by a network of local craft workers: plasterers, masons, carpenters, lace-makers and goldsmiths. Aspects of their lives are revealed in a fascinating new RAMM research project funded by the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art.

RAMM is drawing together paintings, artefacts and documents from galleries, museums and record offices to tell the story of the South West and its people set against the backdrop of one of the most evocative periods in British history.

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