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Whatever the Weather

This artwork by Julian Grater forms part of the impressive Whatever the Weather exhibition at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery (RAMM) in Exeter.

Running from November 2015 to April 2016, the show explores humanity's relationship to the elements, drawing from the collections of the Met Office, National Trust, Arts Council, Royal Meteorological Society and RAMM.

As well as work from contemporary artists, the exhibition includes rain gods from the Americas, paintings by William Blake and  Samuel Palmer, stormy seascapes and ships in distress, private weather diaries, weathervanes, barometers, thermometers and various recording instruments.

The Met Office National Meteorological Library and Archive contributed Admiral FitzRoy's first ever weather forecast issued by the Met Office in 1861 and Beaufort's original table of wind strength (the Beaufort Scale) dating to 1810. The Met Office is also involved in the exhibition's wide-ranging programme of events, including family days and talks.

The exhibition's curator, Julien Parsons, explained: "It seems as if the weather is never far from our thoughts. We have tried to  combine art and science to tell a tale of our, sometimes, uneasy relationship with the weather and our quest to explain, understand and predict it over the millennia. We hope it inspires our visitors and encourages them to think about the future and what it may bring."