About RAMM FAQs
John Hayward won an architectural competition to design the new building. He was an important figure in the Gothic Revival School of the South West. The design was strongly influenced by the work of John Ruskin who advocated using a variety of contrasting building materials. Hayward made the building itself educational by drawing on a variety of local stone. Including the local grey Chudleigh limestone, the characteristic purple Pocombe stone with white veins of calcite quarried from nearby St Thomas, as well as bath stone and sandstone from Bishops Lydeard.
In 1887 it was decided to celebrate the Jubilee of Victoria by building another wing to front on to Upper Paul Street. This was opened by the Duke and Duchess of York in 1899 and is still known as York Wing. It was on this occasion that the Institution was granted the right to add the word Royal to the Albert Memorial in its title.
The building opened to the public in 1868, but museum collections were already being amassed. Almost as soon as the building was finished, pressure for space became a problem, leading to a number of extensions. Additions came in 1884 and 1891, and more substantially in 1895 through the Kent Kingdon bequest.
You can find out about all the materials used to build the museum on the Origins of RAMM page
Could you please give me the hyper-link to the layout plan of the new museum. I can't find it under "Visiting Us" or "About RAMM" which is strange. I plan to come to Exeter soon but would like to know where all the rooms are so I can plan my visit. Thank you.
The floor plan is now on the Visting use section of the website: http://www.rammuseum.org.uk/web/data/rammfloorplan_1.pdf
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