RAMM – Museum of the Year 2012
20 June 2012
Praised by the judges for its ‘ambition and imagination’, the Royal Albert Memorial Museum was last night crowned ‘Museum of the Year’ and awarded the £100,000 Art Fund Prize for its redevelopment project.
Council Leader, Pete Edwards, said: “We are absolutely over the moon at winning the Art Fund prize. RAMM’s redevelopment has been a labour of love and shows what can be done when popular support is backed by the local council and aided by central government and the HLF. Together we’ve taken a great museum, made it even better, and now with this award have really put RAMM on the map
“This is an honour for the people of Exeter, Devon and the Southwest and I hope also a source of inspiration for all the far flung parts of Britain that like us have the ambition and drive to compete with the best. Exeter has a long and rich history which is well recorded in RAMM. It’s great that today it’s the museum that is making history.”
Chair of Judges, Lord Smith of Finsbury, said of the Museum, “The new Royal Albert Memorial Museum is quite simply a magical place. The Victorian aspirations to bring the world to Exeter are stunningly realised through some of the most intelligently considered displays on view in any museum in the UK. Every exhibit delights with a new surprise, and provokes with a new question, and at a time when local authority museums in particular are in such danger, this brilliant achievement proves how daring, adventurous and important such institutions can be.”