10 October 2014
Two new national studies have placed RAMM centre stage in making Exeter one of the most cultured cities in Britain. The city was ranked seventh out of 50 cities with populations over 50,000, according to analysis by a data team at the Manchester Evening News, and RAMM was identified as one of the 40 most praised and most fascinating must-see museums in the British Isles.
In their article about the Exeter’s success, the Express & Echo said “With the finest Decorated Gothic cathedral in England, an award-winning Royal Albert Memorial Museum, and an impressive arts scene – our city is the undisputed regional capital for culture.”
The 2014 Top Museum Worth Traveling For were published by FlipKey.com, a company of leading travel site TripAdvisor.
Did you know?
1. What the public say
• RAMM has welcomed 823,999 visitors since re-opening.
• The top three words used by Museum visitors to describe RAMM are ‘high quality, educational and family friendly’.
• RAMM holds a Trip Advisor, Certificate of Excellence with 90.8% rating ‘very good’/‘excellent’, making RAMM 4th in the city’s leading attractions.
• 94% of visitors say RAMM makes a vital contribution to the life of Exeter and the region.
• A University survey showed 90% of Exeter residents agreed that RAMM is important because it looks after objects for the local community.
2. Putting Exeter on the National Map
• Alongside its Museum of the Year 2012 award, the museum has also won ten other prizes including Visit Devon Gold Award 2012 Tourism.
• RAMM is one of the country’s 21 leading regional museum recognised by the Arts Council and bringing in £530k a year to the city.
3. Bringing in investment to the city
• In 13/14 RAMM generated £1.01m of funding from external sources such as trusts and foundations to support the council’s regular funding.
4. Supporting Business
• Visitors to the city who said RAMM was the primary reason for coming to Exeter spent £3.35m in the city.
• Visitors who visited RAMM alongside other places in Exeter spent £7.42m pa.
5. People get involved
• Last year 194 volunteers gave 14,597 hours of their time.
• From the University of Exeter to small community groups, RAMMs has worked on 64 large and small Partnership projects benefitting the city since reopening.