Securing our heritage this Giving Tuesday
30 November 2019
We want to say thank you to our supporters this International Giving Day (Tuesday 3 December). We are sharing with you how the time, money and expertise you give allows us to continue our important work.
Your support for heritage means that we can carry on caring for the one million+ objects in RAMM’s collections. It means we can secure them for the enjoyment and education of future generations. Our Conservation Team carry out much of this TLC, giving RAMM’s objects new leases of life!
Our Conservation Team benefit from support given by their student placements, volunteers and successful fundraising campaigns.
RAMM ran a successful fundraising campaign in 2016 to secure, conserve, research and display the Seaton Down Hoard. The hoard is the largest Roman coin hoard discovered here in Devon. It consists of 22,888 coins dating from AD 260 to AD 348. Once secured, the priority was to interpret the coins and make them accessible. This meant conservation!
The Conservation Team placed an emphasis on community engagement. Doing this was a way to thank those who had contributed to securing the hoard. Conservation workshops to clean 1% of the hoard were ran for A-level students and other community groups.
The workshops taught the importance of conserving archaeological metal finds. They also gave practical experience handling genuine Roman coins. One participant could clean one coin in one day of the workshop. But, they often needed further work to reveal all the detail! This shows the painstaking work our Conservation Team undertake every day.
Another successful fundraiser was for the conservation of ‘Ladysmith’ by Lucy Kemp-Welch. It raised over £5,000 which allowed for the painting’s complete conservation. This included conservation that RAMM could not do in-house. The final stages took place in the gallery to show what public generosity can achieve. Without your support, the pressure on RAMM’s ability to preserve our heritage for future generations would be even more immense!
Conserving the Dawlish Hoard is up next for the Conservation Team. The money you raised this year means that the hoard can receive specialist cleaning before it goes on display. This includes stabilising the bronze ingots and weapons.
Volunteers and student placements
The Conservation Team also value the time and expertise of their volunteers and student placements. Volunteering allows local people to get involved helping RAMM care for its collections. Student placements work with staff on a full range of conservation tasks. Their placements provide them with skills that will last them a lifetime!
Interested in getting involved yourself?
Thank you for your support given in recent years. Help us as we continue securing Devon’s heritage for future generations to come. Get involved or make a donation this Giving Tuesday.