Leave a gift in your will
Thank you for considering leaving a gift in your will to RAMM
What does RAMM mean to you?
RAMM means so many things to so many different people.
RAMM is ‘home to a million thoughts’. People come to discover, be inspired, have fun, find peace and feel connected to the world around them.
From an elaborately carved single grain of rice, to the iconic Gerald the giraffe who has been a favourite for generations of local families – each gallery brings a fresh discovery for new and regular visitors. The extraordinary and eclectic collection of well over 1 million objects is at the heart of everything RAMM does. It needs your support to help protect its future.
RAMM is a much-loved museum which holds a special place in people’s hearts. Once you have taken care of your loved ones in your will, why not also consider supporting the causes that mean something special to you.
Generosity spanning over 150 years
For over 150 years RAMM has collected, conserved and shared the world-class collection it houses. It tells awe inspiring stories of local history and global exploration, of the people who brought the world to Exeter and Exeter to the world.
RAMM has always been the people’s museum. Its origins were only made possible thanks to the generosity of the public who gave land, collections and funds. Will you become a part of RAMM’s history by supporting its future?
What difference would a gift in your will make
Gifts in wills are crucial to RAMM’s future. No matter the size, your gift will have a lasting impact.
Unrestricted gifts are especially valuable to RAMM, as these can be used to support the museums greatest needs.
Your personal gift could be used to support:
- Caring for Exeter’s collection of over 1 million objects
- Curatorial time, including research which brings the collections to life
- Ensuring RAMM is for everyone by supporting learning and accessibility projects
- Gallery improvements to make sure they stay engaging and up-to-date
- Inspiring future generations to discover, spark ideas and connect to the world around them
- Purchasing important objects which help tell the rich stories of Exeter and its global links
If you prefer to leave a restricted gift, one where you specify what it should be used for, these are also very much appreciated.
How to leave a financial gift in your will to RAMM
RAMM is supported by two independent charities, these are:
If you would like to leave a gift in your will to support RAMM, they should be left to one or both of these charities. Both are run by dedicated volunteers who are committed to making sure your gift will support RAMM in the most effective way.
Writing a will does not have to be complicated, but we do recommend you consult a solicitor. If you choose to, you can find a local firm using Find a Solicitor, a free service offered by the Law Society.
A solicitor can make sure your will reflects your wishes. They can give you peace of mind that your loved ones will benefit before any charities you may choose to support. They can also advice on how a charitable gift could reduce your inheritance tax.
If you already have a will you don’t need to start again. If you do decide that you would like to add a cause you feel passionate about in the future. Just ask your solicitor about making a codicil, which is a simple amendment to your existing will.
Some people choose to leave a gift of a fixed sum of money or shares, this is called a pecuniary gift. RAMM recently received a gift of future royalties from a local author.
Others choose to leave a gift of all, or a percentage of their estate, like the late Mr John Wilson of Torqauy, who generously decided to support a number of local and national cultural organisations in his will. This type of gift is called a residuary gift. It is the most flexible way of supporting RAMM, as the value of your gift will adjust with the value of your estate over time.
How to leave an object in your will to RAMM
If you are thinking about gifting an object to RAMM, it is important to get in touch with us beforehand using the contact details below. We can then arrange for one of our curators to advise you on whether RAMM is able to accept the gift when the time comes. All objects accepted into the collection must fall within the remit of the museum’s current Collections Development Policy.
The museum has a responsibility to protect all the objects it looks after in trust for the public. If you are leaving a special object to RAMM, please also consider whether you might be able to leave a pecuniary or residuary gift to support RAMM with this responsibility.
Share your future intentions, if you feel it is appropriate
We understand that a person’s will is a very personal document. If you feel it is appropriate to let us know about your future plans please do get in touch. It is helpful to know about any gifts that are being left to support RAMM. It also means we can discuss whether you wish to be publicly acknowledged for your kindness, or whether you prefer to remain anonymous. We can also make sure that we stay in touch about what is happening at RAMM.
Thank you for considering becoming a part of RAMM’s story by leaving a gift in your will.
A gift in your will is a gift to the future. It will support RAMM and make sure that people can continue to enjoy the ‘home to a million thoughts’, long into the future.
Thank you, your support is truly valued, from the whole RAMM team.
If you would like to discuss leaving a gift in your will to support RAMM’s future, please contact Claire.
Post: Claire Bailey, Development Officer, RAMM, Queen Street, Exeter EX4 3RX
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 01392 265991