Arts Council England
Renaissance Major Grants Programme
A partnership between the peninsula’s principal cities, Exeter and Plymouth, has resulted in the two being recognised by the Arts Council England’s Renaissance Major Grants Programme. Exeter and Plymouth join 15 other major partners who will together receive approximately £20 million a year in funding for three years: 2012 to 2015.
The award is aimed at driving the development and delivery of excellence in museums, reaching out to more people and supporting innovation.
Museum Development Fund
A partnership of the Royal Albert Memorial Museum Exeter, Bristol Museums, Galleries and Archives, Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery and the South West Federation of Museums and Art Galleries is one of the nine successful applicants to Arts Council England’s Museum development fund.
This innovative partnership will receive £1,192,000 between 2012 and 2015 to provide a network of professional advice to all museums in the South West region, particularly supporting smaller museums. Their priority will be to improve the sustainability and resilience of the museums sector, helping to maximise benefits to audiences and communities.
Museum development funds will target areas of work that will increase the resilience and sustainability of these museums. Programmes of work will include business planning, workforce development, attracting new audiences and organisational improvement.
Heritage Lottery Fund
The Heritage Lottery Fund has contributed nearly £10million to Exeter City Council's £15million redevelopment project that will allow RAMM to grow and develop to meet 21st Century needs and maintain its position as Exeter's No. 1 attraction. RAMM's redevelopment project
The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) enables communities to celebrate, look after and learn more about our diverse heritage. They fund the entire spread of heritage - including buildings, museums, natural heritage and the heritage of cultural traditions and language.
Designation Challenge Fund
The MLA's Designation Scheme has identified RAMM's World Cultures collection as a pre-eminent collection of national and international importance. The collection has benefited from the Designation Challenge Fund (DCF) which supports improved management and accessibility of these collections. Projects have included joint exhibitions at Plymouth and Stroud museums and work with local schools and universities to link the display into the curriculum themes of citizenship and identity.
Linking RAMM's new Garden Entrance to Rougemont Gardens and placing the Roman Wall in a perfect setting is a new informal open area – the Garden – which is for picnics, live events, and quiet repose. This area was made possible by funding from Viridor Credits, an independent, not-for-profit organisation which provides funding for community, heritage and biodiversity projects around the UK through the Landfill Communities Fund.
Since 2003 RAMM has secured funding for a range of activities including:
- RAMM's major development project
- purpose-built collections store
- reinterpretation of St Nicholas Priory
- special exhibitions
- new acquisitions
- community projects
Sources of funding include:
- Heritage Lottery Fund
- Exeter City Council
- Growth Point
- Garfield Weston Foundation
- DCMS/Wolfson Foundation Museums and Galleries Improvement Fund Designation Challenge Fund
- Big Lottery Fund
- Arts Council England
- V&A Purchase Grant Fund
- The Art Fund
- Pilgrim Trust
- Esmee Fairbairn Foundation
- Victoria and Albert Museum
- British Museum
- Friends of Exeter Museums and Art Gallery