Camilla Hampshire, Museums Manager & Cultural Lead
My job title is fairly self-explanatory but this simple phrase covers a huge range of activity associated with our very active and diverse organisation. Orchestrating the efforts and specialised skills of the various teams within RAMM is a big part of my role, as well as developing our service and nurturing relationships with external partners. I also need to ensure that the Museums meet expectations of funders, other stakeholders and, most importantly, our visitors. This means ensuring RAMM meets Museum Accreditation standards, the Code of Ethics published by the Museums Association and the management and maintenance of a Designated Collection (our World Cultures collection) – but it also means listening carefully to the feedback from our visitors. We are always looking for ways to improve our service so like to hear from our users and we hope that this new website will make it easier for you to contact us and let us know what you think.
How I ended up at RAMM
I started my working life in museums aged 16 as a volunteer repacking costume collections in Yorkshire. So, post university, embarking on a curatorial career seemed a natural choice. I have worked in this role in various museums up and down the country, most recently in Sheffield where I was also the Project Officer for the Millennium Galleries which opened in 2001. Now having seen through RAMM’s redevelopment I could never have guessed that construction drawings, concrete, drains and wiring routes has consequently become an interest only secondary to collections.
Best part of my job
Seeing excited, happy visitors enjoying the Museum and all that it can offer to stimulate and feed curious minds and imagination.
A funny thing happened …
That I am here after first visiting RAMM in 1986. I remember being incredibly impressed by the distinctive building, outstanding collections and dedicated staff.
The best thing about working in the Museum
No two days are alike, there is always a new project around the corner whether it’s a facilities improvement; new exhibition; research opportunity; community partnership or acquisition for the collections. I enjoy the infinite variety and challenge, not to mention the surprises this brings.
If you see me in the Museum, ask me …
How you can become involved as a volunteer, friend or supporter of RAMM.