Authenticity is our middle name
27 December 2010
RAMM is all about objects, people and their stories. We’re always arguing which is the most important but at heart we all know that they are all equally important and it’s just the focus that changes according to circumstance. The focus may change but we always try to keep it real.
RAMM isn’t just a collection of well kept objects with interesting pedigrees, it’s also a well oiled machine designed to make and develop relationships between the objects and people. Just as we like authentic artefacts with verifiable stories, even in our publicity, we like to use real people to illustrate the varied aspects of our work. Our visitors, present, future and potential, are central to our mission and, even though it presents with a unique set of problems, we like to use actual visitors to illustrate the wide range of activities and experiences that can be found at RAMM.
Some visitors don’t want to be bothered and some are put off by the forms. Not everyone is comfortable in front of a camera. Some people don’t want to see their picture in print and some are wary of the web. Most, however, enjoy helping and some love it. Tom, for example, was photographed dressing up at a family activity day. He was a natural model and we were as delighted with the results as he and his family were. Tom, now commonly called Napoleon, appeared on the website, in brochures and even in massive posters that appeared on bus stops throughout Exeter.