Claire Bailey – Development Officer
As the Development Officer I am looking at ways to help sustain RAMM’s services by gaining the support of the public, groups, businesses and grant giving organisations.
The origins of RAMM, were back in the 1860s dependent on the generosity of local people, a campaign was launched by Sir Stafford Northcote, one of Prince Albert’s Great Exhibition secretaries which rose £15,000 in public subscriptions, a considerable amount for the time.
In 2018 RAMM celebrates its 150th anniversary of being open to the public and the sense of support and affection people hold for the organisation is still strong.
Looking to the future we want to deepen that sense of support people feel for the museum, we will do this by growing our relationships and providing more opportunities for people to get involved.
RAMM is for everyone, it is a place that enhances people’s quality of life, a place of discovery and curiosity where people can find inspiration and find a sense of connection to the world around them.
Phone: 01392 265991
Address: Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Queen Street, Exeter EX4 3RX
How I ended up at RAMM
I, like so many people I meet, fell in love with RAMM when I was a child. Brought in by mum to marvel at the extraordinary objects. When I was studying for my degree in fine art, I worked on several projects which involved RAMM so when an opportunity arose to get a job here I jumped at the chance – mind you that was some time ago! I have worked in several different roles at RAMM over the years.
Best part of my job
Seeing and hearing what RAMM means to people, it truly is a special place.
A Funny thing happened…
When I realised I could fit into the children’s dress up bumble bee costumes.
The best thing about working in the Museum
It’s very difficult to just give one, but if I had to it would be the impact RAMM has on people’s lives, whether that is through finding comfort on one of the dementia friendly sessions, finding confidence through a mental health session, or just feeling part of the community as you walk through the galleries.
If you see me in the museum, ask me…
Have a chat with me, tell me what you think about RAMM, do you have a history with the place or is it a budding relationship? What did you enjoy? What excited you? As per our branding RAMM is ‘Home to a Million Thoughts’, I love to hear people’s stories and thoughts, it is what makes the place to come to life.