RAMM secures major grant
17 January 2017
RAMM will redisplay the World Cultures gallery with a new £190,000 grant from DCMS/Wolfson Museums and Galleries Improvement Fund. The award was one of the £4 million grants announced by Matt Hancock, Minister of State for Digital and Culture, today.
Councillor Paul Bull, Exeter City Lead Councillor for Communities and Culture, said “Exeter is proud to have one of the country’s best World Cultures collections. We are ambitious in our desire to make Exeter’s collections widely accessible, informative and enjoyable for visitors. We are grateful to the DCMS Wolfson fund for helping us share this national asset.”
World Cultures: a designated collection
RAMM’s World Cultures galleries were opened in 1999 after the ethnographic collection was awarded Designation status in recognition of the range and quality of objects from Africa, the Americas, Asia, the Middle East and the islands of the Pacific Ocean.
Redisplaying the collection
The grant will upgrade the galleries to match the 2007 to 2011 refurbishment that won RAMM the Museum of the Year Award in 2012. With the introduction of new showcases, 30% more of the collection will be on show, including Asian costume, African carving and beadwork, and star objects in changing displays at the entrance. Increasing interactivity in the galleries will help engage families and young people with the central themes of diversity, society, faith, environment and identity. New interpretative material will increase engagement and better ventilation and lighting will improve access and enjoyment.
The newly re-furbished galleries will be ready in 2018, the 150th anniversary of the museum’s public opening and 20th anniversary of the World Cultures collection being designated a collection of national importance.
DCMS/Wolfson support for the Southwest
Nationally 39 museums and galleries across England will benefit from grants totalling £4 million. Museums in the Southwest are well represented with eight museum securing £840,000 funding. These include Royal Cornwall Museum Truro, Russell Cotes Art Gallery & Museum in Bournemouth, SS Great Britain in Bristol and Tate St Ives.