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Winning the 2012 Art Fund Prize and being crowned 'Museum of the Year', the Royal Albert Memorial Museum's recent redevelopment project was a roaring success.

The redevelopment of the Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM) in Exeter has taken about a decade to complete, from initial discussions with the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to the re-opening of the museum in December 2011. Before the project, RAMM was a well-performing regional museum attracting around 250,000 visitors a year, but many of the displays needed modernising and the building needed improved visitor access and facilities. The project cost almost 24 million pounds in total, with funds coming mainly from the HLF and Exeter City Council.

RAMM's collections are amongst the best In a regional museum in the UK, consisting of over one million individual objects and specimens from all over the globe. The exhibition design by Ralph Appelbaum Associates (RAA) has created a visually stunning voyage of discovery for visitors; galleries draw on a wide variety of collections to tell the history of the museum, its collectors and the stories behind our objects and specimens. Senior Collections Officer, Julien Parsons said "The staff at RAMM couldn't have prepared themselves for the public reaction to the new displays; over 100,000 visitors in the first 10 or so weeks. Some periods were to busy that the doors had to close because the building was at capacity!"

The design and quality of ClickNetherfield's showcases have allowed RAMM's display scheme to work so successfully.

Julien Parsons, Senior Collections Officer at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum

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Exhibition fact file

What's Inside

A wonderful and diverse collection consisting of over one million individual objects and specimens from all over the globe.

Museum

The Royal Albert Memorial Museum

Date

December 2011

Designer

Ralph Applebaum Design

Cases Used

Custom solutions, Inca Vista