Saturday 19 April 2014
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Exeter's Royal Albert Memorial Museum re-opens

The Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM) has opened its doors to the public for the first time in four years following a £24 million refurbishment.

Golden ticket holders queue to be the first in. Photo: RAMM.Today (15 December 2011) the Victorian building on Queen Street opened to the public after being repaired, refurbished and extended.

Original architectural features have been revealed, allowing visitors to experience the splendour of the original Victorian spaces and the extension includes a suite of modern, flexible exhibition galleries allowing RAMM to bring to the South West prestigious loans and exhibitions from national partners.

Meanwhile, a mew garden entrance links the Victorian museum to its historic surroundings and the neighbouring gardens. The area is one of only five sites classified by English Heritage as an Area of Archaeological Importance.

The main building contractors for RAMM’s multimillion pound transformation were BAM Construction, while the exhibition fit-out was led by the Newton Abbot-based Benbow Group and sub-contractors Click Netherfield have installed display cases at the museum.

Over 1,500 golden tickets holders enjoyed a sneak preview of the new exhibitions and displays yesterday, on the 150th anniversary of the death of Prince Albert.

Here’s a selection of the first impressions:

“I can’t tell you what a treat it is to be able to get around a building without obstacles. It’s been well thought out and will be a treat for disabled visitors,” said Mike Ellis, manager of Shopmobility Exeter after a museum tour on their largest mobility scooter.

“I particularly like the way RAMM has reclaimed the Victorian building and picked out the architectural décor in stunning fashion,” said Judie Yung, Art Fund.

“It’s fantastic. It was a little tired and provincial before but not now. It’s the sort of museum you’d expect to find in London,” said Jenna, University of Exeter.

In the short video below, project staff, visitors and partners talk about the redevelopment project.

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