Royal Albert Memorial Museum wins Art Fund Prize 20/6/2012

Royal Albert Memorial Museum wins Art Fund Prize  

The Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM) in Exeter has won this year's £100,000 Art Fund Prize for Museums and Galleries.  Judges praised the ambition and imagination of the museum's £24m transformation project.  Chair of Judges, Lord Smith of Finsbury, said of the Museum, “The new Royal Albert Memorial Museum is quite simply a magical place. The Victorian aspirations to bring the world to Exeter are stunningly realised through some of the most intelligently considered displays on view in any museum in the UK. Every exhibit delights with a new surprise, and provokes with a new question, and at a time when local authority museums in particular are in such danger, this brilliant achievement proves how daring, adventurous and important such institutions can be.”

Whitworth Art Gallery and Leicestershire County Council Heritage and Arts Service have each been presented £10,000 as joint winners of the Clore Award for Museum Learning 2012.  The double award reflects the outstanding quality of the shortlisted programmes and the Clore Duffield Foundation’s desire to celebrate innovation in museum learning. Art Fund Prize   RAMM