20.06.12 – The three other shortlisted museums were Hepworth Wakefield, Scottish National Portrait Gallery and Watts Gallery in Surrey.
Founded in 1868 in memory of Queen Victoria’s husband, RAMM reopened last year after a £24 million refurbishment. The museum has amassed over one million individual objects over its 144-year history and has extensive collections of antiquities, ethnography, natural history and decorative and fine arts.
Chaired by Lord Smith of Finsbury, the Prize judging panel included Professor Jim Al-Khalili OBE, theoretical physicist, author and broadcaster; Charlotte Higgins, Guardian journalist and author; Lucy Worsley, Chief Curator at Historic Royal Palaces, author and broadcaster; Sir Mark Jones, Master at St Cross College, Oxford and former V&A Director; Rick Mather, architect; and Lisa Milroy, artist and Head of Graduate Painting at the Slade School of Fine Art.
Tweets of congratulations came flooding through to @RAMM:
“Congratulations. I actually cried in your museum. In a good way. It’s simply WONDERFUL” Charlotte Higgins tweeted.
“…thanks for all the support from #exeter + beyond” @RAMM replied, “we worked very hard to give you a museum to be proud of.“
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