Staff at Exeter City Council's Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM) are celebrating after hearing that the Museum will receive a share of £20 million worth of funding.
It was announced today (24 January) that the RAMM and Plymouth City Museum and Arts Gallery have won a major Arts Council Award for future funding. The exact amount coming to Exeter and Plymouth is not yet known - it will be revealed in April - but it is understood to be a significant award.
The award is aimed at driving the development and delivery of excellence in museums, reaching out to more people and supporting innovation.
Cllr Greg Sheldon, Exeter City Council's Lead Councillor for Environment and Leisure, said the award was testiment to RAMM's position as one of the leading regional museums in the UK.
"It comes as no surprise that Exeter is listed among 16 of the country's best museums. This proves that Exeter is able to punch well and truly above its own weight.
"This is a wonderful accolade for the RAMM after its successful reopening just over a month ago, following a multi-million pound redevelopment by the City Council. Since reopening, more than 60,000 people have visited the now world class museum and this latest funding will allow RAMM to continue to flourish and attract and entertain our visitors."
The award also recognises innovative work at Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery,such as a recent prestigious British Art Show - an ambitious and influential exhibition of contemporary British art which only visited four major British cities.
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