EXETER WINS NATIONAL AWARD FOR MUSEUM COLLECTIONS CARE Exeter's popular Royal Albert Memorial Museum has won national recognition and picked up yet another prestigious award. The Museum in Queen Street won the Collections Trust Best Practice Award for its care of the cityâ€™s collections. Exeterâ€™s Lead Councillor for Economy and Culture, Rosie Denham, expressed the local delight at winning "Coming from an organisation with so much experience in collections care and such a high international profile, we are truly honoured to receive this award. Winning Museum of the Year 2012 and gaining VAQAS certification has shown that we have succeeded in displaying the collections and welcoming visitors to the highest standards. This award shows that Exeter is also taking the lead in responsibly managing the cityâ€™s collections for the benefit of present and future generations." Described by the judges as â€œA really inspiring projectâ€ÂÂ, the entry focused on the museumâ€™s Collections Review. â€œIsnâ€™t this how all museums should work?â€ÂÂ they asked. RAMM is home to almost a million objects and support from Arts Council England has enabled the museum to take stock of this wealth of material. Wishing to unlock the collectionsâ€™ potential for learning, research and inspiration and to ensure that RAMMâ€™s collections will be enjoyed by generations to come, museum staff formulated a thorough collections review process and the entire collection is now being scrutinised. It is this thorough and innovative review process that particularly won the admiration of the judges. The Collections Trust is an independent charity with an international profile whose mission is to be the leading organisation in the management and use of collections and technology in museums, libraries and archives. It has nearly 40 years of experience working with the professional community, a commitment to excellence, and an unparalleled track-record of innovation. The Collections Trust Awards are presented annually to champion excellence in collections management. This yearâ€™s awards were presented at the OpenCulture 2013 conference reception at the Kia Oval last week (Tuesday 2 July). RAMM won the Best Practice Award, Beaney House of Art & Knowledge won the Participatory Practice Award and East Grinstead Museum won the Collections on a Budget Award. The judging panel was chaired by the Collection Trustâ€™s CEO Nick Poole and comprised: Fiona Talbott, Head of Museums, Libraries and Archives at the Heritage Lottery Fund; Nancy Groves, Editor of the Guardian Culture Professionals Network; Scott Furlong, Director, Acquisitions, Exports, Loans and Collections Unit at Arts Council England; and Nick Stanhope, CEO of Historypinâ€™s parent organisation We Are What We Do.
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