Tuesday 18 July at Matthews Hall: 12 noon (11.45 am Doors Open)
A Cracking Museum – the illustrated story of the refurbishment of RAMM 2008-2010.
By Alan Caig.
A Cracking Museum is made up of the extensive photographic archive of the project, from the “before” to the “after”, while the “during” shows just how far gone the building was when work began, including the massive crack where the back of the museum was sinking into a Norman ditch!
Alan Caig retired in 2011 as Head of Leisure and Museums at Exeter City Council. He describes it as the perfect job for someone who likes a bit of variety in their professional life, as his responsibilities included the Valley Parks, the Leisure Centres, the Ship Canal, Children’s Play and of course the Royal Albert Memorial Museum. He headed the team which wrote a successful £10m lottery bid and then managed the process of refurbishing and extending the building, and then installing a completely re-modelled set of galleries. He retired the week that the museum re- opened. The final product won the Art Fund Museum of the Year prize in 2012.