Activities at Exeter’s Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery (RAMM) using the museum and its objects to boost people’s wellbeing were recognised last week with an award from Arts & Health South West, an umbrella group promoting and supporting arts activities to benefit people’s health.
Like RAMM, Arts & Health South West believes that the arts, creativity and the imagination are agents of wellness, helping keep the individual resilient, aiding recovery and fostering a flourishing society. RAMM’s wellbeing programme uses the museum collections to help people make the most of life regardless of the challenges they face. During 2015, RAMM worked with people with dementia and their carers, people with mental health issues and people learning English or improving their literacy skills.
RAMM was one of only six West Country organisations to win Highly Commended. First prize went to the creator of an animated film about anaesthesia for children about to undergo operations and second prize to a community choir network in the Isle of Wight.
RAMM’s dementia-friendly activities are part of its public programme. There is a dementia-friendly tour of the International Garden Photographer of the Year exhibition ion Wednesday 22 June, 10.30 to 12.30. On Thursday 7 July, 2 to 4pm, there is a chance to touch and talk about objects reflecting summertime, from starfish to bees, paintings and sunhats. Further sessions are planned for Thursday 4 August and Wednesday 28 September. All the activities are designed to be enjoyable for both people with dementia, who must be accompanied, and carers. Tickets can be booked and parking spaces reserved by calling 01392 265960 or visiting RAMM’s Garden reception.
For more information contact Rob Mackenzie, Marketing Assistant, on 01392 265317 or [email protected] or Steve Upsher, ECC Media Relations Officer, on 01392 265103.
The Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery (RAMM) is one of Exeter City Council’s flagship services. RAMM is also supported using public funding by Arts Council England.
Stunning displays reveal Devon and Exeter’s rich history and global connections. Exotic animals, birds and insects delight children and a changing programme of exhibitions and events means there is likely to be something different to see on every visit. Free entry gives everyone the freedom to visit many times and to stay any length of time.
Awards and standards include Museum of the Year 2012, the Arts Council Designation Scheme, Devon Visitor Attraction of the Year 2012, Collections Trust Best Practice Award 2013, RIBA South West Special Award for Conservation and Building of the Year 2013, the Accreditation Scheme for Museums in the United Kingdom, Inspiring Learning for All, 2012 Silver Tourist Attraction Award in the South West and Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2015.
The Royal Albert Memorial Museum &Art Gallery is in Queen Street, Exeter EX4 3RX. Phone 01392 265858. Web: www.exeter.gov.uk/RAMM Email: [email protected] or www.facebook.com/RAMMuseum and twitter.com/RAMMuseum.
Free admission. Open 10am to 5pm Tuesday to Sunday. Closed Mondays and bank holidays.
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