The museum behind it: RAMM – The Royal Albert Memorial Museum
We recently received a large grant from the John Ellerman Regional Museums and Galleries Fund to carry out this project, proposed by our Natural History Curator Holly Morgenroth. We are being supported by the Natural History Museum and have been inviting other museums and institutions to join us to help make this project happen.
The people behind it
Holly Morgenroth – Natural History Curator at RAMM
In 2009 I graduated from the University of Leicester with an MSc in Museum Studies and as part of this I undertook an 8 week work placement at RAMM helping with family education events, digital media and natural history.
My first museum job was a 6 month contract with National Museum Wales, Cardiff, as a Curatorial Assistant working on a collection of marine worms – sorting, documenting and conserving the specimens. After this I was lucky enough to return to RAMM in April 2010 as the Assistant Curator of Natural History to help with the redevelopment. Although this was initially only a 5 month contract I am still here and became Curator of Natural History in December 2012.
I came up with the idea of the HMS Challenger project and was successful when going through the grant application process which has brought us where we are today!
Heather davies – Museum trainee at Ramm
I am Heather, a new museum trainee at RAMM and will be writing most of the blog for you to read! I came to Exeter from St Andrews up in Scotland where I worked as a museum assistant in a small natural history museum. I spent my time looking after the main collections in storage and then luckily managed to get a job down here. Now in Exeter, my main role here at RAMM is to work on the HMS Challenger project.
Rick Lawrence – Digital Media Officer at RAMM
I joined RAMM in 2008 to implement it’s online presence project. This included the museum website, revamped Exeter Time Trail and World Cultures websites. I lead on software interactives in the 2008 to 2012 redevelopment of RAMM and created RAMM’s social media channels to raise the museum’s profile. I am working on the digital side of the HMS Challenger project – helping to get the website, software and database up and running.