Spotlight on... Royal Albert Memorial Museum

  • 9 March 2012

We spoke to the oldest museum on this year's Art Fund Prize longlist to find out its tips for living a long life...

Interior of the Royal Albert Memorial Museum

Interior of the Royal Albert Memorial Museum

The Royal Albert Memorial Museum has served Exeter since the Victorian period, and thanks to a recent facelift it's looking as fresh as when it first opened. We spoke to the oldest museum on this year's Art Fund Prize longlist to find out its tips for living a long life…

Age: 144, but looking much better after recent surgery.

Describe yourself in three words: inviting, enlightening and surprising.

What is your most treasured possession? My individuality. I mean, where else can you see a giraffe and a harpsichord together?

Your most famous visitor is? All my visitors are VIPs… I’ve entertained them all, from Thomas Hardy to David Attenborough.

What is your best success? Where else can a notebook become a home to a million thoughts?

Any museum pets? Gerald the giraffe. He eats nothing and doesn’t need cleaning out at the end of the day.

One thing that could make you better is... even more opening hours to cope with all my visitors.

You have a museum crush on... the Pitt Rivers, but I’ve moved on.

What do you most dislike about your appearance? It would be great to stop the traffic in Queen Street so you could stand back and drool over my fabulous Victorian frontage.

You’re most happy when… my galleries are buzzing with happy visitors.

Tell the judges why the Royal Albert Memorial Museum should win the Art Fund Prize 2012.

See the rest of the Art Fund Prize 2012 longlist.