Welcome back , you are logged in

World Cultures Galleries are closed for redevelopment
this is a test ticker
Gallery 20 will be closed from Friday 1 Dec until noon Saturday 2 December
Cabinets of Curiosity

Cabinets of Curiosity

Case study: Cabinets of Curiosity

RAMM worked with the local Youth Inclusion and Support Panel on a project inspired by 17th-century cabinets of curiosity.

The challenges

  • How does a museum appeal to young people and their parents who have never been inside one?
  • What impact can a museum have on the lives of young people who are considered to be at high risk of offending and anti-social behaviour?
  • How can a museum work alongside youth services?

The background

RAMM has developed a good relationship with various public sector services for young people since 2010, including the local Youth Inclusion and Support Panel (YISP). YISP is one of around 220 multi-agency planning groups set up around the country to prevent anti-social behaviour by working with young people and their families.

The museum presents itself as an adaptable tool which can help organisations in other sectors – such as youth, wellbeing and healthcare – to achieve their aims. RAMM is not a specialist youth service, but museum staff are passionate about the power of using objects and their stories to talk about life and our place in the world.

This project grew out of conversations started at a Think Big! event organised by RAMM in 2010 to invite alliances with new and interesting partners who support vulnerable people in and around Exeter.

The project

The project was inspired by 17th-century cabinets of curiosity, which displayed a collection of objects valued for their uniqueness and their close connection with the collector. Young people, parents and the YISP team spent time at the museum handling objects, sparking lively conversations about life experiences and things they liked, hated or desired. The participants made cabinets of their own, culminating in the Essentially Me! exhibition at RAMM in 2013. They selected and decorated cabinets, incorporating objects of their own with personal resonance and meaning. The group’s choices represented their past, present and aspirations for the future.

What changed?

The outcomes were positively overwhelming, confirming that museums really can make a difference to people’s lives, especially people dealing with transition and upheaval. The YISP was delighted, seeing positive change in people as individuals and in the group as a whole.

What did people say about it?

“Building the cabinet has helped me to think about what is important in my life.”

“This project has completely changed my life and my relationship with my daughter; it’s really made me think.”

“It’s the best thing I have ever done.”

What next?

RAMM appreciated the value of working closely with its partners, as some of those making cabinets struggled to put their ideas into practice. Working as a team across institutions, project staff were able to offer support and relevant skills. YISP is keen to continue working with the museum.

For further information

Please contact Penny Hammond, Community Participation and Events Officer, RAMM

Reset MyRAMM password

Sorry, there was a problem resetting your password, please try again.

Your password, has been successfully reset, please close this popup and login.

Terms & Conditions

These terms and conditions (Terms) apply to the entire contents of this website. Please read these Terms carefully before using this website. Using this website indicates that you accept these Terms. If you do not accept these Terms, please do not use this website.
  1. These Terms shall constitute an agreement between you and us and shall set out the conditions upon which you may access the information available on this website
  2. We reserve the right to change these Terms, at any time and to notify you by posting an updated version of these Terms on this website, at which point they will become immediately effective
  3. Your continued use of this website after any changes referred to in clause 2 shall constitute your consent to such changes
  4. Access to this website may be suspended temporarily and without notice in the case of system failure, maintenance or repair, or for reasons beyond our control
  5. We reserve the right to, without notice, withdraw the availability of this website or any of its content and/or any of its functions, information or services
  6. We cannot guarantee uninterrupted and/or reliable access to this website and we make no guarantees whatsoever as to its operation, functionality or otherwise
  7. You are allowed to view, download and print out content from this website for personal use only in accordance with these Terms. All other copying whether electronic, hard copy or other format is prohibited and all other rights are reserved
  8. You shall only use this website in a manner that is consistent with these Terms and in such a way as to comply with all applicable laws and regulations and in particular, that you shall not (or not attempt to):
    • seek unauthorised access to our network or computer system
    • insert or knowingly or recklessly transmit or distribute a virus into our network and computer systems
  9. All copyright and all other intellectual property rights existing in this website (including, but not limited to, all design, text, graphics and the selection or arrangement thereof) are and remain our property
  10. The expression 'copyright' shall include the entire copyright, design right, rental right, right to authorise or prohibit lending and data right subsisting now or created at any time
  11. While we endeavour to ensure that the information contained on this website is accurate, complete and up-to-date, we make no representations or warranties, whether express or implied, as to the accuracy, completeness or fitness for purpose of such information
  12. We make no representations or warranties, whether express or implied, that this website or any software of any nature available on, downloaded or otherwise obtained from it, will be free from defects or viruses. Your use of this website is at your own risk
  13. We make no representations or warranties as to whether the information available on this website complies with the regulatory regime of countries from which the pages of this website may be accessed
  14. We may log your IP address (which indicates the location of your computer on the Internet) for the purpose of systems administration and troubleshooting.
  15. If you provide your e-mail address in order to submit an enquiry, comment or request for further information, we may contact you regarding your enquiry, comment or request. We may also send e-mails to you about the services that we offer.
  16. From time to time we may provide your information to our marketing or IT departments for research and analysis purposes so that we can monitor and improve the services we provide. We may occasionally contact you by post, email or telephone to ask you for your feedback and comments on our services.
  17. The failure by us to insist on any occasion upon performance of these Terms shall not thereby act as a waiver of such a breach or an acceptance of any variation of these Terms
  18. A person who is not a party to these Terms may not enforce any of its terms or conditions under the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999
  19. These Terms shall be governed by, construed and enforced in all respects in accordance with the Laws of England