Museum Development Assistant

  • Job Reference: GBP 4626 RAMM
  • Date Posted: 28 February 2019
  • Recruiter: University of Exeter (Graduate Business Partnership)
  • Location: Exeter, Devon
  • Salary: £18,186
  • Sector: Administration
  • Job Type: Contract, Internship or Placement
  • Duration: 12 Months
  • Work Hours: Full Time

Job Description

A Museum Development Assistant is required by the Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, in Exeter. The role is to support the Development Officer in researching and implementing appropriate fundraising actions and other administrative duties. This GBP internship is for 12 months.



Be part of something special! The Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, affectionately known as RAMM, is at the heart of Exeter’s cultural offer.

RAMM is currently going through an exciting transformation with regards to its fundraising aspirations. 

We are seeking a dynamic individual to help turn our fundraising aspirations into a reality.

The origins of RAMM became possible due to the generosity of hundreds of public subscribers. In 2018 RAMM celebrated its 150th anniversary of being open to the public. Our aim is to improve the financial sustainability of the museum, securing its future for the next 150 years.

The role will consist of supporting the RAMM Development Officer to implement a suite of opportunities allowing people to invest in RAMM, such as creating a new patrons offer, adopting an object or funding a post, and the on-going management of supporter relations.

We’re looking for someone who is interested in culture, fundraising, is flexible, friendly and professional, with excellent attention to detail.

Summary of company:

RAMM is a service of Exeter City Council, its major funder. RAMM is a National Portfolio Museum funded by Arts Council England until 2022. Following a major redevelopment project the museum re-opened in December 2011. The re-displays have gained wide critical acclaim and in June 2012 RAMM received the UK’s most significant sector award the Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year 2012.

Number of staff:

RAMM has 58 full and part time staff.

When established:

In 2018 RAMM celebrated its 150th anniversary of being open to the public.  RAMM originally housed different institutions which can still be traced in Exeter such as the library and the Devon & Exeter Institution.  RAMM was founded through public subscriptions as a memorial to Prince Albert after his death in 1861.

Award winning:

Awards and standards achieved by RAMM include Museum of the Year 2012, the national Designation Scheme, the Accreditation Scheme for Museums in the United Kingdom and Inspiring Learning for All. Other awards include: Devon Tourism Awards 2017 (Gold in Large Attraction of the Year, Silver in Access and Inclusivity, Bronze in Artistic Cultural and Learning Experience), TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2017, and Top Family Favourite Attraction in the Exeter Baby Activities Awards 2017.


Purpose of Role

To support the development of RAMM, looking forward to the next 150 years.  This will be done through supporting the Development Officer to implement a suite of opportunities allowing people to invest in RAMM, such as creating a new patrons offer, adopting an object or funding a post.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Supporting the Development Officer in researching and implementing appropriate fundraising actions.
  • Undertaking administrative duties associated with fundraising activities.
  • Developing appropriate and innovative content relevant to fundraising activities.
  • Working with other members of the RAMM team to help embed a fundraising culture throughout the organsation.
  • Reporting and evaluating on fundraising activity progress.
  • Any other duties related to the development of RAMM as a service.

Training and Development opportunities

Who works in the organisation that the intern can learn from:

Opportunities to learn from staff briefings which might include exploring the permanent collections or temporary exhibitions.

Potential for progression for the right candidate in your company or highlight how the experience can help the intern with their next step:

All of the developmental activity that the graduate placement will be supporting RAMM with will be transferrable skills.  Fundraising generally and within the heritage and museums sector is an important growth area. The successful candidate will be involved in supporting the roll out of a fundraising action plan.  This will be a new strategy and approach to fundraising at RAMM in collaboration with colleagues from within the organisation and with initial guidance from an external fundraising consultant. This experience will be of considerable value to a candidate looking to pursue future employment in this area.

Level of Support

Monthly 1-2-1 meetings will be scheduled between intern and manager but this post will also involve working very closely with the line manager on a day-to-day basis. 

Other Benefits, Rewards and Recognition

Flexible working patterns are available.



Relevant undergraduate degree and an active interest in and/or experience of working in heritage/fundraising.

Skills and Understanding

  • Understanding of the increasingly important role of fundraising within the museum and gallery sector.
  • Understanding of the appropriate use of social media for marketing purposes.
  • Ability to write interesting and engaging content for different audiences. 
  • Ability to effectively prioritise workload.

Prior Experience

  • Experience of using Microsoft Office.
  • Experience of working as part of a team but also happy to progress projects on own initiative.
  • Experience of undertaking research and evaluation.

Behavioural Characteristics/Personal Qualities and Attributes

  • Able to use initiative.
  • Positive attitude.
  • Adaptability.
  • Professional, yet friendly communication skills.
  • Critical thinking.
  • Able to work effectively both alone and as part of a team.
  • Good time management.
  • Excellent attention to detail.

Other Requirements

  • Graduate of a UK university within the last 3 years.
  • Right to work in the UK for the duration of the internship.


To apply for this role please complete our internship application which can be downloaded here: Please send your completed form to us by clicking APPLY NOW.