Like many museums that have their roots in the Victorian era, RAMM has a fascinating collection of antiquities from the great civilisations of Western Asia, Greece, Rome, Egypt and Cyprus.
The rediscovery of the great in the 18th and 19th centuries inspired an interest in the collection of antiquities. Some collectors were tourists, military officers and colonial officials who picked up antiquities on their travels. Others would stay at home and buy antiquities from dealers and auction houses. Private collections such as these form the basis for RAMM's own collection.