RAMM's collection is largely based on the collection of one man, Dr Corkill. The cuneiform tablets and cylinder seals are among the earliest examples of writing in human history.
Dr Norman Lace Corkill left his collection of Sumerian and Sudanese antiquities to RAMM in 1961. Dr Corkill worked as a doctor in Iraq, the Sudan and Saudi Arabia. During his time in Iraq he met Max Mallowan and Agatha Christie who developed his interest in archaeology. Of particular interest is his collection of seals and cuneiform tablets from sites in Iraq. These give a fascinating insight into the development of writing around 5000 years ago.