RAMM’s social history collection tells the stories of the people who have lived and worked in Exeter since the 17th century. Our collection is very varied, and includes over 7,500 objects from domestic, industrial and social life.
Highlights of the Social History collection
- Armour and Weapons from the Rougemont Castle Armoury: designed for soldiers to defend Exeter from invasion. Most of these pieces come from the two ‘great panics’ in Exeter’s history: the threat of the Spanish Armada in 1588 and the Civil War in the 1640s.
- ‘The Hedgeland Model of Exeter in 1769’. Local builder Caleb Hedgeland built this fascinating and detailed model showing the city, as he remembered it from his childhood.
- An 18th century fire engine and firefighting equipment
- Tillet blocks and cloth seals associated with Exeter’s trade of woollen cloth.
- Cog patterns from Bodley’s and Garton & King iron foundries.
Research and explore
See some of this collection in the museum’s Making History gallery, or browse some of our social history objects on our Collections Explorer website. For research enquiries or to make an appointment to view material in store contact us