My favourite object by Richard Rochester
5 January 2015
Some of the regular visitors to the Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Gallery in Exeter were asked to select their favourite object from the Making History Gallery and to talk about why the object and the museum are special to them.
I’ve been visiting the museum as far back as I can remember, having grown up in Lympstone. RAMM might be on a smaller scale than museums in London, but it’s is as good as you could expect to find anywhere. It’s a world class museum with world class objects and world class art.
I’ve chosen a small bone hair comb which dates from between 900 and 1100 and was found in Holloway Street in Exeter. I was struck by the human quality of it. It’s a direct connection with the past – the idea that someone held it in their hands and used it. It’s such an everyday object, and they probably would have been really surprised if you’d said to them that in years to come people would be looking at it in a museum.
You can find out more about the favourite objects of some of RAMM’s other visitors in our video.