RAMM’s social history collection reveals the lives of the people who have lived and worked in the city from the 17th century. The collection is very varied, and includes over 7,500 objects and paper items from domestic, industrial and social life.
Highlights of the Social History collection
- Civil war armour and weapons from the Rougemont Castle Armoury. Many of these pieces were bought during two great panics in Exeter’s history: the threat of the Spanish Armada 1588 and the Civil War in the 1640s. They were to be used by soldiers to defend Exeter.
- The Hedgeland Model of Exeter in 1769. This large model, 2.5m by 1.5m, was built by a local builder Caleb Hedgeland. It depicts the city in great detail as he remembered it from his childhood.
- Items associated with local fire-fighting. Following the Theatre Royal fire of 1887 new national safety measures were brought in to prevent disasters on that scale.
- 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
Are you interested in using our collections for research? We welcome opportunities for the collection to be used for research by students, local history or community groups, and interested individuals. Please contact us if you have an enquiry about this collection, or to make an appointment to visit material in store.