Exeter, in south west England, is the county-town of Devon. It is a city that people often assume has always been ‘White Anglo-Saxon’. Our team of community researchers discovered that this is only partly true.

Since its beginning in Roman times, through Saxon and Viking invaders, Medieval Jews, ‘aliens’ (an historic word for ‘foreigner’), enslaved Africans and the twentieth century Windrush Generation, Exeter has been, and continues to be, a strongly multicultural city.

Explore the Timeline to learn more about the people and groups who have lived, worked or passed through the city during its history.

Today, Exeter is home to a thriving multicultural population comprised of a wide range of different communities of people with diverse cultural, national and faith backgrounds.

In 2012-13, Telling Our Stories interviewed some of them about their memories, their stories, and their experiences of coming to and living in Exeter.

Explore the Stories tab to hear their voices.

Latest Exeter community stories

Latest Exeter community stories

A Migrant’s Story

A Migrant’s Story

'A Migrant's Story' by David Woolger David has been part of the 'Telling Our Stories' project from the outset and through his writing and poetry has shared his story. David speaks with eloquent openness about race, identity and life with a mental health condition....

The King’s Jews

The King’s Jews

In The King's Jews Community Researcher Myra Fonceca takes us back to the middle ages in her study of Exeter's mediaeval Jewish community revealing individual stories of Exeter's chirographers and moneylenders, men and women, who lived against the backdrop of...

Mary Slessor

Mary Slessor

Scottish missionary Mary Slessor and her adopted Nigerian daughter Atim Eso, aka Janie Annan Slessor, visited Topsham, Devon, in 1885 and 1891. Mary Slessor (2 December 1848 – 13 January 1915) was a Scottish, United Presbyterian missionary who went to work in what is...

A Migrant’s Story

A Migrant’s Story

'A Migrant's Story' by David Woolger David has been part of the 'Telling Our Stories' project from the outset and through his writing and poetry has shared his story. David speaks with eloquent openness about race, identity and life with a mental health condition....

The King’s Jews

The King’s Jews

In The King's Jews Community Researcher Myra Fonceca takes us back to the middle ages in her study of Exeter's mediaeval Jewish community revealing individual stories of Exeter's chirographers and moneylenders, men and women, who lived against the backdrop of...

Latest Exeter project galleries

Latest Exeter project galleries

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