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...

Exeter’s Abolitionists

Exeter’s Abolitionists

Community Researcher, Di Cooper (with Chantal Kouadio), investigates the Slavery Abolition Movement in Exeter uncovering significant support from the people of Exeter, with leading Quakers, Unitarians, MPs and businessmen among those who supported the Society for the...

Chosen by Ourselves

Chosen by Ourselves

Inspired by her fascination with artifacts and the museum collections in Exeter's RAMM, Community Researcher Yukiko Frank undertook an innovative research project of her own 'Chosen By Ourselves' which researches multi-cultural Exeter today. Many people living and/or...

Multi-Cultural Exeter 1500-1800

Multi-Cultural Exeter 1500-1800

Community Researcher, Olivia Hall, has given us three areas of research that give insight into Exeter's multi-cultural past: St Stephens Parish Henry VIII's Military Survey of 1522 which shows early records of foreign-born nationals in Exeter. Photo shows the parish...

Mosley’s Blackshirts

Mosley’s Blackshirts

Community Researcher Hector Niel-Mee has explored the history of the British Union of Facists (BUF) presence in Exeter and how Mosley and the Blackshirts were active in the city and region in the 1930's. Hector has compiled an informative summary of the Blackshirts in...

Joseph Pitts of Exon: the first Englishman in Mecca

Joseph Pitts of Exon: the first Englishman in Mecca

Exeter man Joseph Pitts (1663?-1739) was the first Englishman to perform the Hajj and visit Mecca and Medina. He published a fascinating account of his travels and observations in 1704. Exeter university's Paul Auchterlonie has written a definitive work covering Pitts...

Mrs Hendy of Wonford

Mrs Hendy of Wonford

Mrs Hendy lived in Exeter for over 60 years, 52 of them in the same house in Wonford. She was born in Cornwall in 1917: her mother was a local White woman, and her father was a Black sea captain, probably from Jamaica. Councillor Olwen Foggin interviewed Mrs Hendy in...

Black G.I.s

Black G.I.s

Community Researcher, Crystal Carter, has extensively researched the story of Exeter's Black GIs and how Exeter was a segregated city during World War II. Between 1943 and 1944, County Ground in St Thomas Exeter was home to a number of all black US Army battalions....

Exeter’s Chinese Community

Exeter’s Chinese Community

Community Researchers, Gordon Chan and Sasiporn Phongploenpis, have researched the city's Chinese Minority and its Contribution to Diversity in Exeter; Gordon and Sasi have worked together to collate facts and figures, hidden historical gems and individual testimonies...

Tucker Sketches

Tucker Sketches

From Devon Record Office, a collection of 'Portraits of Devonshire Characters' by an artist called Tucker. Dated 1870-1873. Number 3 carries the caption "Miss ______ Daughter of an English Merchant in West Africa sent to England to be educated", with the (probably...