Telling our stories, finding our roots

Exeter’s multi-coloured history

Who came here? Who lived here? Where in the world did they come from?

Exeter, in south west England, is a city that people often assume has always been White Anglo-Saxon. Our team of community researchers have discovered that's only partly true.

Since its beginning in Roman times, through Saxon and Viking invaders, Medieval Jews and 'Aliens', enslaved Africans and the twentieth century Windrush Generation, Exeter has been, and continues to be multi-cultural.

Join us in our search...      

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Explore 2,000 years of Exeter's Multi-Coloured History on our interactive timeline. Email us with your additions and comments.


See what our volunteer researchers have found: audio interviews with local residents plus stories of moving and living here from the 11th to the 21st century.


Activities for Primary and Secondary schools to enable your pupils to explore and understand how the city has changed. All with teachers' notes and comprehensive links. 

Guided Tour

Check out our self-guided tour of the city - free to download. Look at sites on Google map, and come to one of our accompanied tours.


Five short films that tell some of the wonderful stories we've found. Made by local film-maker Julian Kemp