Holly Carter-Chappell

Assistant Curator

Holly Carter-Chappell Assistant CuratorMy main focus is RAMM’s social history collection which is incredibly varied and ranges from suits of armour to an 18th century fire engine! I am currently working on improving object documentation and increasing public access to the collection by adding them to our online database Collections Explorer.

My other work includes collections documentation, exhibitions, answering research enquiries from the public and giving talks and tours. I also lead on image licensing requests and oversee loans from RAMM’s collections to other museums.


Phone: 01392 265153

Email: holly.carter-chappell@exeter.gov.uk


I have a degree in Bioarchaeology (University of Bradford), and postgraduate degrees in Death Studies (University of Bath) and Museum Studies (UCL). While studying in Bradford I completed a placement year which involved working with the British Museum and Museum of London Archaeology. This made me realise that the museum sector was the place for me.

I started my career at the British Museum cataloguing flint, and have since mainly worked with medical and social history collections at the Science Museum and several medical museums in London. Before joining RAMM I spent six years looking after the collection at Florence Nightingale Museum. While working at FNM I curated the exhibition Spanish Flu: Nursing during History’s Deadliest Pandemic, which won ‘Temporary Exhibition of the Year’ at the 2019 Museum and Heritage Awards.

My specialist area is the social history of death and dying. I’m particularly interested in the public perception of human remains in museum collections; and the role museums can play as ‘safe spaces’ to encourage public engagement and dialogue around sensitive subjects such as death and disability.