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Mum’s collection of pencil erasers goes on display at Exeter’s RAMM museum

PUBLISHED: 10:28 15 January 2015

Collection of Rubbers at the RAMM Museum

Collection of Rubbers at the RAMM Museum

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An Exeter mother who has built up a collection of 1,300 rubbers has seen part of her hoard put on show at the city’s museum.

Collection of Rubber at the RAMM MuseumCollection of Rubber at the RAMM Museum

What do you collect? Pencils, bookmarks, teddies? Well one 32-year-old from Exeter has been given the chance for her collection of erasers to be displayed in the city’s RAMM Museum.

Becky, who works at an insurance brokers, has been collecting rubbers since she was about six - and is still collecting them to this day.

The mum-of-two now has around 1,300 erasers ranging from the 1970s right up to the modern era.

Her collection consists of extremely rare rubbers and some that are unused and still in their original packaging.

Becky, whose surname has not been revealed, says: “My clear favourite of all the rubbers is a white heart with little red hearts all over it. This reminds me of my fondest memories of being at school, sat round the table with my friends and colouring and painting and swapping stationery.”

Becky’s dream for her collection is that when people see her collection at the museum they will offer her rubbers so she can add them to her collection.

Collection of Rubbers at the RAMM MuseumCollection of Rubbers at the RAMM Museum

She has told the museum if anything happened to her she would like her collection to carry on and has entrusted it to her good friend Catherine, who has her own collection of pens.

“She is the only one who really enjoys getting them all out and going through them with me!”

Becky’s collection is the latest to feature in the museum’s local collections display case. The rubbers will be on show until 23 March.

Collection of Rubbers at the RAMM MuseumCollection of Rubbers at the RAMM Museum

Previous weird and wonderful collections that have been displayed in the RAMM Museum have included Hello Kitty products, melamine postcard trays, water collectors and radios.

The RAMM Museum is looking for some more collections to be displayed in the museum. To apply for an exhibit of your collections to be displayed at the museum email ramm@exeter.gov.uk

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