Robert Recorde was born in Tenby c1510 the son of Thomas Recorde, Mayor of Tenby in 1519. At the age of 15 he went to Oxford University and after gaining a B.A., and probably an M.A., he was elected a Fellow of All Souls College in 1531 teaching mathematics. Robert then went to Cambridge where he continued his studies and became a Doctor of Medicine in 1545. Here he taught astrology, explained cosmology and illustrated geometry and music.
Recorde's book The Whetstone of Witte, published in 1557, is the first book where the modern equals (=) sign was used.
He died in 1558 in King's Bench Prison, Southwark.
The display on Robert Recorde is housed in an area which also shows a recreated Antiquarian's Study and a Cabinet of Curiosities.
The recently refurbished stairwell now houses anniversary displays relating to the history of tenby. For 2013 there are displays on The Tenby Observer, the railway, Tenby Bowling Club and Exercise Jantzen (practice landings for D-Day).
There are also displays on Dylan Thomas, Roald Dahl and Tenby born filmmaker Kenneth Griffith.
This gallery also houses the piracy display and the recently conserved Sedan Chair.