We are pleased to announce that the library is now open every Saturday between the hours of 10am and 4pm.  (with the exception of Bank Holiday weekends)

Members are free to browse and enjoy our pop up events and talks.

Tea, coffee and cake will be available.

Bookworms Junior Members club will be using the Outer Library on the third Saturday of each month from 10.30 – 12.00 – other members are invited to walk through to use the Inner Library during this session)


Saturday 3 February 2018 2pm

Saturday snippet with Dr Todd Gray.

Todd will be exploring Stone’s cuttings files and explaining how he researched his latest book St Martin’s Island.


Saturday 10 March 2018 10am-4pm



Saturday 7th April

Mark Stoyle

Saturday June 9th 
Stuart Blaylock
Saturday July 7th 
Paul Vincent
Saturday September 1st
Jeremy Lawford
Saturday October 6th 
Clare Maudling
Saturday November 3rd
Peter Wing field- Digby


Saturday Snippet Archive

Further reading is available in our research resources pages.


Saturday 6 January 2018 2pm 

John Allan shared our collection of architectural drawings:

The DEI holds an extensive and important collection of architectural drawings, mainly of the 19th century, much of which is not well known.

In this session we will look at a selection of the most important holdings, including works by notable Victorian architects who were also fine draftsmen, such as Edward Ashworth; we will also look at the scrapbooks of the Exeter Diocesan Architectural Society including the life-size records of the cathedral’s medieval  window glass by John Loveband Fulford, and the miscellaneous collections of late Georgian details.


Saturday 2 December 2017 2pm

Dr David Parker will share insights into the Victorian era.

A critical look at the illustrations and accompanying articles in the Illustrated London News and some other prints in the DEIs collection.


Saturday 4 November 2017

Paul Auchterlonie shared books from the Geography collection.

The nineteenth century was the century of exploration and discovery and the proprietors of the DEI followed the adventures of these brave men  (and occasional women) all over the globe from the deserts of Arabia through the jungles of Equatorial Africa to the frozen wastes of the Arctic. 

The geography collection on the DEI (class G now shelved in the gallery) contains not only some of the most interesting books of the period but also some of the most beautifully illustrated, and Saturday’s talk will be an opportunity to explore the intrepid world of the great explorers.


Saturday 7 October 2017

Dr Robin Wootton shared books from the Natural History Collection.


Saturday 29 July 2017 

Dr Robert Higham spoke on ‘The Domesday Book, Old English Charters and the Institution’s Library: studying 11th- century England’

Development of the Institution’s library in the 19th century coincided with a period of great interest in the primary sources for medieval English history. This interest continued, unabated, and the library went on to acquire many crucial publications in this field.

This brief talk will draw attention to items on our shelves, published between the 1780s and our own day, containing the texts of Domesday Book and Old English charters or containing scholarly discussions of those sources and what they reveal about late Saxon and early Norman England.

To these printed items can now be added internet resources which can be consulted from desks in our – indeed in any – library amidst the published output of more than two centuries. Past, present and future generations of readers – both professional and amateur – are thus connected.