The Devon and Exeter Institution is an Independent Library and Educational Charity in the heart of Exeter founded in 1813. We welcome new members and visitors of all ages. In March 2020 we were awarded a major grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund for our development project The Next Chapter. We are an innovative and go-ahead organisation often leading the way in the Independent Library Sector and the cultural life of the City of Exeter.
The theme of our series this year is Hidden Nature. We will explore some of the hidden aspects of Devon, our heritage building, library and Enlightenment collections in general, through the eyes of a diverse group of speakers.
This month, Paul Auchterlonie speaks on Devon and the Middle East.
The Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations opened in Hyde Park, London, on 1st May 1851. It was to be a ‘wonder of the world’ – a celebration of international industrial design and technology with exhibits from all corners of the earth. Here in Exeter, as in other towns and cities across the country, a local Exhibition Club was established to celebrate the region’s industry and manufacturing.
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