The development project

Our development project is taking place over three years and will deliver:

  • a restored and structurally secure building
  • conservation and care of the historic book collection and archive
  • interpretation which includes public talks and displays
  • a learning and engagement programme and digital resources

Following grants from Historic England and the Heritage Lottery Fund, Carrek have secured the contract to restore the Georgian library roof, overseen by Conservation Architect Simon Cartlidge.

The project aims to encourage more people to learn about and appreciate the historic value of the DEI – its building and setting in Cathedral Close and its library and art collection.

We continue to operate as a subscription library while also offering many new public events and activities for all ages.


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