This month’s Book of the Month by Edward Maunder, a Library volunteer, is inspired by two books in our Early Science collection – Thomas Young’s A course of lectures on natural philosophy and the mechanical arts (1807) and George Peacock’s Miscellaneous works of the late Thomas Young (1855).
Voltaire is said to have remarked that, ‘England has a hundred religions and only one sauce’ – our heritage collection suggests otherwise. This year, we are celebrating Heritage Open Days (10-19 September 2021) with a book display in the Outer Library curated by one of our members, Tony Rhodes.
This year, we're offering tours of our historic library and heritage site. There is an opportunity to view our display ‘Cooking the Books’ featuring historic recipes from our collection and join in with ‘Edible Flowers‘ workshops.
Having considered the new guidance and the local and national picture of rising Covid-19 cases, we have decided not to make any major changes to our current working practices for the time being. This will be reviewed at the beginning of September.
Emma Laws talks about our digitisation project, funded by The Pilgrim Trust, the National Lottery and Friends of Devon's Archives.
Rain, rain, go away, come again another day ... Are you wondering where summer is? From January 1817, one of the most important tasks of the Librarian at the Devon and Exeter Institution was taking twice-daily readings from the Institution's barometer and thermometer and recording them in a meteorological register.
Though we are not quite out of the woods yet, we are delighted to welcome back our members and volunteers - and to meet new members. Our summer display in the Outer Library is a selection of poetry inspired by trees and spanning four centuries, from Robert Herrick’s ode to the willow to A. E. Housman’s celebration of the blossoming cherry – the loveliest of trees. Our display is organised in collaboration with Exeter Cathedral Library and Archives to celebrate Love Your Burial Ground Week, 5-13 June 2021.