The Institution was established for educational purposes during The Enlightenment; an era of radical thinking in science, literature and the arts.
Learning is still the beating heart of the Institution today and our living library is used for study and research Monday-Saturday. We offer a dynamic rolling programme for all ages which includes educational activities, cultural events and lectures, inspired by our collections and building.
Our diverse membership ranges in age from 3 – 90+ and visitors are welcome to our public talks, Saturday workshops and tours. We look forward to creating some very special events to support Exeter’s UNESCO City of Literature award, which will be open to all.
Our current learning programme was established with investment from the National Lottery Heritage Fund. This year we have, once again, secured major NLHF investment for our project The Next Chapter. This project will deliver purpose-designed spaces for learning and engagement and will enable us to reach out to the widest range of people.
For further details, please contact Emma Dunn, Director of Programme and Projects.
School visits and outreach
Our free sessions for schools are available to book
Families and Junior Members
We look forward to welcoming you
University of Exeter – students and staff
We offer a limited number of sponsored memberships for current staff and students of the University of Exeter
Lifelong learning and community programme
Join in with our programme of events and workshops for all ages in in January, February and March 2023
Heritage Outside – a guided walk around Cathedral Green
Heritage Outside - a guided walk around Cathedral Green, inspired by the illustrations of W.G. Croump
Our new season of talks and lectures will be announced in September 2022.