Following the Prime Minister’s announcement, we will be temporarily closing the institution on the 5th of November for one month.
We are planning to open again on the 3rd of December.
We will be running an online programme during this short period of closure for our members and supporters.
Contact us:
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]


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.