We are delighted to begin the phased reopening of The Institution from July, please follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for updates

Families and Junior Members

We are delighted to begin a phased reopening of the DEI from July 2020

Saturdays at the Institution

We are open on Saturdays and many of our activities are family friendly, free and open to all.  Please see our latest Saturday Activities page for the current programme.

Isolation Creations

During the lockdown and recovery period, we are offering a range of online activities for all ages, via our Isolation Creations web page and social media channels.

Bookworms Club

*As we begin to reopen, we will be offering some special Bookworms recharge sessions in our garden over the summer – see our Saturday Activities page.  Follow our social media channels for the latest updates*

We run a monthly Saturday morning club for Junior Members aged 5-8 and their adults.  Bookworms takes place on the third Saturday of the month at 10.30 am – 12 noon, this session is now repeated between 2.00 – 3.30 pm due to it’s popularity. Please see our Bookworms page for the current programme.


Children and young people under 18 are able to join the Institution as Junior Members for just £1 per month (£12 annual membership) and can access the Institution’s collection and facilities during opening hours.  Children under 11 must be accompanied by an adult.

Wednesday Tours

*As we begin to reopen, we will be offering some external tours of the building and garden – see out tours page for details*

The Institution is open to the general public on a Wednesday afternoons  between 1.00 and 4.00 pm and families are able to have a guided tour of the library.

For further information please contact our Director of Programme, Emma Dunn:  [email protected]