We are open Tuesdays to Fridays 10am-5pm and Saturdays 10am-4pm. Public tours Wednesdays 1pm-4pm.
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Lifelong learning and community programme

Join in with our programme of events and workshops for all ages in January, February and March 2023

To view our full programme of events and workshops for all ages, please see the outline below, or click here to see our full brochure: What’s On at the DEI Jan-Mar 2023

For bookable events, please click here: webcollect.org.uk/dei , which will take you to our bookings page. 

If you are having difficulty, please contact the office by email [email protected] or phone 01392 274727

January Day Event Times Additional Info
Rescue a book – Table top book display Many of the Institution’s books are in need of conservation and we need your help to preserve this year’s selection for future generations
5th Thursday Green Shoots Gardening Group 10.30am – 2pm Open to new members / Drop in
10th Tuesday Book Group: The Comedians by Graham Greene 2.30pm – 4pm Open to new members / Drop in
14th Saturday Bookworms Junior Members’ Club – Recycling craft workshop 10.30am – 12 noon Children 5+ / 12 places / Booking essential
17th Tuesday Get the most from the DEI catalogue 3pm – 4pm One to one session / Booking essential
18th Wednesday Cinema Club: Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris (2022) Doors  6pm / Film 6.30pm Open to new members
19th Thursday Green Shoots Gardening Group 10.30am – 2pm Open to new members / Drop in
19th Thursday Craft a Paper Garland workshop 5.30pm – 6.30 pm Free and open to all young people and adults (no experience required) / 8 places / Booking essential
26th Thursday West Quarter Research Group 2.30pm – 4pm Open to new members
26th Thursday Evening lecture – Dr Kathryn Edwards “In Vogue: William Courtenay, 9th Earl of Devon” Doors 6pm / Talk 6.30pm / Supper 7.30pm Tickets £25 / Booking essential
28th Saturday Nature journaling (Winter) 10:30am – 12 noon Free / 8 places / Booking essential
February Day Event Times Additional Info
Table top book display – The blazing world As Luke Jerram’s Gaia arrives at Exeter Cathedral, we look to our book collections for illuminating works about the planet Earth.
From Wednesday 1st Stairwell display – ’12 Stories for 12 Days of COP27′ in partnership with the University of Exeter and supporting Gaia Creates at Exeter Cathedral During opening hours Free / Drop in
2nd Thursday Green Shoots Gardening Group – Gaia themed activities in the garden and library 10.30am – 2pm Open to new members / Drop in
4th Saturday Second-hand book and historical map sale 11am – 3pm Free / Drop in
11th Saturday Big Insect Drawings – family fun event 10:30am -12 noon Free / 12 places / Children 8+ / Booking essential
14th Tuesday Book Group: An Instance of the Fingerpost by Iain Pears 2.30pm – 4pm Open to new members / Drop in
14th Tuesday Librarian’s Tour 3pm – 3.45pm 10 places / Booking essential
15th Wednesday Cinema Club: The League of Gentlemen (1960) Doors  6pm / Film 6.30pm Open to new members
16th Thursday Green Shoots Gardening Group – Gaia themed activities in the garden and library 10.30am – 2pm Open to new members / Drop in
16th Thursday Rough Trade Books presents… Claire Ratinon on climate change. In partnership with Exeter City of Literature 6pm – 7.30pm Booking essential (pay what you can afford)
18th Saturday Bookworms Junior Members’ Club – Discover Gaia 10.30am – 12 noon Children 5+ / 12 places / Booking essential
21st Tuesday Get the most from the DEI catalogue 3pm – 4pm One-to-one session / Booking essential
22nd Wednesday Skull Drawing observational workshop 5.30pm – 6.30pm Free / 10 places / Booking essential
23rd Thursday West Quarter Research Group 2.30pm – 4pm Open to new members
23rd Thursday Evening lecture – Lisa Wojahn “Married and Alone: The Unusual Lives of Women Who Married Royal Navy Officers” Doors 6pm / Talk 6.30pm / Supper 7.30pm Tickets £25 / Booking essential
March Day Event Times Additional Info
Table top display – The other side of the story? A display of books on voyages and travel, including colonial expeditions of the past. Have your say via our comment cards or by joining us for a ‘significance workshop’ on 29th March, where we will collaborate on a new narrative for this historic collection.
2nd Thursday Green Shoots Gardening Group 10.30am – 2pm Open to new members / Drop in
4th Saturday World Book Day – family fun event 10.30am – 12 noon Free / Children 5+ / Booking essential
11th Saturday Creating characters/Shaping stories (creative writing skills for children 8+) 10.30am – 12 noon Free / Children 8+ / 12 places / Booking essential
From Tuesday 14th to Saturday 18th Pop up table top book display for St. Patrick’s Day During opening hours Free / Drop in
14th Tuesday Book Group: The Island of Missing Trees by Elif Shafak 2.30pm – 4pm Open to new members / Drop in
15th Wednesday Remaking maps – cut/collage and sewing workshop 5.30pm – 6.30pm Open to all young people and adults / Booking essential
15th Wednesday Cinema Club: A “Silent Film” Mini Comedy Festival from the 1920s Doors  6pm / Film 6.30pm Open to new members
16th Thursday Green Shoots Gardening Group 10.30am-2pm Open to new members / Drop in
16th Thursday Rough Trade Books presents… Zakiya McKenzie on colonialism and decolonisation. In partnership with Exeter City of Literature 6pm – 7.30pm Booking essential (pay what you can afford)
18th Saturday Bookworms Junior Members’ Club – Easter make and take session 10.30am – 12 noon Children 5+ / 12 places / Booking essential
21st Tuesday Get the most from the DEI catalogue 3pm – 4pm One-to-one session / Booking essential
23rd Thursday West Quarter Research Group 2.30pm – 4pm Open to new members
25th Saturday Easter crafts – decorate eggs at a stay and play family workshop 10.30am – 12 noon Free / Children 5+ / Booking essential
29th Wednesday Significance workshop – voyages and travel collections 10am – 12 noon Free / 12 places / Booking essential
30th Thursday Evening lecture – Philip Schwyzer, Niall Allsopp and David Parry (University of Exeter) “Writing Religious Conflict and Community in Exeter, 1500–1750” Doors 6pm / Talk 6.30pm / Supper 7.30pm Tickets £25 / Booking essential