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.

Saturday 16 October

Join us for Exeter Literary Festival Events 

Full details here: exeter-literary-festival-events

Bookworms with Wendy Meddour

Children’s workshop suitable for ages 4-7 /  free and open to all /  Booking essential

10.30am – 12noon

From first pages to second books, Rowan Hisayo Buchanan and Ellen Wiles on their novels and on building a writing career. 

Adult talk /  free and open to all / Booking essential

2pm-3.30pm

 

Saturday 23 October
Picturing the skull

10.30 – 12noon

Adult workshop /  free and open to all / 8 places per workshop / Booking essential

In this session we will be drawing from the animal skull collection, exploring ways of capturing tone and texture in charcoal, pencil, and pen. All materials will be provided.

This event has been made possible by the support of the National Lottery Heritage Fund

 

Saturday 30 October
Mutant Halloween

10.30- 12noon

Children’s workshop suitable for ages 5+ /  free and open to all / 8 places per workshop / Booking essential

Make your own mutant monster with recycled materials and incomplete toys.    Some materials will be provided but please bring any old toys and or any other recycled objects you may have and want to include in your monster creation.

This event has been made possible by the support of the National Lottery Heritage Fund

 

Saturday 6 November
Drop in researchers’ event

Adult event / drop in, no need to book / free and open to all

What can the Devon & Exeter Institution offer you as a postgraduate researcher or early career academic?
Come along to hear about our collections and opportunities to present your work.

This event has been made possible by the support of the National Lottery Heritage Fund

 

Saturday 13 November  
DEI diorama 

10.30- 12noon

Children 5+ /  free and open to all / 8 places per workshop / Booking essential

Make the library your own with this diorama workshop.  Using source copies of the collection see where your imagination takes you to create a library of your dreams.
Some materials will be provided but please bring along a cardboard box or shoe box for reusing in this craft.

This event has been made possible by the support of the National Lottery Heritage Fund

 

Saturday 20 November 
Bookworms – Seaweed Jewellery

10.30- 12noon

Children 5+ /  Junior Members Club* / 8 places per workshop / Booking essential

Did you know that the Victorians used seaweed for decoration and food, and many specimens were collected by female enthusiasts of natural history? In this session we will be learning about the hidden histories of seaweed collecting and making some seaweed-inspired decorative wear of our own!

* Junior Membership is available to anyone aged under 18 and is currently £12 per year.     Bookworms is a monthly club for our youngest members, and suitable for children aged 5-8 years old.    Bookworms get an annual activity pack and priority access to children’s events at the DEI.

 

Saturday 27 November

To coincide with the Christmas market we are offering some Christmas tours – pop in and find out more about the DEI.

Free guided tours 1-4pm, drop in, no need to book.

The DEI Christmas card and gift membership packs are available for sale in the foyer.

 

Tuesday 30 November
Deck the Halls  

Member event / 3-5pm / drop in, no need to book

We warmly invite members and their guests to dress the Library tree and make decorations for the festive season.

Mulled wine and mince pies served in the Courtenay room.

 

Thursday 2 December
Members’ Christmas Party

We are delighted to be able to host our Christmas Party this year.

Our Christmas Party will be hosted by Ruth O’Neale, Hon Sec, and the Trustees as usual and will include a welcome glass of fizz, a Christmas buffet from Eat on the Green with wine (soft drink options) and music from the Pete Cantor Trio.  Places are limited so booking is essential, this event is always popular so book here now to avoid disappointment (don’t forget you’ll need to log in to WebCollect to book).

Thursday 2nd December – 6.30 – 9.30pm / Tickets £25pp

 

Saturday 4 December

To coincide with the Christmas market we are offering some Christmas tours – pop in and find out more about the DEI.

Free guided tours 1-4pm, drop in, no need to book.

The DEI Christmas card and gift membership packs are available for sale in the foyer.

 

Saturday 11th December
Christmas Crafts

10.30- 12noon

Children’s workshop suitable for ages 5+ /  free and open to all / 8 places per workshop / Booking essential

Make and take-home beautiful decorations for the festive season.

This event has been made possible by the support of the National Lottery Heritage Fund

 

Saturday 18th December
Bookworms – Memory Boxes

10.30- 12noon

Children 5+ /  Junior Members Club* / 8 places per workshop / Booking essential

The pandemic has provided a time of changes and adjustment for many of us, as well as a period for pause and reflection for others. This session invites you to reflect upon a recent or historic memory in poetry and in craft.

* Junior Membership is available to anyone aged under 18 and is currently £12 per year.     Bookworms is a monthly club for our youngest members, and suitable for children aged 5-8 years old.    Bookworms get an annual activity pack and priority access to children’s events at the DEI.

 

 

We continue to observe enhanced hygiene procedures and maintain social distancing, where possible.  

Children under 11 are exempt from wearing a mask.   

We request that marks be worm by those over 11, unless the event is taking place out of doors.

Indoor events will take place upstairs in the Upper Reading Room and rooms will be ventilated as much as possible.

If you have an NHS QR code scanner our code is located at the front desk.

 

 

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