School visits and outreach

We offer tailor made workshops for school groups from Key Stages 2 – 5 which are currently free of charge.

We have bookable slots on Thursday and Friday mornings between 9.30 – 11.30 (sessions last one hour).

Sessions take place in the magical book-lined Outer Library which houses the majority of the Institution’s historic collection.

For larger groups we also make use of the nearby Pearson Education Studio at Exeter Cathedral.


Our extensive book collection can be used to support and enrich the National Curriculum.

All sessions are led by an experienced team of Heritage Educationalists and Librarians.

Please contact Emma Dunn, Programme Manager the via email  to enquire about a booking.


Popular sessions include:

Books of Wonder

Find out about Evolution, Natural History and Darwinism.

Georgian Exeter

Find out about The Age of Enlightenment and the influence of the classical world.

Victorian Exeter

Explore street maps, population growth and Victorian newspapers.

Exeter Home Front

Find out about Wartime Exeter, bomb damage and contemporary accounts.

Collecting the World

Discover the DEI Museum and the origins of RAMM.

Early Science

Explore the Age of Enlightenment, celebrity scientists and the origins of physical science.

Preserving History

Find out how we conserve our collection and get ‘hands on’ with our preservation work.

Dickens at Christmas

Explore our Victorian Christmas collection.


If you are unable to get to us, we offer an outreach service to schools and community groups in the Exeter area, including tailor made sessions for:

  • Early years
  • Family learning
  • Children and young people with Special Educational Needs
  • Older people with additional needs

Please contact Emma Dunn, Programme Manager  via email to discuss your requirements.

A downloadable Risk Assessment is available for Teachers here: DEI Schools Risk Assessment 2018

Our Safeguarding Policy is available here:  DEI Safeguarding Policy and Procedures