Saturday Snippets are short talks about an aspect of the collection. They are held on the first Saturday of every month between 2 and 3 p.m and open to members only.
Saturday January 12th 2019
View of Georgian Devon: George Rowe, Artist and Printmaker”.
Saturday Snippet Archive
Further reading for current, future and past Snippets is available on our research resources pages.
Past topics covered were:
Saturday December 1st
Peter Wingfield-Digby spoke about the life and works of Eden Phillpotts. Eden was born in India. His father Henry – who was a nephew of the famous Bishop of Exeter Henry Phillpotts – was in the Bengal Infantry, but died when Eden was only 3. His mother came back to England, and the three boys went to Mannamead School, now part of Plymouth College. Eden worked in an insurance office in London for ten years before becoming a full-time writer and moving to Torquay. He lived there for 30 years, and then moved to Broadclyst, where he lived another 30 years.
Eden was a prolific and (at the time) popular author over seven decades, with some 250 publications to his name: novels, non-fiction, plays and poetry. He is best known for his 18 novels about Dartmoor, each one centred on a particular village.
The Librarian has a complete list of his publications, with an indication of where in Exeter each publication can be found; the DEI itself has 93 of his publications.
Other publications worth consulting:
Waveney Girvan (Ed.), Eden Phillpotts: An Assessment and Tribute, Hutchinson, 1953
Kenneth Day, Eden Phillpotts on Dartmoor, David & Charles, 1981
Adelaide Ross (his daughter), Reverie: An Autobiography, Robert Hale, 1981
Dartmoor Magazine (in purple binders upstairs at the far end of the inner library) did a long run of articles covering all the novels in the Dartmoor Cycle – ask the Librarian for the Index.
James Dayananda, Eden Phillpotts – Selected Letters, Rowman & Littlefield, 1984 (there is a copy in the Old Library at the University)
Saturday November 3rd
‘Jane Marcet’s ‘Conversations on Chemistry’: the books that introduced Michael Faraday to science’.
|J 22 24||Accum, Frederick||Culinary Poisons||1820|
|J 21 18||Accum, Frederick||Theoretical and Practical Chemistry||1803|
|J 22 18||Bancroft, Edward||Philosophy of Permanent Colours||1794|
|J 18 1||Boyle, Robert||The works of Robert Boyle Vol 1||1772|
|J 21 25||Chaptal, M J A||Chemistry app to Arts & Manufacture||1807|
|J 22 27||Chenevix, Richard||Remarks on Chemical Nomenclature||1802|
|J 22 30||Cullen, Edmund||Physical and Chemical Essays||1788|
|J 13 10||Dalton, John||Meteorological Observations & Essays||?|
|J 18 20||Davy, Humphrey||Elements of Agricultural Chemistry||1813|
|Bay 68||Davy, Humphrey||Elements of Chemical Philosophy||1812|
|J 22 6||Fourcroy, A F||Chemical Knowledge||1804|
|J 22 25||Gren, Frederic Charles||Modern Chemistry||1800|
|J 23 5||Henry, William||Epitome of Chemistry||1803|
|J 23 18||Miller, William Allen||Elements of Chemistry||1860|
|J 18 18||Nicholson, William||Natural Philosophy, Chemistry & the Arts||1802|
|J 12 5||Nicholson, William||Natural Philosophy Vol 1||1805|
|J 22 32||Nicholson, William||First Principles of Chemistry||1796|
|J 23 7||Parkinson, James||Pocket book of chemistry||1803|
|J 23 6||Skrimshire, Fenwick||Series of Chymical Essays||1804|
|J 14 11||Tyndall, John||Faraday as a Discoverer||1870|
|I 14 13||Whewell, William Rev||English University Education||1857|
|J 22 23||Conversations on Chemistry Vol2||1806|
|J 22 22||Conversations on Chemistry Vol 1||1806|
|I 2 20||Conversations on Political Economy||1816|
Saturday October 6th
Towns of the Future: Discovering town planning and development in the DEI
The major post-war plans of Exeter and Plymouth are well known, but did you know there was an equally radical plan for Exeter mooted in 1913? Or that the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England has its roots with Plymouth’s post-war planner, Patrick Abercrombie, and the rise of ribbon development? From the development of garden cities to the future of Devon, the DEI has as range of sources for examining urban development and change, which will be presented in this Saturday Snippet.
Saturday Snippet ‘Towns of the Future’ Bibliography
Town Plans and Development Plans
Devon County Council, The Household Questionnaire: An attitude survey of households in sample communities carried out for the Structure Plan (Devon County Council, 1978), AD 301 DEV (pamph)
Devon County Council, Totnes Conservation Study: Part 1 – surveys and conclusions (Devon County Council, 1972), AD/TOT 711 DEV XX
Devon County Council, Towards 2001: The future of the Exeter sub-region (Devon County Council, 1975), AD 309.25 DEV (pamph)
Devon County Council & Cornwall County Council Towards 2001: The future of the Plymouth sub-region (Devon and Cornwall County Councils, 1975), AD 309.25 DEV (pamph)
Exeter City Council, Housing: Opening of the 2000th post-war municipal house by the Right Honourable Sir Kingsley Wood MP, Minister of Health (City Council, Exeter, 1937), AD/EXE 711 EXE (pamph)
Mawson, Thomas, H, Exeter of the Future: A policy of improvement within a period of 100 years (London, 1913), S 54.12
Paton Watson, James, & Abercrombie, Patrick, A Plan for Plymouth (Underhill, Plymouth, 1943), AD/PLY 711 WAT X
Sharp, Thomas, Exeter Phoenix: A plan for rebuilding (Architectural Press, London, 1946), AD/EXE 711 SHA
Sharp, Thomas, Newer Sarum: A plan for Salisbury (Architectural Press, London, 1949), 914.231 SHA
Thompson, W. Harding, Devon: Coast, Moors and Rivers (University of London Press, London, 1932), AD 03 THO X
Wilson, Hugh, & Womersley, Lewis, Exeter: Central Area final report (Exeter City Council, 1970), AD/EXE 711 WIL
Barry, Jonathan (ed.), The Tudor and Stuart Town: A reader in English urban history 1530-1688 (Longman, London, 1990), 301 TUD
Borsay, Peter (ed.), The Eighteenth Century Town: A reader in English urban history 1688-1820 (Longman, London, 1990), 301.07 EIG
Chadwick, Edwin, General Report on the Sanitary Conditions of the Labouring Population of Great Britain (Clowes & Son, London, 1842), I 8.3
Dyos, H.J, & Wolff, Michael (eds.), The Victorian City: Images and Reality (2 vols. Routledge, London, 1973), 301 DYO X
Finberg, Joscelyne, Exploring Villages (Sutton Publishing, Stroud, 1998), AA 05 FIN
Rowntree, B.S, Poverty: A study of town life (MacMillan & Co, London, 1902), 339.1 ROW
Sennett, A.R, Garden Cities in Theory and in Practice (2 vols. Bemrose & Sons, London, 1905), N 17.11
Simpson, M.A & Lloyd, T.H, Middle Class Housing in Britain (David & Charles, Newton Abbot, 1977), 301.08 SIM
Taylor, Christopher, Village and Farmstead: A history of rural settlement in England (George Philip, London, 1984), AA 05 TAY
Taylor, James Stephen, Poverty, Migration and Settlement in the Industrail Revolution: Sojourners’ narratives (Society for the Promotion of Science and Scholarship, Palo Alto, 1989), 344 TAY
Turner, Sam & Silvester, Bob (eds), Life in Medieval Landsapes: People and places in the Middle Ages (Windgather Press, Oxford, 2012), AA 05 TUR
Mellor, Hugh, Exeter Architecture (Phillimore, Chichester, 1989), AD/EXE 720 MEL
Portman, D, Exeter Houses 1400-1700 (University of Exeter, Exeter, 1966), AD/EXE 728 POR
Summerson, John, Architecture in Britain 1530-1830 (5th ed. Penguin, Middlesex, 1969), 720 SUM
Journals and Periodicals
Council for the Preservation of Rural England – Reports, Bay 27 lower cupboard
Deserted Medieval Village Research Group (see below for later title), Bay 25 lower cupboard
Medieval Settlement Research Group (see above for earlier title), Bay 25 lower cupboard
Urban History Yearbook, Bay 25 lower cupboard
Saturday 1st September
Jeremy Lawford The Victorian Art of Persuasion
Jeremy spoke about the use of political propaganda in the 1868 General Election with particular reference to a series of Tory posters in the DEI collection which were influential in the Exeter campaign.
Richard S Lambert The Cobbett of the West 1939
E H Coleridge 1904? Life and Correspondence of John Duke Lord Coleridge
Illustrated London News 28 November 1868
Annual Register 1868
Western Times Sept to Dec 1868
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette ditto
John Allan shared our collection of architectural drawings:
The DEI holds an extensive and important collection of architectural drawings, mainly of the 19th century, much of which is not well known.
In this session we will look at a selection of the most important holdings, including works by notable Victorian architects who were also fine draftsmen, such as Edward Ashworth; we will also look at the scrapbooks of the Exeter Diocesan Architectural Society including the life-size records of the cathedral’s medieval window glass by John Loveband Fulford, and the miscellaneous collections of late Georgian details.
Dr David Parker will share insights into the Victorian era.
A critical look at the illustrations and accompanying articles in the Illustrated London News and some other prints in the DEIs collection.
This Saturday Snippets explored the vast array of contemporary illustrations and articles, many by famous artists, engravers and writers, to be found in the volumes of the Illustrated London News founded in May 1842. Nearly everyone has heard of it, but few delve into its pages. The annual volumes on the inner library shelves of the DEI run up to 1893 and provide the reader and researcher with an invaluable insight into Victorian aristocratic and working class society, technological advances and the various international exhibitions devoted to them, the growth of leisure and sporting activities, Imperial ambitions and the numerous wars caused by them, and the world that was expanding through exploration, colonialism and trade. The illustrations – all hand drawn up until the first printed photographs in the 1890s – and the accompanying articles provided readers then, and now, with an engrossing insight and commentary (usually nationalistic but frequently caustic) into current affairs. Often they provide an unusual, and thought-provoking, slant on emerging issues.
Paul Auchterlonie shared books from the Geography collection.
The nineteenth century was the century of exploration and discovery and the proprietors of the DEI followed the adventures of these brave men (and occasional women) all over the globe from the deserts of Arabia through the jungles of Equatorial Africa to the frozen wastes of the Arctic.
The geography collection on the DEI (class G now shelved in the gallery) contains not only some of the most interesting books of the period but also some of the most beautifully illustrated, and Saturday’s talk will be an opportunity to explore the intrepid world of the great explorers.
Dr Robin Wootton shared books from the Natural History Collection.
Saturday Snippet Summary – Robin Wootton
The D&EI was founded at a time of intense interest and activity in the natural sciences, and this is amply reflected in its library. There are early editions of many of the leading C18th naturalists: Gilbert White, Thomas Pennant, George Montagu, William Ellis, as well as Carl Linnaeus, the founder of modern systematic biology, and the Comte de Buffon, the great encyclopaedist. The spectacular advances in knowledge of the living world that resulted from expeditions and from the availability of good microscopes in the C19th are reflected in a fine collection of monographs on specific groups of animals, plants and Protista, often published by the still extant Ray Society. Among many others these include the splendid account of the stalk-eyed Crustacea by William Elford Leach, who was the prime mover in the foundation of the Institution, as well as Charles Darwin’s monograph of the world’s barnacles, published before The Origin of Species, and that of Philip Henry Gosse on British sea anemones and corals. Gosse, one of the greatest of all observational biologists, who spent much of his life in Devon, is also well represented by his popular writings.
The early years of the Institution saw one of the greatest of all human intellectual revolutions: the realisation that species were not created in their present form but have evolved from simplest beginnings through hundreds of millions of years. The library’s collections provide a fascinating insight into the progressive development of these ideas and the controversies that surrounded them, with works by several pioneering minor writers as well as those by Erasmus Darwin, Charles Darwin, Alfred Russell Wallace and Thomas Henry Huxley. The most influential opponents of evolutionary ideas, the comparative morphologists Georges Cuvier and Richard Owen, are also well represented, and a remarkable early run of the Mémoires du Museum d’Histoire Naturelle with papers by Cuvier, Lamarck and St Hilaire in the thick of evolutionary controversy in Paris in the early years of the century is a rare resource for biological historians.
Since 1900, the library has increasingly concentrated on the South West, and natural history acquisitions have been largely limited to this area. The library would provide a useful resource for students of the changes in the flora and fauna of Devon and Cornwall in the last 200 years, should any such be undertaken.
Dr Robert Higham spoke on ‘The Domesday Book, Old English Charters and the Institution’s Library: studying 11th- century England’
Development of the Institution’s library in the 19th century coincided with a period of great interest in the primary sources for medieval English history. This interest continued, unabated, and the library went on to acquire many crucial publications in this field.
This brief talk will draw attention to items on our shelves, published between the 1780s and our own day, containing the texts of Domesday Book and Old English charters or containing scholarly discussions of those sources and what they reveal about late Saxon and early Norman England.
To these printed items can now be added internet resources which can be consulted from desks in our – indeed in any – library amidst the published output of more than two centuries. Past, present and future generations of readers – both professional and amateur – are thus connected.