William Elford Leach (1791-1836) was a prominent zoologist, born in the height of the Age of Enlightenment in Plymouth, Devon. From a young age, he began to collect marine specimens […]
Donated in 1977 to the Institution as a generous gift from Chawton House, this small volume of Jane Austen's juvenilia has borne witness to a fascinating history of friendship and correspondence.
In the Age of Enlightenment, in which our own Institution was founded, various individuals turned to the skies. As a professional science, Astronomy was still relatively young in the early […]
January is exam season, and we would like to extend wishes of good luck to our student members, many of whom have been revising and studying here over the last […]
“My humble effort is designed to lead the youthful and cheer the weary spirit, by leading them, with a woman’s hand, to the Ferny Combes and Dells of Devon.” Beautifully […]
Press Release December 2021 – The Devon and Exeter Institution secures a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant for The Next Chapter project.
The Devon and Exeter Institution, an independent library and educational charity in the heart of Exeter, has received a £814,000 National Lottery Heritage Fund grant for the second stage of its project, following a development grant of £186,000 awarded in March 2020; a total grant of one million pounds.
We're delighted to offer some exciting new opportunities to join our team. We are seeking a Projects and Programme Officer, a Collections and Research Assistant and offering a funded PhD in partnership with the University of Exeter, as part of our Next Chapter development project.
It's been a busy week at the Institution as we continue with preparatory works for the Next Chapter project. This week we have been working with the team from Oakford Archaeology, to see what lies beneath our courtyard.
Here is the very first video blog (Vlog) of our project.