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We are open as usual: Tuesdays to Fridays 10am-5pm and Saturdays 10am-4pm.
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What's on

Heritage Open Days 2023 Celebrates ‘Creativity Unwrapped!’ (8th – 17th September)

We're delighted to be taking part in England's largest celebration of history and culture again this year. The Heritage Open Days festival brings people together to celebrate their heritage, community and history, and offers the perfect opportunity to see hidden places and try out new experiences! The year's festival 'Creativity Unwrapped' shares England’s colourful history of creativity. celebrating the experts and enthusiastic amateurs whose passions and skills add something special to our daily lives.

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A gift to the Queen of Seaweed

As it is the season to be poking around in rock pools and enjoying the Devon coast, our Book of the Month is Landsborough’s A popular history of British sea-weeds. Published in 1849, this work invited amateur and expert alike to take delight in the natural history of the seashore. The DEI is lucky to hold a copy formerly owned by Mrs Griffiths of Torquay – the Queen of Seaweed.

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Oyntments, powders and syrops – a mysterious medical recipe manuscript

Deep in the Manuscripts Cupboard of the Devon and Exeter Institution library lives a small, roughly bound, handwritten book, containing recipes for the treatment of many ailments, from ‘almond milk for a fever’, to ‘a powder against bleeding of lunggs’ and ‘an oyntment against swellings’. There are even instructions to make ‘a distilled water for the plague’. This manuscript contains no clear indications of authorship, and no definite date of creation. Written in different hands, there is the suggestion of this book being passed down, sharing its medicinal wisdom through the generations.

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The Next Chapter project update – May 2022

Our Director Emma, explains the phasing of capital works and what to expect over the coming months.
Do drop in to one of our Project Cafes which happen on the 4th Wednesday of the month in the Courtenay Room, where you can find out more and ask any questions over a cup of tea.

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Light on the Green Appeal

We would like to invite you to support our Light on the Green Appeal, raising funds to reinstate and restore the roof lantern visible from Cathedral Green.
Find out more about details about our appeal and how you can support it.

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Light on the Green Appeal Launch

We would like to invite you to support our Light on the Green Appeal by joining us for a summer party at the Institution on Thursday 9th June at 6pm. Book tickets and donate here.

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