The Arts Society explains Heritage Volunteering as follows:

Conservation and preservation of our heritage are tremendous burdens on the limited resources of museums, National Trust properties, historic houses, libraries and gardens. Volunteers help them in non-specialist but vital ways by caring for collections, recording documents, guiding and stewarding.

Our Society has been asked if we could supply volunteers at the Totnes Museum to catalogue old books.  The Administrator would be enormously glad of any help we can provide as there is always plenty to do in the Archive section of the Museum.  

Please get in touch with us via this website if you would be interested in volunteering to help in this way.


Heritage Volunteers Information  September 2019

Older than the Cathedral: Exeter’s Oldest Manuscripts

Wednesday 9th October 2019 at 18:30 

Established in 1050 by Leofric, the first Bishop of Exeter, Exeter Cathedral is home to a number of original Anglo Saxon manuscripts. The most widely known of these is undoubtedly the Exeter Book of Anglo Saxon Poetry. However, there are also Saxon charters in the Archives, and in the Library there is a 10th century copy of Rabanus Maurus and Isidore of Seville, and Bede’s Death Song in Old English survives in a 13th century manuscript. For the first time, all these manuscripts will be displayed together, along with printed works on Anglo Saxon life, literature and culture from the 16th century onwards.

Join Peter Thomas (Cathedral Librarian), and Ellie Jones (Cathedral Archivist) for this special evening celebrating the Anglo Saxon written word.

This will be a small group session in the Cathedral Library & Archives Reading Room, giving you the chance to see all the items up close, and with plenty of opportunity to ask questions.

Exeter Cathedral Library & Archives Reading Room, West Wing of the Bishop’s Palace.

Tickets: £15. Booking available from 01392 285983 (Monday to Friday) and online.


 Library & Archives: Quaint and Curious Volumes

Thursday 10th October 2019 at 10:30

10.30-12.00 & 12.00-13.00

You don’t need to be a scholar to enjoy the Cathedral Library. Join us for a light-hearted look at a few of the quirkier items in our Library. This will be a chance to see a some of the humbler, more unsung treasures of the Library – hidden pictures, doodles, doggerel verse, magic, men in the moon, novel vegetables, hair tonics, and some tongue-in-cheek advice to churchwardens This event is aimed at adults, but accompanied children (and scholars) are welcome too. Booking essential as limited numbers apply.

This event is running as part of Libraries Week 2019, the national campaign celebrating libraries.

Booking available from 01392 285983 (Monday to Friday) and online.


Ian Morter Art Tour

Wednesday 9th October 2019 at 12:30

Revd Canon Ian Morter will be exploring the paintings in the Cathedral that you may have noticed but not especially understood or been able to read. Ian will enlighten us on the Raphael, the Leonardo and a couple more gems from our art collection that are tucked-away, including one hidden in our reception.

NB. There will be a small flight of stairs to take on this walking tour.

Tickets £7.50. Booking available from 01392 285983 (Monday to Friday) and online.