The Devon and Exeter Institution (DEI)
The DEI was founded in 1813 ‘for promoting the general diffusion of science, literature and art, and for illustrating the natural and civil history of the county of Devon and the City of Exeter’. The library contains some 35,000 volumes and a unique collection of local newspapers – some dating from the 18th century – as well as maps, prints and drawings.
Devon Communities Together
Devon Communities Together is the Rural Community Council for Devon. It is an independent charity with over 57 years’ experience of community development work. Founded in 1961 it has accumulated a wealth of experience in helping communities resolve and progress the matters that are important to them.
Devon Historic Churches Trust
The Devon Historic Churches Trust is dedicated to funding repairs and maintenance to places of Christian worship in the Diocese of Exeter and throughout Devon. Funding for its grants comes from the generosity of its supporters: either by donations, membership subscriptions, fundraising activities or legacies.
The Devon Rural Archive (DRA)
The DRA was launched in 2006 by the Fenwick Charitable Trust with the aim of providing research material primarily on the building and landscape heritage of Devon for historians, archaeologists and genealogists. The purpose-built archive in the grounds of the Shilstone estate near Modbury has a growing reference library, display gallery and lecture room as well as regular exhibitions.
Exeter Civic Society
An influential and respected local voice that aims to promote high standards of planning and architecture in Exeter. While preserving and protecting the historic buildings and features of Exeter, the Society also welcomes new development which will enhance the city whilst maintaining its character and beauty.
Geologists’ Association (GA)
Founded in 1858, the GA is a charitable organisation for all geologists and earth scientists, both professional and amateur. The Association publishes a news magazine, a series of guide books and a professional scientific journal.
The Plymouth Athenaeum
The Plymouth Athenaeum (formerly The Plymouth Institution) was founded in 1812 and is open to everyone with an interest in the study and promotion of the arts, literature, science and technology. It houses a local interest library and boasts a 340-seat theatre.
Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM)
RAMM’s collections document the natural and cultural history of the City of Exeter within a regional, national and international context. RAMM was crowned ‘Museum of the Year’ in 2012, following an extensive redevelopment project.