Hidden Treasures

Piggy enters the ballroom

Piggy enters the ballroom

The Special Collections at Exeter Central Library have been built up over a number of years by donation, bequest and purchase and contain some truly unique and fabulous items.

We are really proud of the collections and are keen to try and improve access to all.

Over the past few years we have been trying to develop a ‘presence’ for the collections and promote them more widely via our ‘Special Collections’ webpages and more recently by adding images from the collection to our Flickr pages.

We also have regular exhibitions of items from the Special Collections at Exeter Central Library. These vary in size and topic. You can see a short film of one of our recent exhibition “Down in the Forest something stirred…” on YouTube.

A is for Apple Pie - exhibition poster

A is for Apple Pie...

Our next display will be w/b 28th February and the topic will be alphabets and counting books from the Devon Collection of Children’s books.

The Special Collections are made up of a number of smaller collections and include the Rare Book Collection which includes items dating back to the sixteenth century and covers a broad range of subjects including biography, political history, law, numismatics and herbals. There are about 1500 items in total. The Devon Collection of Children’s Books contains items which would appeal to all ages. As well as copies of children’s books from the seventeenth century onwards the collection also includes wooden alphabet blocks, a Victorian board game, fable cards and much much more!  A flavour of what we have can be found on our Devon Collection of Children’s Books webpage and on Flickr.

Want to find out more? Visit our Special Collections webpages.