Welcome

We are working to get this site up and running!

We are currently recruiting volunteers – if you would like to join us, please send an introductory email to coordinator@demht.org and we will get in touch to talk about the different opportunites!

In the meantime, here is a bit about us:

The Devon & Exeter Medical Heritage Trust was set up in August 2020, and has gratefully received a collection of historical medical items from the Devon & Exeter Medical Society. 

The Collection was initially held in the old Hospital library, then the postgraduate centre. In 2017, it moved to St Nicholas Priory, where we have an exhibition space and put on regular events.

The Collection contains approximately 12,000 items of medical equipment and books – we are currently cataloguing this! The medical artefacts are an eclectic mix of donated items, everything from Roman scalpels to a WWII portable anaesthetic machine, nurses uniforms to 18th-century medicine chests.

Most of the pre-1900 manuscripts and books are held now at the Cathedral library. Other artefacts are on display at the Priory, in the Cathedral library, and on display at the Wellcome Centre of the University of Exeter.

Cataloguing the Collection is ongoing! In 2004, the Wellcome Institute awarded a grant to catalogue and photograph items, but some remain unseen and unknown to us. DEMH Trust aims to continue this work, curating displays on a regular basis and becoming accredited as a museum.

We are proud partners of the Thriving Communities project and members of the Heritage Compass Programme!