THE DEVON & EXETER INSTITUTION was founded in 1813 by some two hundred gentlemen of the county and city,

‘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’.

A lease, later to be followed by a freehold, was obtained from the Dean and Chapter of Exeter Cathedral of the former town house of the Courtenay family and one-time home of the Parliamentary general, Sir William Waller. Retaining part of the Tudor house at the rear, which still stands, and the gatehouse range fronting the Close, the founding fathers demolished the old hall and kitchen and in their place and on the former courtyard built two lofty libraries lit by domed lanterns, each library with its own gallery, glazed cupboards and extensive shelving. The building, unchanged except for the installation of electric light and gas-fired central heating has a Grade II* rating in the statutory list of historic buildings in the city.

DEI is recruiting a Librarian

Part time: 9.30am – 1pm Monday – Friday.

Salary band: £24,000 - £27,500 pro rata.

Fixed term contract until June 2018 (may be extended thereafter subject to funding).

The Devon & Exeter Institution (DEI) is seeking an energetic, enthusiastic, experienced and well-qualified person to become our Librarian. The successful candidate will ensure the smooth running of the library and support the ethos and aims of the DEI through an exciting period of development.

The DEI is currently undertaking a programme of renovation and activity, which has as its objective the restoration of the Institution premises, care and development of its collections and engagement of new audiences.

The DEI has an historic role as a promoter of Literature, Science and the Arts in the city of Exeter and the county of Devon and occupies Grade II* listed premises at the heart of Exeter in Cathedral Close. Applicants will be able to tour the premises before interview.

Please download an application pack by clicking here. None-compressed format application pack available here.

Applicants should email their application form and CV to

Closing date for applications is Monday 7th Dec 2015.

Interviews will be held on Wednesday 16th December 2015.

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