Medical History and Instruments – Interactive Workshop Series by Devon & Exeter Medical Heritage Trust

Join us for our series of interactive workshops on medical history and heritage! Each session consists of a forty-minute talk and twenty minutes for questions, with time after in the Priory’s Great Hall for refreshments, further discussions and to explore our exhibition and handling session. We will have some medical items from our collection on display for you to interact with!

For more info on the individual sessions, please refer to the list below and visit DEMHT’s website

Wed 15 December 2021, 1pm

Bugs, Epidemics and Plagues #allswell

Dr Marina Morgan


Wed 26 January 2022, 1pm

1832: Exeter in the Time of Cholera,

Thomas Shapter and other Exeter Worthies

Dr Peter Selley


Wed 16 February 2022, 1pm

Exeter Hospitals and Medical Institutions

Over the Ages

Dr Sue Knox


Wed 16 March 2022, 1pm

Instruments that Doctors Use:

An Illustrated History

Professor David Radstone


Wed 20 April 2022, 1pm

Aches and Pains: Medical Specialism in Exeter

Dr Richard Jacoby


Wed 18 May 2022, 1pm

Writing and Imaging the History of Medicine

Dr Christopher Gardner-Thorpe


For more info in the individual sessions, please visit DEMHT’s website

All are welcome to come and listen and to take part in discussion, whether already with a general interest in the topic or new to enquire and contribute.

The sessions will be held in the Meeting Room at St Nicholas Priory, situated on Mint Lane, off Fore Street, EX4 3BL. The collection of medical and surgical instruments, in excess of twelve thousand items, is currently housed here; the items are exhibited in rotation.


Do come and join us to soak up the history of Exeter’s oldest building and this quiet corner of the city.

Founded by William the Conqueror in 1087, St Nicholas Priory was home to Benedictine monks for over 400 years and is the oldest building in Exeter. In 1536, like other monasteries, it was closed and the remains became the home of wealthy Tudor merchants.

St Nicholas Priory is in Mint Lane with walking access from Fore Street or Bartholomew Street West.
The nearest car park is Mary Arches Street (5 mins). Parking at Smythen Street and Harlequin Shopping Centre is also available.  Exeter Central railway station (10 mins). The bus station is a 15-minute walk away with many buses stopping on the High Street (1o mins).


Unfortunately, only the ground floor of our building is wheelchair-accessible.

Accessible loos and nappy-changing facilities.

If you have any questions or concerns about your visit to the priory, please email our buildings manager


May 18 2022


13:00 - 15:00



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St Nicholas Priory
Mint Lane, Off Fore Street, Exeter, Devon, EX4 3BL
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