Collection of Children’s Historical Books at Taunton Library

Illustration by E. V. B. from from The Story Without an End

The exhibition at Exeter Central Library will also feature books on loan from Taunton Library, which houses the collection of Children’s Historical Books belonging to Somerset Libraries. The collection consists of about 1,800 works for children published between 1790 and 1910. It covers diverse subjects in a range of formats and includes nursery stories, fairy tales, poetry, verses, rhymes, songs, biography, religion, history, travel, geography, natural sciences, games, pastimes, alphabets, dictionaries and toy books. Continue reading


Easter Opening Times for Exhibitions

If you’re thinking of visiting the Girls and Boys in Storyland exhibitions over the Easter holidays (and we hope you are!) then please check the Easter opening times before your visit. Exeter Central Library is shut on Good Friday (6 April) and Easter Monday (9 April) but otherwise open as normal. The opening times for the University’s Research Commons can be found here.


The Most Amazing Book Ever Written

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So ran the advertising slogan for H. Rider Haggard’s 1885 novel King Solomon’s Mines. The University of Exeter Special Collections has an early edition, complete with fold-out map pasted into the front of the book. A caption on the map reads: ‘Fac-simile of the map of the route to King Solomon’s Mines, now in the … Continue reading