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Magic and the Muse – Magic Lantern Spectacle

Artemis Willis Poster Design: Vicki Bowring

Since 2015 the University of Exeter has been a leading partner in the ‘Million Pictures’ European research project investigating the history and usage of magic lantern slides in educational contexts, coordinated in the UK by Professor Joe Kember of the English Department.

As part of the impact of this innovative and successful project, the public are now offered a rare opportunity to experience a spectacular magic lantern event in a public city-centre venue.

Magic and the Muse, a magic lantern spectacle, will take place on the evening of 12 January at the Barnfield Theatre, Exeter. Both original and specially-created lantern slides will be shown and a genuine Victorian triple lantern will be used. The lantern show will be accompanied by live music, creating a fantastic combination of music, performance and projection, including a rare demonstration of projection onto a ‘living screen’.

For more information and to buy tickets, click here.     

Library System Maintenance Today

On Tuesday 12th December we will be undertaking some Library System Maintenance from around 15.00pm until 17.00pm – although it may be a risk for some time after this.

During this period you will be unable to issue or return books using our equipment  and our main catalogue will be unavailable.

So :

  • Please return items using our drop box at both St Lukes and the Forum Library
  • To issue items staff will be available at the desk at the Forum and St Luke’s library and by phone from the Old Library.
  • To find items which are physically on our shelves you can use the Worldcat catalogue – .   Just search for your items and then you can check for it at a location so you can search for the University of Exeter.
  • All our databases are available from their pages at just search and access as normal.
  • ALL OF OUR ONLINE MATERIAL IS AVAILABLE – you can search from the web but you will need to login to get access to any subscribed materials if you are off campus.
  • If you need help with anything then please do get in touch by email –  or phone 01392 723867.

    Thank you for your patience.


Next Saturday, 29th April, at 2pm there will be a special screening of Bill Douglas’s masterpiece ‘Comrades’ at Exeter Phoenix. The screening will be introduced by Bill’s lifelong friend and collaborator Peter Jewell and marks the 20th anniversary of the opening of The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum, the accession by the University of Bill Douglas’s working papers and the 30th anniversary of the original release of the film. The film; a poor man’s epic’ tells the story of the Tolpuddle Marytrs and features early performances by well-known actors such as Imelda Staunton and Keith Allen.

Booking details are here:

Here’s a photo of Bill with the cast, taken on set by David Appleby.18056845_1479802722071449_9140515595530982181_n

Library Maintenance Finished

Thank you for your patience, we have completed our system maintenance and all our services should be back up and running.

You can now issue and return items as normal in the Forum Library . Plus you should be able to access and use all our online resources and the catalogue.

If you do encounter any problems please e.mail us at


Library System Maintenance Monday 21st November

There will be Library System Maintenance on Monday 21st November starting at 16.00pm and hopefully finishing around 20.00pm although the system is “at risk” after this time.

We apologise that there is no access to the catalogue during this period. Exeter University Holdings can be found via Copac

In the Forum Library you will be able to borrow items by taking them to the member of staff at the front of the library and you will be able to return any materials via the Drop box but not the Returns machine.

You can still access our online resources via our provided list and via your bookmarks

Any problems please do get in touch via email :

During the maintenance – accessing bookmarked e-resources

If you have bookmarked your favourite e-resources you can access them via the following methods whilst the catalogue is unavailable –


Find the resource via a web search and look for an option to login via the site.  This will usually be signed as something like ‘login via your institution’, ‘Shibboleth’ or ‘UK Federation’.  Then select ‘University of Exeter’ and login normally.


Find the resource but if you get an error message  like ‘502 bad gateway’ error then amend as follows.

Have a look at the link you are trying to access: if it has the bits in red and bold

Then remove these from the link so it looks like this  –

Once you have done this, go to the site and login as in option 1.


Have a look at the link you are trying to access: if it has the bits in bold

Then remove these from the link so it looks like this  –

and it should work.

If you are off campus and having problems with this method, you need to go via the VPN and also remove the parts from the link as above.

If you need help please get in touch with us at: Email:


+44 (0) 1392 723867

Webinar: Big Data and Social Research Ethics

27 October 2016
Online, 15.00-16.00

Big data is everywhere – or at least it seems to be. It may seem that all social research is now devoted to big data in various forms: social media, administrative data, transaction records, geo-spatial data, and more.

This is an introductory webinar aimed at researchers interested in big data and social research ethics.

The webinar will consist of a 30 minute presentation followed by questions and answers.

To find out more and to register go to the UK Data Service Site here.