Devon & Exeter Medical Heritage Trust

Devon and Exeter Medical Heritage Trust

The Devon & Exeter Hospital was founded in 1741 and the Devon & Exeter Medico-Chirurgical Society in 1780. That became the Devon & Exeter Medical Society (DEMS).

The Devon & Exeter Medical Heritage Trust was set up in August 2020, and has gratefully received a collection of historical medical items from DEMS. The Collection contains approximately 12,000 items of medical equipment and other ephemera. It is exhibited at St Nicholas Priory. The artefacts are an eclectic mix of donated items - everything from Roman scalpels to WWII portable anaesthetic machinery, nurses uniforms to 18th-century medicine chests. Find us on instagram @DEMH_Trust

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Admission & prices

Free entry to the priory on Sundays from 1-4pm.
Chargeable booked tours, illustrated talks and handling sessions are available outside public opening hours.

Find us

The Priory is on Mint Lane with walking access from Fore Street or Bartholomew Street West.
The nearest car park is Mary Arches Street, which is a 5 min walk.
Exeter Central train station is a 10 min walk.
The Bus Station is a 15 min walk.


  • Toilets On-Site
  • Wheelchair access
  • Childrens activities
  • Gift Shop

Small shop, including second hand books.

Toilets, including disabled and baby-changing facilities.

Activities and events throughout the year.

Unfortunately, the upper floors are not currently accessible for wheelchair users

The museum offers an opportunity to see and safely hold under supervision old instruments such as Roman scalpels, a Napoleonic amputation set and a WWII portable anaesthetic machine.
Recent exhibitions during the Priory public openings have included “Poisons in Society” and “Midwives”.

St Nicholas Priory
Mint Lane


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Devon and Exeter Medical Heritage Trust

St Nicholas Priory
Mint Lane