Online Resources

Special Collections

Special Collections holds 350 collections of archives and manuscripts. These include the richest collection of twentieth-century literary papers by writers associated with the south west of England in any university library. Writers represented include Ted Hughes, Leonard Baskin, John Betjeman, Daphne du Maurier, Henry Williamson, Charles Causley, Patricia Beer, Theo Brown, Jack Clemo, TS Eliot, John Fowles, Eden Phillpotts, Lawrence Sail, John Fairfax, John Moat, Sylvia Kantaris, Agatha Christie, Frances Bellerby, Arthur Caddick, RF Delderfield, James Farrar, A L Rowse, and Flora Thompson.

The collections are used extensively in University teaching and research programmes. We also have strong links with other regional, national and international institutions, engaging in outreach and collaborative projects which benefit both the University and the broader community.

The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum

The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum contains both a public museum and an academic research centre, housing one of Britain's largest public collections of books, prints, artefacts and ephemera relating to the history and prehistory of cinema. The Museum provides a research collection of international stature, illustrating the development of optical recreation and popular entertainment from the late 18th century to Classical Hollywood and the present day. Complementing the University's existing extensive resources for the study of popular culture, the Collection's 18,000 books gives Exeter the country's largest university library on cinema.

Research centres

Centre for South West Writing

Centre for Interdisciplinary Film Research

Staff blogs

Professor Tim Kendall – 'War Poetry Blog'

Andy Brown -

Mr Matt Hayler – '404 Words Not Found: Digital Humanities blog'

Dr Dan North – 'Spectacular Attractions: film in all its forms'

PhD blogs

Philip Lancaster – Ivor Gurney Blog

Carrie Smith and Dr Lisa Stead - Reclamation and Representation: the Boundaries of the Literary Archive