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With our expertise in Heritage Innovation, Creative Industries and Place-shaping, we deliver inspiring collaborative programmes with museums, galleries, theatres, businesses, NGOs, national networks and international bodies.

Through our research and engagement with external partners, we support the UK’s creative sector to be innovative, collaborative and international. Our use and adoption of emerging and immersive technologies helps to develop new products, services and experiences in a variety of commercial sectors: creative digital media, publishing, performing and visual arts, and film and television.

Working with Exeter City Council, we are hosting UNESCO Exeter City of Literature from 2020 onwards. We hold Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) with major South West arts and cultural organisations, including RAMM, South West Fed, South West Heritage Trust and Powderham Castle.

The University of Exeter is rated among the top 100 Higher Education Institutions for the study of arts and humanities in the world. As one of the UK’s leading centres for research and teaching across a diverse range of subjects, this theme reflects all aspects of human experience, culture and creativity.

Our specialists can work with you on:

  • Development of new archive materials and interpretation
  • Conservation Management Plans
  • Digitisation solutions and training
  • Use of heritage assets in new initiatives
  • Business strategy and governance
  • Entrepreneurship and leadership
  • Engaging students, employees and employers in skills development
  • Supporting investment in international cultural programmes
  • Evaluation and impact assessments
  • Creative producing

Partnerships and Collaborations

Audiences of the Future: Reimaging the Future of Museum Visitor ExperiencesA partnership between seven organisations is hoping to create groundbreaking interactive exhibitions at the Natural History Museum and the Science Museum, supported by a multi-disciplinary team at the University of Exeter.

Centre for Intermedia and Creative Technology - Advanced transdisciplinary research in digital technology and creative media through collaborations between artists, programmers, performers, designers and scientists. The Centre lists over 15 active industry partners from the media technology sector and creative industries.

Culture Innovation Consultancy – By building project-specific teams of academics and knowledge economy specialists from multiple disciplines and colleges, we provide consultancy to clients nationally and internationally, for public and private organisations, businesses, large-scale institutions and regional initiatives.

Exeter Culture – Hosted within IIB, Exeter Culture is an arts development programme supported by a unique multi-partner collaboration across the city. Through providing advocacy, advice and guidance, it aims to amplify and promote the growth of the city’s arts ecology, and was instrumental in gaining the recent UNESCO status. 

UNESCO Exeter City of Literature – The University is the host of the new programme and as one of the bid’s significant partners, The University of Exeter hosts the archives of works connected to famous writers such as William Golding, Ted Hughes, Agatha Christie, Daphne du Maurier and Sir John Betjeman.

VISTA – AR - Digital technology combining the real and the virtual in order to discover the past or invisible history of a site.


Our state-of-the-art £1.2million Digital Humanities Lab is a research space for the examination and preservation of important historical, literary and visual artefacts, and has supported unique insights on Thomas Hardy, the Exeter Book and Powderham Castle.

Our new Vsimulators experimental facility in Exeter offers a world class facility, combining VR technology capable of immersing occupants simultaneously in headset projected VR scenarios.

The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum is a unique research resource used by external researchers from the UK and abroad. Any researcher is able to look at holdings from the collection in our reading room.

Special Collections manages unique and distinct collections of archives and rare books.


Brigid Howarth - Head of Society, Culture and Organisations
Phone: 01392 724315

Belinda Dillon - Impact and Partnership Development Manager, Culture Consultancy Manager
Phone: 01392 722291

Joanne Evans - Impact and Partnership Development Manager, Creative Industry

Nadia Khalaf - Heritage Innovation
Phone: 01392 724033

Dom Jinks - Impact and Partnership Development Manager, Creative Places
Phone: 01392 722407