Exeter Historic Building Trust (EHBT) exists to preserve for the benefit of the people of Exeter and the nation buildings and other structures in and around the city of particular beauty or of historic or architectural merit.

EHBT was founded in 1996 to rescue the former refectory wing of the 11th century Benedictine monastery of St Nicholas Priory.


St Nicholas Priory – Sunday Openings

We look forward to welcoming visitors back to St Nicholas Priory for outside tours on Sunday afternoons from Sunday 4th April 2021

For more information and to book go to  www.nicholaspriory.com

Even when St Nicholas Priory is closed you can still explore the building. Check out these 360° images from Creation Graphics www.nicholaspriory.com/visit-us/

On-line Activities for Families

Families are able to access a series of on-line activities which are aimed at helping children to connect with the some of the rich and inspiring stories associated with the Priory’s past. They will then be invited to send in their completed activities which will be presented in an online exhibition as well as a live exhibition when the Priory reopens later this year

There will also be an extra special challenge in the form of a competition to design a stained-glass window panel for the Priory’s Great Hall. The winning entry will be made up and displayed in the Priory this summer.

Activities are available to download from www.nicholaspriory.com/education

We present the following on-line events:

  • Lunchtime Lecture:  The Exeter Blitz – Clive Russell – Wednesday 5th May 2021 at 1pm
  • Lunchtime Lecture: The Siege of Exeter, 1549 – Dr Ed Fox – Wednesday 12th May 2021 at 1pm
  • Lunchtime Lecture:  Tools of Trade (The DEMH Trust Collection) – Professor David Radstone – Wednesday 2nd June 2021 at 1pm

For more information and to book visit www.nicholaspriory.com

All’s Well – Our Latest Community Project!

‘All’s Well’ is a new project run by Exeter Community Centre Trust (ECCT), Exeter Historic Buildings Trust (EHBT) and Devon & Exeter Medical Heritage Trust (DEMHT), aiming to show the benefits of engaging with heritage for health. We will use £46.2k from the Thriving Communities Fund and others to support vulnerable communities through history and heritage.

You can read more about it here: www.nicholaspriory.com/alls-well/

St Nicholas Priory receives lifeline grant from the Government’s £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund

St Nicholas Priory is one of 445 heritage organisations across the country set to receive a lifesaving financial boost from the government to help them through the coronavirus pandemic thanks to the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund. The Culture Recovery Fund is provided by the Department for Culture, Media & Sport and administered at arms length by Historic England and the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

The Priory will receive a total of £42,700. This money will pay for essential repairs, some development work; equally importantly, the grant enables Exeter Historic Buildings Trust to retain its part-time staff until the end of March.