At the approach of the Millennium the Incorporation decided it wished to provide greater public access to the history of the Incorporation and the Hall.

Read more ...The Development Project involved acquiring additional property to the rear of the Hall which nearly doubled the current space, thereby freeing up the existing ground floor, the former chapel and later schoolroom. This allowed for the improvement of physical access to the Hall and the creation of the visitors interpretation centre, as well as an office, new toilets and kitchen. The existing fabric of the Hall has been carefully restored and refurbished.

A key aspect of the project was the interpretation scheme which provides on-site and website access to information, including our complete records, all of which are of great educational value. This will cover the evolution of the woollen cloth trade and the craft guilds; the establishment of the Incorporation and the historical significance of the Hall and the impact on the social and economic development of the city of Exeter and the surrounding area.


The total project cost was in excess of £600k and we are extremely grateful to the following for their generous financial support:

  • The Clothworkers' Foundation

  • The Drapers' Charitable Fund

  • The Worshipful Company of Weavers

  • The Girdlers’ Company

  • The Duchy of Cornwall

  • Lord Barnaby’s Foundation

  • The Norman Charitable Trust
  • The 
Steel Charitable Trust

  • The Pilgrim Trust
Exeter Historic Buildings Trust

  • The Devonshire Association
The Exeter Local History Society
The Heritage Lottery Fund

  • Exeter Canal and Quay Trust 

We also wish to thank present, past members and friends of the Incorporation, in particular, the very generous contribution by Michael Baker, a former Master of the Incorporation and his family. We are also pleased to acknowledge the help and cooperation received from the following: