Heritage Open Days: Under the Microscope at Custom House Visitor Centre

Exeter Quay, Exeter, Devon, EX2 4AN

Tel: 01392 271611

Exeter Custom House (c) Philip Vile Photography


A special one day event for Heritage Open Days inviting a closer look at Marcus Vergette’s artworks in the Recalibration
exhibition and the book that inspired them – Robert Hooke’s 17th work on microscopy, Micrographia

Micrographia Robert Hooke's celebrated 17th century book on microscopy expanded our understanding of the natural world by
revealing details that cannot be seen with the naked eye. Artist Marcus Vergette has been inspired by Hooke’s playfulness and
way of looking at the micro scale. His printed works and hand drawn maps that are on display in the Recalibration exhibition
invite us to tune in to details in the natural world and notice different perspectives and relationships.

Micrographia will be on temporary display in the Recalibration exhibition alongside Vergette’s work, by kind permission of the
Dean and Chapter, Exeter Cathedral.

Master printmaker Simon Marsh will demonstrate the heritage craft of letterpress printing.
Visitors will have a chance to look at natural objects under a microscope, engage in conversation with artist Marcus Vergette
and entomologist Rob Wolton about what we notice when we look in detail, and our relationship with insects as vital pollinators
in our food chain and as food sources themselves.

Micrographia specialist Dr Felicity Henderson, Senior Lecturer in Archives and Material Culture at the University of Exeter will
join a recorded discussion that will be available online after the event.

Produced by Honeyscribe
● Saturday 11 September: 11.00-17.00

Booking Details:
Pre-booking: Preferred
Exeter Box office or can drop in on day Go to: http://exeterboxoffice.com

Additional Information:
Max 30 people per tour/session. 45 minutes Contact for the day: David Adcock, Exeter Custom House 01392 271611 How
can people participate? Online & In Person

Book Tickets

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Free AdmissionFree

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.





  • Gift Shop


  • Facilities for Hearing Impaired Visitors - Subtitles on audio visual induction loop.
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Ramp/Level Access

Audio Commentary in Foreign Languages

  • French audio guide
  • German audio guide

COVID-19 Response

  • 2m distancing in place
  • Capacity limit - Limit of 15 people at any one time
  • Clear signage
  • COVID-19 measures in place
  • COVID-19 risk assessment completed
  • Face mask essential (not provided)
  • Hand sanitizer available to visitors & staff
  • One way system
  • Open now

Establishment Features

  • Audio Commentary in Foreign Languages - Audio visual presentation with sub titles in French and German

Event Facilities

  • Free Entry

Key Features

  • Approx length of visit - 00:30
  • In town/city centre
  • Indoor Attraction
  • Max group size - 45
  • Min group size - 5
  • No Smoking Attraction
  • Open by appointment outside normal opening times

Parking & Transport

  • Parking (charge) - Please park in Cathedral & Quay car park

Payment Methods

  • Accepts Exeter Pound
  • Blue Badge Guides admitted free
  • TIC Staff Admitted Free

Specialist Features

  • Marketed towards families
  • Marketed towards student/youth

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups

Venue Facilities

  • Groups Accepted - Essential to prebook.

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