- The Cathedral is open for visits from 9.30 am until 12.30 pm and from 1.30 pm until 4.30 pm.
- Most schools come for half a day, usually in the morning.
- The Cathedral has excellent wheelchair access.
- Visits consist of a number of workshops and other sessions (for instance, looking at vestments or climbing the Tower).
- These can be combined to suit the time available for your visit and the needs and interests of the children - every visit is different.
- A member of the Education team can come and visit your class to prepare for or to follow up a visit. You can find out in advance what to look for, or you can quiz one of the clergy afterwards.
The Cathedral promotes understanding among faiths and has good relations with interfaith partners.
We are very happy to work with the Open Centre and with other places of worship in the city.
A Christian/Muslim trail round the Cathedral is available, looking at similarities and differences between religious practices and beliefs.
"The visit was a marvellous hook for our sixty Y1 children's follow up learning"
Details on our range of programmes can be found below, if you would like to discuss arranging something more tailored to your needs please contact the Education Officer here
Signs and Symbols - Faith through the Arts
• look at symbols and meaning in art and architecture
• find out how music, light, art and design can express religious faith
Discover the Cathedral’s stained glass, statues, embroidery and vestments, icons and paintings, and all the visual and musical wealth of the Cathedral – from 20th century stained glass to medieval carving.
- design your own stained glass window
- create living statues
- listen to different sounds and hear how the organ music can create atmosphere
- try on the vestments of a bishop or a priest
- lie on the floor and look up…
Experience Christmas - Experience Easter
• Christmas and Easter in a multi-sensory experience
• the meaning behind the stories
Travel in time to the events of the original Christmas and Easter. Take part in hands-on workshops based at a series of scenes which tell the story. Grow in understanding of how the people in the story felt and thought and what the story means for people today. Encounter Mary’s kitchen table, the shepherds’ campfire on the hillside, the stable – imagine entering Jerusalem in triumph, the upper room ready for supper, the foot of the cross.
- design a Christmas message
- make a gift for the newborn child
- enact the journey of the wise men
- explore meaning through actions and experiences: being alone, sharing bread, following a path, helping each other.
“The children were enthralled with Viv’s sensory use of artefacts to learn about Christianity”
Festivals and Faith - Christianity in Colour
• Advent to Pentecost in artefact and action
• the colour and experience of the Christian year
There’s more to the Christian story than just Christmas. Discover the before and after. Make a journey through the seasons and find how faith is expressed in colour and action. Forgiveness, remembering, looking forward, being aware of others’ needs and hopes, making difficult choices – all these find expression in action throughout the Christian year.
- touch the ash of Ash Wednesday
- smell real frankincense and myrrh
- make a new year’s resolution (any time of year!)
- journey from darkness to light
- grow in understanding of loss and new life
Pilgrimage - Sacred Space
- develop a sense of wonder in the discovery of a place of holiness
- make a journey together
Making a journey together is a way to help a group or class to bond in a common purpose – a great way to end a year or begin it. Pilgrimage is a practice shared by several world religions. Your journey can set out from the ancient monastic site of Darley Abbey and walk by the riverside all the way to the Cathedral (about ninety minutes away). Or for a shorter journey, start at the Bridge Chapel (only ten minutes!) or make your journey around the Cathedral itself. When you arrive, discover the altar and the font and how these represent refreshment and a new start on the Christian journey.
- carry a symbol of pilgrimage
- games for the journey and mementoes of the way
- words for the journey – poems and stories – and silence to meditate
- refreshment at the ancient well of St Alkmund, Derby’s patron saint
- make a pilgrim badge
The Education team, offers INSET for education professionals on topics such as
- understanding the Christian faith
- planning effective visits for different year groups from the same school
- promoting inter-faith discussion and understanding
- using resources to enhance learning (resources can be borrowed)
Are you looking for a venue for staff training? The Cathedral Centre has several excellent meeting rooms, full IT resources, a cafe, and bookshop. Add a Cathedral tour or even climb the Tower! For more information on room hire or tours please contact the Cathedral office on 01332 341201 or click here to get in touch
‘Godsend’ is Jennny Mather’s title for her exhibition throughout July in the Sir Richard Morris Lounge at Derby Cathedral Centre. Jenny trained at the Slade School of Fine Art and then taught in Nigeria for ten years. Returning to Britain she obtained an MA in Art and Psychotherapy at Sheffield University and lives in Bamford, working as an art therapist as well as producing paintings of her own, often based on landscapes, either locally in the Peak District or in response to experiences gained on visits abroad.
A group representing the Cathedral, the churches of Normanton, and the Muslim community of the Jamia Mosque meets regularly for discussion and to deepen friendship. Is this ‘the new ecumenism’?
Cathedrals are called to be thoughtful and reflective places. And Cathedral Seminars, arranged regularly, and with invitations going out very widely, are designed to be safe spaces to look at key topics. Recently seminars have been held on same-sex marriage, the Church of North India, Credit Unions, the Ethics of War, and the church in Jerusalem. Details of future seminars will be posted on the website, with an invitation to all.
From 8th April until the end of August Derby Cathedral will be closed from Monday to Friday to undertake a major refurbishment. The Cathedral will be re-lit and re-wired and the heating system will be overhauled. The Cathedral will then be completely redecorated.
Derby Cathedral will be open on Saturdays and Sundays for visits and worship as normal.
Services will continue as normal on Monday to Friday but will take place in either the Bridge Chapel on Sowter Road or St Mary’s Church on Bridge Gate.
Daily services are listed on the SERVICES page of the website.
Please do call the Cathedral Office if you wish to find out more about the refurbishment.
The interior of the Cathedral is now nearly completed scaffolded, trenches are being dug for the new heating system, and the first steps in the redecoration project have been taken.
The Cathedral’s centre section is used for worship on Sundays, and the Cathedral is open for viewing on Saturdays (after cleaning at 9.30 am).
The Cathedral is closed Monday – Friday until the end of August – but mid week services are being said at the Bridge Chapel, or if the choir are singing, services are at St Mary’s RC Church, Bridge Gate, Derby.
Please see the music scheme on the website for details.
Dr John Davies, Dean of Derby, said today: “These are really exciting days for Derby Cathedral. And it is oddly uplifting to see the whole nave packed with people on a Sunday surrounded by scaffolding at every turn. People are being brilliant, waiting for the end of August and a new chapter in Cathedral life and ministry”.
On the 27th of March the new Nature Gallery at Derby Museum was opened. There transparent display cases in the centre of the room allow the visitor a very close up encounter with nature in all its variety, As part of the celebration Derby Cathedral Centre is hosting a joint exhibition, entitled ‘Nature’s World’ in the Sir Richard Morris Lounge throughout May and June. On one wall a pair of perspex cabinets display some exquisite floral paintings on porcelain by Derby’s nineteenth century china artists. These items from the Museum collection are rarely seen so take advantage of the opportunity. The other wall allows us to see some superb watercolours of flowers by botanical artist, Cheryl Wilbraham. Cheryl is a member of the Society of Botanical Artists and a Royal Horticultural Society Silver Medal winner. Her work, however, goes well beyond the formal requirements of accurate depiction. Instead she tries to capture the beauty and delicacy of each flower giving it a living character through her sensitive use of her medium.
Our bells are rung regularly for Cathedral services and secular events of local and national significance. They are the loudest of the servants that proclaim the presence and vitality of this marvellous building, and they are the oldest ring of ten bells in the world. They were augmented from six bells to ten bells in 1678. The largest weighs 19 cwt (965 kg) and is nearly 500 years old.
The bells are rung by a committed band of volunteers on Tuesday evenings and Sundays. One member of the Cathedral band has been ringing here for 60 years, whilst several others have a service record that spans two or three decades. Our aim is to be amongst the best Sunday Service bands in the country, fulfilling the needs of the Cathedral by ringing for appropriate occasions. Experienced ringers are always very welcome to join us and for those who have never witnessed bell ringing first hand we organise Tower Open Days and visits to the Ringing Room by arrangement. We are particularly keen to welcome those who may have an interest in learning how to ring and thereby help to maintain one of the great English traditions.
Visiting bands of bell ringers from the Diocese and further afield are invited to ring on our bells, particularly on a Sunday before Choral Evensong. Please contact the RingingMaster@derbycathedralbells.org.uk
Practice night is Tuesday at 7.30-9pm.
If you arrive late please phone the number posted on the tower door to gain access.
Sunday ringing is 10-10.45am and for Evensong at 6pm.
Please see our website derbycathedralbells.org.uk for more details.