- 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
Jenny Aitken graduated in Fine Art from Aberystwyth in 1998 and worked for a time in graphic design. Her first solo exhibition was in London but then she moved to Belper where she still lives. This is the third exhibition of Jenny’s work that we have hosted at Derby Cathedral Centre. In both 2007 and 2012 Jenny exhibited her distinctive interpretations of the landscape of her adopted county, Derbyshire, but this year we will be able to enjoy sparkling evocations of her birthplace in Alderney and her regular visits to Cornwall. Jenny is constantly improving her style and has an amazing ability to depict the movement of the sea and its capacity to reflect the light of the sky.
Freewheeling is Janet Mayled’s title for her exhibition throughout September in the Sir Richard Morris Lounge at Derby Cathedral Centre. Janet lives in Buxton and trained as a textile designer. ‘Bicycles are inspiring’, she says, ‘for the captivating compositions they can present, drawing your eye through the painting, breaking down elements into patterns’.
During August the Community of the Holy Name in Oakwood celebrates the 150th Anniversary of its foundation. As part of the celebration the Sir Richard Morris Lounge in Derby Cathedral Centre is hosting a display of icons by one of the Community’s long serving members, Sister Theresa Margaret. Under the title ‘Aids to Devotion’ a selection of her work will illustrate the way in which she has used her training as an artist in the service of God.
Sinfonia Viva’s concert at Derby Cathedral earlier this year will be broadcast on Classic FM on Monday July 27 at 8pm.
Soloist Samuel Jacobs joined Sinfonia Viva and their newly-appointed Principal Conductor Duncan Ward on March 18 for an exciting evening of classics.
Special services are a key part of the Cathedral's ministry. In 2014 there were nearly 40 special services here including the Derby 175 Railway Service (see above picture), the Bishop's Badge Service and the High Sheriff's Legal Service. If you would like to suggest a special service, please be in contact with the Dean.
Celebrating Magna Carta with Trouvére – Medieval Minstrels and Derby Cathedral Voluntary Choir takes place on Saturday 13th June 2015 at 7.30pm at St John’s Church, in Derby. Hugh Morris will accompany on the organ and members of the Derby Shakespeare Theatre Company will also take part. Admission is £10 and tickets are available from the Derby Cathedral Bookshop and Foulds.
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’?
The Cathedral is a great centre of music making for the City of Derby and the County of Derbyshire. Sinfonia Viva has the Cathedral as its venue of choice in the city.
Those interested in organising a concert here are asked to be in touch with Laura in the Cathedral Office on 01332 341201 or by email email@example.com
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”.