What is the Knife Angel?

The Knife Angel is the National Monument Against Violence and Aggression. 

It is a sculpture that is dedicated to the victims of knife crime and is intended to raise awareness of the growing problem of knife crime and promote conversation and understanding about the need for knife crime to stop.

A number of the blades carry the names of knife crime victimes, inscribed by their loved ones.

The Angel was created by the British Ironwork Centre with sculptor Alfie Bradley. 


Where and when will the Knife Angel be in Derby

The Knife Angel will be stationed outside Derby Cathedral, on Iron Gate, and be available for viewing from Thursday 3rd October until Tuesday 29th October.

There will be no charge to see the Knife Angel and volunteer marshals will be on hand to direct visitors and provide information.


How tall is the Knife Angel?

The sculpture is 27 feet tall (approx. 8.23 metres)


How many blades have been used to Make the Knife Angel?

Nobody knows the exact figure, but it contains around 100,000 blades.

A number of blades have been inscribed with the names of victims of knife crime.


What should I do if I am concerned about knife crime or if I know someone who is carrying a knife?

Contact Derbyshire Police using the following contact methods:

  • Facebook – send a private message to /DerbyshireConstabulary
  • Twitter – direct message the contact centre on @DerPolContact
  • Website – complete the online contact form
  • Phone – call 101.
  • You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111

In an emergency you should always call 999.


Where can I find out more information?

Here are some useful websites:

Derbyshire Police

Project Zao

The National Monument Against Violence and Aggression

Outside Derby Cathedral - until Tuesday 29 October 2019

It's a sad fact that knife crime is rising across the country.  

The Knife Angel’s presence in Derby is very much a symbol of the hard work of partners and communities across Derbyshire to halt this rise.

You can show your support and join us in standing up to knife crime. If you have any information, report it to police on 101 or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

If you are a young person you can find out more about knife crime by visiting:  

>> See pictures from the Knife Angel civic launch on Flickr


The spectacular, 27 feet high sculpture is made from around 100,000 bladed weapons collected in knife amnesties during police surrenders across the country.

The Angel was created by the British Ironwork Centre with sculptor Alfie Bradley. 

Relatives of those killed by knife crime were invited to engrave the blades with names and messages for their loved ones as part of the sculpture.

The Knife Angel has visited many cities in the UK and is in Derby throughout most of October.

Rachel Webb, whose 22-year-old son, Tom, was killled in St Peter’s Street, Derby, after being stabbed by a 16-year-old in 2016, has been instrumental in bringing the Angel to Derby.

In the year that Tom was killed, Rachel supported a knife surrender held across Derbyshire and knives from this were donated towards the creation of this sculpture.

Derby Cathedral is pleased to be hosting the sculpture for the duration of its stay in the city, but many organisations have worked together to make the visit to Derby possible.

More on the Knife Angel

>> Rachel's Story

>> FAQs

>> See pictures from the Knife Angel civic launch on Flickr

>> Thank Yous

Bishop Libby is pleased to announce that the Revd Canon Dr Elizabeth Thomson will be Acting Dean of Derby from 1 October 2019.

Canon Elizabeth has been at Derby Cathedral since 2014 as Canon Missioner, and was appointed sub-dean by the outgoing dean, the Very Revd Dr Stephen Hance.

On making the announcement, Bishop Libby said: "We are very thankful that Elizabeth is willing to take on this crucial role during the vacancy. Elizabeth has a proven track record of leadership and creative ministry in the cathedral. I am confident she will not only love and support the cathedral through this time of transition, but bring her gifts and experience to enabling the cathedral to flourish and grow during this time."

>> Dean Stephen Hance bids farewell to Derby Cathedral

The task of selecting a new dean is already underway. The Archbishop of Canterbury will appoint someone who knows Derby and Derbyshire well to chair the panel that will oversee the process.

The panel for the interviews represents the diversity of the diocese, the cathedral and the wider community, reflecting the wide-ranging nature of the role of a dean. The panel works with the Bishop to make this appointment.

Consultations will be in mid-September. Individuals and groups have been contacted who can give the panel a really broad and deep sample of views about what the diocese, the city of Derby and the county needs in its dean, and there will be an open meeting for the congregation on Tuesday, 17 September.

All these conversations and other contributions will be drawn together to create a profile of the role, the cathedral and the kind of person who might be called to become Dean of Derby.

Both Derby Cathedral Chapter and Bishop Libby will submit their requirements and vision for the new dean, to complement a statement of needs and role specification.

It is intended to interview before Christmas, in the hope that an appointment can be made, and the new dean installed in 2020.

Would you like to be part of the Knife Angel event?

Volunteers are being sought who would like to like to marshal and inform visitors, and hand out leaflets.

The times that need to be covered are 10am to 8pm between Wednesday 2 October to Tuesday, 29 October with the team asking for a minimum of 2 hours and a maximum of 4 hours at a time.

Plans for the visit of the iconic statue are now reaching an advanced stage as the team continues with preparations.

Click here for the competition application form

Derby Cathedral and the Friends of Cathedral Music are inviting composers to submit a new setting of the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis The Derby Service to celebrate the FCM National Gathering at Derby in June 2020. The winning work will be premiered at Evensong on Sunday 14th  June 2020 by Derby Cathedral Choir as part of the Gathering. 

An award of £1000 and the possibility of the work being published by Encore Publications will be given to the composer of the winning entry!

For details of how to submit your entry, please see the attached flier. 

The Dean of Derby, The Very Revd Dr Stephen Hance, has been appointed National Lead for Evangelism and Witness for the Church of England.

This announcement was made to the congregation at the 10.45am Eucharist service on 7th July 2019 and the Church of England made the announcement the following day.

The Dean said “I am a missioner at heart, passionate about growing the Church and helping people come to faith in Christ. My new role is all about enabling the Church of England to focus on these priorities and as such, it is one I had to say yes to. I will be sorry to leave Derby but grateful for all we have accomplished here together. The Cathedral and Diocese will remain in my heart and my prayers.

Stephen’s last service will the 10.45am Eucharist on Sunday 1 st September 2019 and will take up his new role at the end of September.

Please note the Cathedral will be closed to the public on the following dates and times:

Thursday 21st May 2019 

9:00 am - 3:00 pm 

1:05 pm Holy Communion will take place at Bridge Chapel

Wednesday 29th May 2019

2:00 pm - 5:30 pm

5:15 pm Evening Prayer will take place at Bridge Chapel

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

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