19th April 2018

Derby Cathedral is saddened to hear of the passing of the Rt Revd Michael Perham, former Bishop of Gloucester and the last Provost and first Dean of Derby.

Bishop Michael served the Cathedral for almost six years - first as Provost, and then as Dean - and oversaw the fundraising efforts to acquire and finally open the Cathedral Centre opposite the Cathedral in 2004, which houses an award-winning Bookshop and Café alongside the Cathedral offices.

We are grateful for his ministry and his dedication; he will be in our prayers

A Spring Charity Concert

Saturday 27th May 2017, 7.30 pm

Featuring Derwent Brass, offering an evening of classical big band and film music.

Tickets are priced at £12 and are available online or by phone 01332 341516

Proceeds are in aid of Children First Derby & MacMillan Cancer Support.

19th February 2017

Cathedral and University partnership to explore the relationship between science and faith

A grant of £9,450 has been awarded by the Templeton Foundation to the University of Derby and Derby Cathedral for an exciting new project exploring the relationship between science and faith. The project, called ‘From Enlightenment to Entanglement’, draws upon the city’s long heritage of science and engineering, and aims to make connections among scientific enquiry, religious faith and working lives to explore the ‘entanglement’ of all three.

Many of the city’s great 18th century scientists and industrialists were members of church congregations, and their advancements are memorialised on the walls of the Cathedral. By exploring the relationship between their faith and the world they lived in, these pioneering Derbeians discovered hydrogen, calculated the weight of the world and built the world’s first factory. ‘From Enlightenment to Entanglement’ will provide a platform for today’s scientists and engineer to experiment and innovate while reflecting on the philosophy of their practice.

Full programme details will be announced in the spring. The project will include a series of public lectures on science and theology, hosted at the University and at Derby Cathedral, alongside smaller discussion groups, tours exploring the history of Enlightenment science in Derby, and ‘Science in the Cathedral’ sessions. Experiments during Sunday services have been promised!

If you’d like to receive up-to-date information on the project, email Dr Alex Rock ( who will add you to the project mailing list.

The Revd Canon Dr Elizabeth Thomson, Derby Cathedral’s Canon Missioner and Project Co-Director:

“This exciting programme draws on the wealth of Derby’s innovations in science and engineering. Derby Cathedral has contributed so much to this in the past, and we cannot wait to provide space for today’s innovators to explore the relationship between science and faith.”

Professor Hugh Rollinson, Professor of Earth Sciences at the University of Derby and Project Co-Director:

“The University of Derby consistently scores highly for its science provision, and we are keen to share this wealth of knowledge and experience with as many people as possible. This high-profile project will allow access to all interested to some of this country’s finest scientists, and through exploring their own relationship between their faith and their practice, we hope to inspire future generations of Derby innovation.”

UK Young Artists (UKYA) Festival Opening: Keto & Leah Sanderson

Thursday 3rd November, 9.00 pm (doors 8.45 pm)

Derby Cathedral hosts the opening performance of UKYA’s Derby residency. The hypnotic, lovelorn songwriting of Leah Sanderson offers a quintessentially English take on modern folk. This 40-minute performance in the Cathedral nave is free; tickets and more information are available from


7th October 2016

In My Mind’s Eye is Sarah Sharpe’s title for her exhibition throughout December and January in the Sir Richard Morris Lounge at Derby Cathedral Centre.

After training and practicing as a nurse and a counsellor Sarah changed direction in her late thirties to pursue a lifelong interest in art, winning awards in a number of significant exhibitions. ‘I work in mediums such as intaglio etching, lithography, stitch and paint, striving to make an aspect of the human condition more tangible through image and choice of medium. I am  presently working on a project where I am using the woods as my studio for one full day a week. This practice is highly influential as my senses become more attuned to nature, the seasons and my passion for symbolic images and the internal imaginative process’.

The exhibition will open on 1st December and continue until 31st January 2017, Monday to Saturday, 9am to 5pm, closed Sundays and Bank Holidays.


16th September 2016

Congratulations go to the staff of the Cathedral Bookshop on their winning the Independent Small Retail Store of the Year award at a gala event in mid-September sponsored by Christian Resources Together.  The award is much deserved recognition of all the energy and enterprise which the staff put into the bookshop.

The Revd Dr John Davies, Dean of Derby

2nd September 2016

The Music of the Landscape is Maggie Robinson’s title for her exhibition throughout November in the Sir Richard Morris Lounge at Derby Cathedral Centre. Brought up in the North Yorkshire Moors she trained as a teacher at London University. After leaving teaching she set up her own retail fashion business whilst pursuing her interest in art. She now lives in Sheffield and is an active member of Peak District Artisans. She says of her work,  

 ‘I try to create paintings that capture the sense of  place by looking for the rhythmic, melodious and harmonious qualities that abound in our beautiful English countryside. Using acrylics, charcoal, and collage, I concentrate particularly on my use of colour  to create a personal interpretation that reflects my love of landscape, rich in musical elements’.

The exhibition will open on Tuesday 1st November and continue until Wednesday 30th November, 9am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday, closed Sundays.

For more information please contact the Cathedral Office

23 August 2016

The Queen has approved the appointment of the Very Revd Dr John Davies as Dean of Wells. Confirmation of the appointment was announced by 10 Downing Street this morning. Dr Davies succeeds the Very Revd John Clarke, who retired at the end of 2015.

The Rt Revd Dr Alastair Redfern, Bishop of Derby, says: “John has done a superb job at Derby, establishing a strong team, masterminding significant investment in the building, including a wonderful redecoration, and making important connections across the city and county. He has established a lively Cathedral with firm foundations. We will miss him enormously – but fully support his acceptance of this new challenge. He goes with our love and prayers.”

Dr Davies says: ‘I will leave Derby Cathedral with real sadness. In six years we have achieved a lot together but the invitation to lead another Cathedral with its own challenges to face was one I could not refuse. I will preside and preach for the last time as Dean of Derby in Derby Cathedral on Tuesday 1st November, All Saints Day, in the evening.’

Dr Davies will be officially installed as Dean of Wells at a special service to be held on Sunday 20 November 2016 at Wells Cathedral.

The full text of the press release issued this morning jointly by the Dioceses of Bath & Wells and Derby is here

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