• COVID -19 Policy
  • FREE Online Learning Resources for RE
    We all know too well how difficult it is at the moment to help children with their learning, when you are having to teach in multiple ways across multiple platforms. The Open Centre have therefore done a bit of investigating and have found many useful online links to FREE religious education learning resources. Please see … read more »
  • A new year…
    Happy new year to everyone! We hope you are staying safe at this time. The Open Centre had plans to begin re-entering schools and finally getting to see those wonderful smiley faces of all the children we work with. Unfortunately that was not to be the case. However behind the scenes we are still working … read more »
  • Bookings Update – September 2020
    Despite the current situation, globally, the Open Centre is still receiving booking enquiries for visits and sessions. This is wonderful news as it shows Religious Education is still very much on the agenda for schools! We are however remaining cautious regarding bookings as we are in uncharted territory. The safety of our staff is paramount, … read more »
  • We are Open!
    As of Monday 7th September 2020, the Open Centre reopened its door for business after a long break due to the Coronavirus. Even though our offices are open, we are working at a limited capacity with all our staff now being part time. Manager Sam has returned from her maternity leave but will only be … read more »
  • Coronavirus Update 16th March 2020
    Please be reassured that the Open Centre is taking the current pandemic seriously. We are working closely with all of our venues and are aware of the extra cleaning measures they have introduced.   Visits to Places of Worship  The following venues have decided to close to all visits: Guru Arjan Dev Gurdwara – will review situation in April  Nottingham Liberal … read more »
  • Coronavirus Update 13th March
    The Open Centre is open for tours and workshops. Please be reassured that the Open Centre is taking the current pandemic seriously. We are working closely with all of our venues and are aware of the extra cleaning measures they have introduced. Guru Arjan Dev Gurdwara has taken the decision to close to all school … read more »
  • Closed for half term
    Please note that we will be closing at lunchtime on Friday 14th February for half term.  Staff will not be answering emails next week as we are all currently term time only workers. The office will reopen on Monday 24th February.  Thank you for your understanding.
  • March Bookings
    Please be aware that we now have limited slots for March.  We may be able to fit in stand alone visits to one venue but are unable to schedule any more faith trails.  We have availability during the summer term, but be aware that June is already looking very busy.
  • Pre-visits
    We are very happy for schools to come in advance of their visit to look at the venues and consider risk assessments.  Please be aware that that pre-visits need booking in advance as we are a small team and there may not be anyone available to take you around the venues. You will need to … read more »
  • Christmas Holidays
    Please be aware that the Open Centre will be closed during the school holiday period. We will close at 2:30pm on Thursday 19th December and reopen on Tuesday 7th January 2020.  We wish everyone a happy and restful holiday period!
  • Open Centre entry for HMD 2020 75 Flames selected for exhibition
    We are very pleased to announce that our entry for Holocaust Memorial Day 2020’s 75 Flames project has been selected for exhibition.  HMD received over 300 entries and ours is one of the 75 entries selected. The exhibition will feature 75 art works created by groups across the country to mark the 75th anniversary of … read more »
  • Accredited Jewish Presenter
    The Board of Deputies of British Jews has launched an innovative scheme of accreditation for Synagogue visit hosts.  Eve, our Deputy Manager, is amongst the first cohort of accredited presenters as are most of the hosts at Nottingham Liberal Synagogue.  This means that schools visiting NLS will be hosted by an accredited speaker and will … read more »
  • Open Centre News
    Welcome to the new term at the Open Centre! Sam, our manager is now on maternity leave and will return in September 2020.  She and her husband were blessed with a lovely baby boy over the summer so congratulations and good wishes to them.   This does mean that our team is now smaller and … read more »
  • Closed for the Summer
    Please note the Open Centre will be closed for the school holidays from 25th July to the 9th September. You can still email us on contact@derbyopencentre.org or leave us a message on our answer machine and we will get back to you as soon as possible upon our return. Have a lovely Summer!
  • The Open Centre is closed for the Easter Break
    Please note that the Open Centre will be closed during the Easter break –  from 12th April to 29th April. If you need to contact us during this time, please do so via our email – contact@derbyopencentre.org and when we return we shall respond accordingly.
  • ****************WE’RE HIRING!!!!!!***************
    We are seeking to appoint a Administrative Assistant to expand our ever growing team at the Open Centre. The role has been created to help support the management team with the day to day administration tasks required of the organisation.  Applications for the post will close on Monday 18th March 2019 at 12pm. Shortlisting will take place … read more »
  • Visit times for Places of Worship
    Please be aware that our places of worship do not host our visits every day. They are open to Open Centre visits: Hindu Temple – Mon, Thurs and Fri (We avoid Tues due to a regular function but can sometimes fit in a small group after 11:15am) Mosque – Mon -Thurs before lunchtime prayers. Closed … read more »
  • New Workshops
    At the Open Centre we are always looking for new and exciting sessions we can provide for schools and organisations – many of which schools could not facilitate themselves. Many of our workshops arise from schools asking us to create something bespoke for their children. We often find then that other schools are also interested … read more »
  • Busy, Busy, Busy!
    It has come to that time of year again, when the Open Centre starts to receive a flourish of bookings. As a result, dates for visits fill up quickly. If you are thinking of booking one of our faith trails, especially to the Hindu Temple, Sikh Gurdwara and Mosque please consider that the only days … read more »
  • Feedback from schools – Autumn term 2017
    FEEDBACK FROM SCHOOLS – SEPTEMBER 2017   “Fascinating to see a service in action.  Very knowledgeable guide.  Plenty of opportunity for children to ask questions.” (Hindu Temple) “Made Islam real.  Talked about life as a Muslim.  Made connections between religions.  Normalised and simplified the religion.  Dis-spelled media misconceptions which was great for the children to … read more »
  • Feedback from School Visits – June and July 2017
    “The assembly was very clear and gave positive messages out to the children.  There was plenty for the children to think about and the host had good control of the children throughout, using various techniques to keep them focused.  It was perfect as a start to our knowledge and understanding of the world week.” Karen … read more »
  • We’re Hiring!!!
    We are seeking to appoint a Deputy Manager to expand our ever growing team at the Open Centre. The role has been created as a result of a staffing restructure in order to increase the strategic leadership and management capabilities of the organisation. This is therefore an exciting time for us as we look towards the future … read more »
  • Issues with online booking forms
    We have recently had a number of reports saying that our online booking request forms have been completed but unfortunately we have not received them and as a result we have been unable to respond to requests. Our ICT support team are investigating this issue but until we have resolved the problem – please contact … read more »
  • Feedback from School Visits – May 2017
    Here is a look at our recent feedback from visitors in May. Mr Kernaghan – Calow Primary “Good practical sessions and helped the children to understand the pilgrimage of Hajj.”  (Hajj Workshop) Kelly Guy – Holmgate Primary “Lots of knowledge.  A wonderful experience to see the prayers.” (Hindu Temple) “Very engaging with the children and … read more »
  • Feedback from School Visits – April 2017
    Here is the feedback we have received from visitors for April 2017. As Easter was two weeks of April, it was a little quieter than March. Emily Doram – Brimington Junior School “Children were very engaged and their questions were well answered.”  (Hindu Temple) “The children loved trying different foods” (Food tasting workshop) Helen Harrison … read more »
  • Competition Time!!!
    ********COMPETITION TIME************ WIN A FREE  MOSQUE FAITH TRAIL AND MARRIAGE WORKSHOP WORTH OVER £165 FOR YOUR SCHOOL. We are offering one lucky school the chance to win a free Mosque Faith trail followed by a Marriage workshop. * For a group size up to 30 children. The Faith Trail and Workshop will be led by … read more »
  • Feedback from School Visits – March 2017
    March 2017 Feedback Here is a collection of feedback we have received for March 2017.  Another successful month!   Helen Newton – Shirebrook Academy “An extremely useful and enjoyable educational day.”   Natasha Rowe – Shirebrook Academy “Fantastic guide, really engaging” (Mosque) “Very informative and welcoming” (Mandir) “Great for students to try on clothes and … read more »
  • Feedback from School Visits – February 2017
    A selection of feedback we have received this month: David Blackwell – Springfield Primary “Content was extremely well matched to the ages and experiences of the children.  The two presenters were very knowledgeable and experienced in delivering to children and were able to communicate their messages effectively.”  (Assembly) Miss S Hayes – Ripley St John’s … read more »
  • Feedback from School Visits – January 2017
    Here are just a few comments from schools who visited in January: Helen Naylor – Brigg Infant School “We were made to feel very welcome in all places of worship.  Everything was explained clearly and simply to the children.  We appreciated being able to ask questions at any time.” Lucy Hadfield – Sharley Park Community … read more »
  • Holocaust Memorial Day 2017
    Don’t forget to check out https://holocaustmemorialdayderby.org/ to see how Derby is remembering Holocaust Memorial Day this year. #HMD2017. Week Commencing the 23rd January 2017
  • Competition Time – WIN A FREE FAITH TRAIL WORTH OVER £160 FOR YOUR SCHOOL!!!
    ********COMPETITION TIME************ WIN A FREE FAITH TRAIL WORTH OVER £160 FOR YOUR SCHOOL. To celebrate the upcoming new year, we are offering one lucky school the chance to win a free Faith trail to visit two places of worship (choice of Mosque, Hindu Temple, Sikh Gurdwara or the Baptist Church). * For a group size … read more »
  • School Visits – Week Commencing the 31st October 2016
    We hope you all had a lovely break for half term…? There was no time for staff to rest at the Open Centre this week, as we saw over 552 visitors. This is a HUGE increase on last year where, for the whole month of November we saw just over 700 visitors. We have a further … read more »
  • School Visits – Week Commencing the 3rd October 2016
    An extremely busy week for the first week in October with 365 visitors to the Open Centre from 13 different schools/groups. We also carried out 11 workshops and 1 assembly during the week. Here are just a couple of comments from our visitors last week; “Lots of info. Kids loved the costumes and henna – … read more »
  • School Visits – Week Commencing the 26th September 2016
    A record number of visitors to the Open Centre this month with 795 compared to the previous years of just 200. It is great to see so many schools engaging their children in learning about and from different cultures and religions. Here are just a few key words from our feedback sheets this week; “Excellent … read more »
  • School Visits – Week Commencing the 19th September 2016
    Another great week at the Open Centre with 428 visitors through our doors. The Mobile Exhibition was out for the second year in a row at Buxton Junior School as part of their Faith Week. Holy Trinity Primary School visited us on Monday to visit the Hindu Temple, Mosque and Gurdwara along with taking part … read more »
  • School Visits – Week Commencing the 12th September 2016
    A fantastic start to the new school year with over 100 visitors to the Open Centre this week (that is half of the total number of visitors for the whole of September in previous years)!!! We are expecting 800 visitors this September – four times more than previously. Here are just a few comments from … read more »
  • WINNER ANNOUNCED!!!! COMPETITION TIME – WIN A FREE SILVER PACKAGE OF OUR MOBILE EXHIBITION WORTH £225!!!
    ********COMPETITION TIME************ WIN A FREE SILVER PACKAGE OF OUR MOBILE EXHBITION WORTH £225 FOR YOUR SCHOOL. To celebrate the new school year, we are offering one lucky school the chance to win a free Silver Package of our Mobile Exhibition*. Perfect for work on ‘Values’ and promoting ‘British Values’ from OFSTED. Also an excellent accompaniment … read more »
  • FREE event this Saturday (10th) at The Open Centre
    FREE Event this Saturday!!! 10am till 1pm. Free food, tea and coffee. If you are interested in attending a FREE event this Saturday to learn about a variety of different cultures right on your door step – why not visit the Open Centre at 10am where you will be taken on a tour of the … read more »
  • Community Event – 1st September 2016
    Thank you to everyone who came to our community event last week. It was a great success and was a wonderful opportunity for the different faiths in Derby to get to know one another better. #communitycohesion. We also had a quiz, which proved to be great fun!  
  • Staff Training on Workshops – July 2016
    Excellent staff training event yesterday at the Open Centre. Staff explored how they could further improve the workshops we provide to schools. Some excellent ideas have been noted and we look forward to implementing them in September and beyond!
  • RE Newtork Co-ordinators come to visit
    Last week, Derby City and Derbyshire, RE Co-ordinators came to visit the Open Centre to not only have a good look at our Mobile Exhibition packages but also to take part in a faith trail themselves. Below are a few pictures and comments from their visit; “A great morning, with great opportunities for CPD and … read more »
  • Schools and Visits – Week Commencing 13th June 2016
    Cultural Awareness at its best this week, with another very busy week at the Open Centre. On Monday, St George’s Catholic Primary School prepared for their week long range of activities focusing on Sikhism. Dronfield Junior School visited the Hindu Temple with 89 children, where they also learned about Asian culture. Dronfield Junior School – … read more »
  • Schools and Visits – Week Commencing 6th June 2016
    A fantastic start to the second half of the Summer term with over 618 visitors to the Open Centre, along with 21 workshops, 2 assemblies and the new mobile exhibition package was out too. On Monday All Saints’ C of E School, in Matlock brought over 270 pupils to all the local places of worship. … read more »
  • Feedback from our recent visits – April and May 2016
    Here are some of our most recent feedback comments from the schools that visited us in April and May 2016; St Mary’s C of E First School  – Uttoxeter – 12/4/16 “The children were amazed by everything they saw! Everything was really well thought out and explained.” St Augustine’s First School – Ashbourne – 18/4/16 … read more »
  • Thank You!!!
    The Open Centre would like to say a BIG thank you to Gersh Subhra, author of Billu Leaves India, who has kindly donated 500 books for us to hand out to schools. This will be part of the resources section for schools who purchase the Gold package of our Mobile Exhibition, which will be launched in June. If you … read more »
  • Schools and Visits – Week Commencing 25th April 2016
    A brilliant month for the Open Centre with a 20% increase in visitors compared to this time last year (and we were only open for two weeks due to the Easter break)! On Monday William Allit returned for their final visits this week of going to the Hindu Temple and the Sikh Gurdwara along with … read more »
  • Schools and Visits – Week Commencing 18th April 2016
    Another very busy week here, with something different going on everyday at the Open Centre. The week began again with William Allit visiting the Hindu Temple, Sikh Gurdwara and taking part in a Marriage workshop over three separate days this week. We will see them for their final visits next week. Chasetown Community School also visited … read more »
  • Schools and Visits – Week Commencing 11th April 2016
    WOW!!!! What a great but busy start to the Summer Term!!! The week began with William Allit Secondary School bringing the first of six groups of Year 7 students to visit the Hindu Temple, Sikh Gurdwara and to take part in a Marriage workshop. We look forward to seeing them again in the coming weeks. Dallimore … read more »
  • Schools and Visits – Week Commencing 14th March 2016
    A record number of 21 workshops took place this week through the Open Centre!!! The week began with Hallam Fields Junior School  having the Mobile Exhibition out in their school to learn all about different faiths. On Monday, Students at Orminston Ilkeston Enterprise Academy took part in Jewish Marriage and Asian Cookery workshops throughout the … read more »
  • Schools and Visits – Week Commencing 7th March 2016
    Only 11 days into March and the Open Centre has already welcomed over 580 visitors as part of their Faith Trails and have led 11 workshops, in and out of schools. The week began with Walton on Trent Primary School bringing 34 children to see the Mosque and Sikh Gurdwara. Both Mobile Exhibitions were out in … read more »
  • Schools and Visits – Week Commencing 29th February 2016
    Another very busy week with many schools returning this week for their second visit of the term. On Monday, Derby University brought their trainee secondary teachers to visit local places of worship and also took part in a faith workshop in the afternoon. University of Derby – Mike Jackson – Lecturer Commented “Students found it very … read more »
  • Schools and Visits – Week Commencing 22nd February 2016
    Wow!!!! What a very busy week starting back after half term. The Open Centre has welcomed 562 children from schools all across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. The week began with Lady Manners School bringing two groups of children on Monday and Wednesday to see the Hindu Temple, Mosque and Sikh Gurdwara. They will be back next week … read more »
  • Schools and Visits – Week Commencing 8th February 2016
    Another busy week at the Open Centre as we wind down ready for half term. The week started off with Yoxall St Peter’s Primary School who brought their year 3 children to visit the Mosque and Hindu Temple. Yoxall St Peter’s Primary – Victoria Williams – Teacher Commented “Very friendly staff, encouraged children to be … read more »
  • Schools and Visits – Week Commencing 1st February 2016
    A lovely start to February, this week with the Open Centre working with seven different schools, from across Derbyshire and Staffordshire. The week began with Hady Primary School hiring our Mobile Exhibition as part of their faith week. Meanwhile back at the Open Centre, Riverview Primary School from Burton, came for their first out of … read more »
  • Schools and Visits – Week Commencing 25th January 2016
    Well we have had a fantastic start to 2016 with nearly 700 visitors using our faith trails alone and February looks to be even busier! This week we started off with the Mobile Exhibition being displayed in Duffield Meadows Primary School and the second Exhibition being displayed at Crich Junior School for their final week. We also started … read more »
  • Schools and Visits – Week Commencing 18th January 2016
    A very busy week at the Open Centre with almost 300 visitors this week!!! Highfields Secondary School visited over three days with nearly 200 students in year 7, learning about Sikhism and Islam. Sophie Collis – Teacher Commented “Excellent, informative talks pitched at the correct level. The students get a real sense of both religions … read more »
  • Staff Training Event on Faith Trails – January 2016
    As with everything, there is always room for improvement. At the Open Centre, we pride ourselves on providing a quality and differentiated service for all visitors. As a result we closely monitor our staff and provide opportunities for further training to ensure we are only ever providing the best service inline with the agreed syllabuses. … read more »
  • Schools and Visits – Week Commencing 11th January 2016
    A Happy New Year to everyone!!! The Open Centre has started off 2016 with an extremely busy period, with an estimated 800 visitors set to visit during January compared to the previous years average of 400. It is great everyone is wanting to experience and promote cultural diversity. The first visit of the new year started … read more »
  • Competition Time – Win a Free Workshop
    To celebrate the New Year, we are offering one lucky school the chance to win a free workshop, for up to 30 children, subject to availability of dates. All you need to do is like the status on our Facebook page or retweet us on Twitter @DerbyOpenCentre. Last Month’s Winner, Tamara Dale from Ridgeway Primary School … read more »
  • Competition Winner – December 2016 – Buy One Get One Half Price Workshop
    Well done to Tamara Dale from Ridgeway Primary School- Derby. Who has won our competition for Buy One Get One Half Price Workshop. (Competition Link) Keep a look out for similar competitions coming soon.    
  • What’s inside the Open Centre?
    Here is a sneak peak at what the Open Centre looks like inside, now we have added some of the finishing touches to our new premises. The Main Room consists of a Comfy Seating Area, where visitors can explore various religious artefacts and read information about the Open Centre. A Music Area – for visitors … read more »
  • Schools and Visits – Week Commencing 14th December 2015
    A quieter week this week as everyone is getting ready for the holidays but despite this we have still had over 300 visitors using our ‘Faith Trails’ to the Open Centre in December; also including seven different workshops and four assemblies. Derby College students have been working with us as part of their ‘Faith Week’ and over 50 students … read more »
  • Schools and Visits – Week Commencing 7th December 2015
    We have had a great week again at the Open Centre even though everyone is now preparing for the holidays. Monday morning we met the reception children of Fairmeadows School from Swadlincote, who came for a Hindu experience. The children visited the Hindu Temple and took part in a Hindu Marriage Workshop afterwards. All the … read more »
  • Our New Sign!!!
    The Open Centre is proud to present our brand new for our offices. We would like to thank Pak Foods, Normanton Road Derby who have kindly paid for our sign to be made. Why not come and visit us and have a look for yourself?
  • Schools and Visits – Week Commencing 30th November 2015
    Is everyone getting ready for the holidays? This week; Redhill Primary School visited the Orthodox Synogogue in Nottingham with 32 of their year 6 children. Derby Grammar School visited the Hindu Temple, whilst we had our last visit from Bladon House School, who visited all four places of worship. Meanwhile Ripley Infant School took part … read more »
  • Schools and Visits – Week Commencing 23rd November 2015
    November has seen a very busy month for the Open Centre with over 20 schools using our services. We have welcomed 737 visitors as part of our Faith Trails (87 more than last year), hosted 22 Workshops and hired out the Mobile Exhibition to 4 different places. On Monday – Great Wyrley High School hired … read more »
  • Schools and Visits – Week Commencing 16th November 2015
    Before thinking about our visit this week, all the staff at The Open Centre would like to express our condolences to all the families, in all the countries around the world that have been affected by the recent terrorist attacks.Now more than ever it is important that people come together from all communities where we … read more »
  • Schools and Visits – Week Commencing 9th November 2015
    Such positive feedback last week and this week we have continued to provide even more quality services through our visits. Loscoe Primary School took part in 10 workshops throughout the day as part of a cultural awareness session including Marriage Workshops and Hindu Clay Diva Workshops linking to Diwali. Friarswood Primary School visited the different … read more »
  • December Competition – Buy One Workshop, Get One Half Price!!!
    ********COMPETITION TIME************ BUY ONE GET ONE HALF PRICE To celebrate Diwali, we are offering one lucky school the chance to buy one workshop and win another one half price, for up to 30 children,  subject to availability of dates. All you need to do is to like this page, comment on what workshop you would … read more »
  • Holocaust Memorial Day 2016 – Poster Competition
    Please use this link to take a look at the latest poster competition for HMD. This years theme is “Don’t Stand By”. Link to Poster Competition    
  • Schools and Visits – Week Commencing 2nd November 2015
    Even though last week was half term for many schools, the Open Centre still opened its doors to the University of Derby and their Education Students who participated in a faith trail. Jennifer Marshall – Senior Lecturer commented “The students really enjoyed it and the staff were superb! A really good experience so thanks so … read more »
  • Competition Winner – October 2015 – Free Faith Trail or Workshop
    Well done to Jenny Stone from Wren Park School – Derby. Who has won our competition for 30 children to receive a free faith trail or workshop of their choosing. (Competition Link) Keep a look out for similar competitions coming soon. Video of draw. October 2015 – Free faith Trail or Workshop – Jenny Stone
  • Local Faith Events – Multi Faith Centre
    Please use this link to read more about the multi-faith events coming up in Derby. Multi-Faith Events
  • Schools and Visits – Week Commencing the 19th October 2015
    Another busy week here at the Open Centre with six schools experiencing the wonders of different cultures in Derby City. The week began with both mobile exhibitions being out in schools. One at Bramley Vale Primary School and the other at Fairfield Junior School in Buxton. Both made them an extra addition to their parents … read more »
  • Schools and Visits – Week Commencing 12th October 2015
    Culturally aware… the schools are this week, as we have had over 300 pupils visiting the places of worship in Normanton. Here are what some of the schools commented on regarding their visits… “Lots of interesting information and the children were fascinated by the whole experience.” -Portway Infant School “Children enjoyed all three buildings, particularly … read more »
  • Schools and Visits – Week Commencing 5th October 2015
    Seven Schools this week, which has been our busiest week so far! Monday we had both mobile exhibitions out in schools near Chesterfield (Abercrombie Primary School and Shirland Primary School) as part of their exciting faith weeks. At the Open Centre we had visits from over 200 pupils at King Edward VII Science and Sports … read more »
  • Schools and Visits – Week Commencing 28th September 2015
    Another busy week at the Open Centre! Renishaw Primary have held a faith week using our mobile exhibition and through various cookery and marriage workshops. Newhall Community Junior School got a taste of some fantastic asian cusine in their cookery workshops. Great Hucklow used our faith trails to explore different places of worship and said … read more »
  • Schools and Visits – Week Commencing 21st September 2015
    A fantastic week here, this week – Horsley C of E Primary School have been working with the Open Centre to host a faith week including; the whole school visiting on Monday for Faith Trails, hiring the mobile exhibition and all children taking part in different faith workshops all week such as cooking and marriage. … read more »
  • Schools and Visits – Week Commencing – 14th September 2015
    This week we have been rather busy, as we had our first school visit our new premises. Castle Church Primary who came all the way from Stafford to see us on Tuesday. Some of their comments were “I’ve been teaching 20 years and its the best RE trip I’ve ever been on. Visited other temples … read more »
  • A New Start…
    As September has started, we have begun a new start in a number of different ways. We have moved from our old premises on Charnwood Street to our new one at 152 Pear Tree Road (next to Pear Tree Baptist Church). We are hoping that this will be a more suitable location as it is … read more »
  • ‘Our Heritage’ – Signing off
    ‘Our Heritage’ Project The Open Centre and Heritage Lottery came together for a brand new exhibition and learning resource entitled ‘Our Heritage’.  The exhibition explored issues of faith, culture and the legacy of multicultural Britain. It was housed in the upstairs gallery of Derby Market Hall, the project is working with schools, community groups and … read more »
  • We’re hiring!
    Would you like to be a part of The Open Centre’s team?   Closing Date: 25th May, 2015 Established in 1981, The Open Centre exists to increase understanding of cultural diversity through personal experience and, in order to facilitate rising demand for our experiences, we seek to appoint a Faith Trail Leader and Workshop Facilitator to provide visits to … read more »
  • FORMAT comes to the Open Centre’s Gallery 5
    We’re very excited about our upcoming collaboration with the UK’s biggest photography festival, FORMAT. From March 12th, our Gallery 5 space in Derby’s historic Market Hall will house works by Jana Romanova and Farhad Berahman. Scroll down to view a preview of their work and learn a bit more about the artists! The Open Centre’s … read more »
  • News Letter February 2013
    Welcome to our new Website The Open Centre has had a fantastically good year during 2012 and record numbers of pupils (and adults) have benefited from the services we offer. But we are not resting on our laurels! We have a fantastic new website for you that showcases all our new services and information about … read more »
  • Out with the old and in with the new!!
    A new website, HURRAY! We love it and we hope you do as well. You can even follow us on Facebook so please make sure you do. We promise to keep you updated with all our activities. December 2012
  • Shop on-line
    It says in the news that shopping online is on the up. More and more and more of us are realising that it is so much easier than going to the shops. So we are getting up with the times and we have created an online shop. There are just a few items now and … read more »
  • Volunteers needed
    The process of recruiting volunteers to the `Our Heritage` project is underway. Response so far has been great. We are looking for volunteers that have an interest in media, History, Photography, IT, and Graphics. Or people that have a flair for organising and paperwork. There are loads more areas of help- too many to list. … read more »
  • Celebration Lunch event – 22 November 2012
    Key Stakeholders where invited to a very special celebration lunch following the wonderful news that we have  been successful in securing funding for the `Our Heritage` project from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Partners from Derby City Council, Staffordshire Council, Probation Service and key members from Derby’s faith establishments came together for an informal lunch and … read more »
  • November 2012
    Following securing the funding for the `Our Heritage` project a steering committee has been formed. Their job is to ensure we are going to deliver what we have promised. It is going to be a rewarding challenge for all involved. If anyone is interested in joining the group please get in touch.
  • Heritage Lottery success
    We have just found out we have been successful in securing funding for the `Our Heritage` Project form the HLF. This is fantastic news and we are very excited.  We plan to build 2 mobile and 1 static interactive exhibitions which will a natural progression of the work we do now. We will keep you … read more »
  • Chesterfield Schools celebrate Cultural Diversity
    We were so pleased to help the Chesterfield schools with their month of celebrations themed on Cultural Diversity. We hosted 3 Faith Trails where representatives from all the schools attended, followed by a range of cultural workshops back at school. Feedback from all that participated was great and it was a brilliant month for us … read more »
  • ESREC secure funding for another year
    We are pleased to hear that East Staffs Rights and Equality Council have received funding for a further year to continue running the programme supporting East Staffordshire Schools to visit the Open Centre. This programme has been running for over 5 years now and has increased in popularity year on year.  Last year over 40 … read more »
  • September 2012 – New Workshops
    The new staff are settling and have been busy creating new and exciting workshops. Qudsiya has come up with a fantastic Asian craft workshop and David has developed an Asian and African comic strip storytelling one. Check out our booking page for more details or give us a call.
  • August 2012 – New Staff: How fantastic
    We would like to welcome Qudsiya Talib, David Gibb and Tomar Beh to our team. All are extremely talented and we are confident they will be an asset to our already experienced team. We can`t wait for you to meet them.