March 2019

Dignitaries cut ribbon on Saltergate’s new social space

A £35,000 refurbishment and repurposing of local friendship society, Derbyshire Peak Oddfellows’ former administrative offices has resulted in the creation of a new social space for Chesterfield town centre, found at 126 Saltergate.

On Thursday 14 March, Society staff, members and guests were joined by The Mayor of Chesterfield Councillor Stuart Brittain, Mayoress Anne Brittain, and the Oddfellows’ CEO, Jane Nelson (all pictured), to officially open the new meeting place and welcome its first visitors through the doors.

Regional Recognition for Ask the Chameleon

(Rachel Hayward, Ask the Chameleon recives award from category sponsor Tom Wade, Regional Business Manager of Worldpay)

Local business Ask the Chameleon has won a prestigious regional award in recognition of its success and will now represent the East Midlands in the national finals.

Ask the Chameleon, headed by director Rachel Hayward, was crowned micro business of the year at the East Midlands Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) Awards 2019.


In April 2018, Edgelarks (Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin) retreated to a remote cottage in Ulpha, western Cumbria. They breathed in the mountain view, banked up the fire, and took their many instruments out of their cases. Then they sat down, and wrote. Tired of the navel gazing tendencies of sad song-writing, and the terrible events frequently depicted in the folk ballad tradition, they decided to turn their attention to an oft overlooked but vital facet of our lives: hope.

Sam Sweeney - The Unfinished Violin

Violin music inspired by a truly incredible story…

as seen on BBC Breakfast & Antiques Roadshow


UK Release: 1 November 2018


UK Tour Dates May 1-10 2019 & Festivals


Irish Women Celebrated Through Comedy and Dance

Looking at the stereotypes from leprechauns and nuns, to Michael Flatley’s mother, nothing is left unsaid as Moxie Brawl re-write the history of Ireland at Déda on Friday 26 April.


Feminism and comedy are at the heart of this perspective on Irish history. 


Enjoy an empowering girl’s night whilst watching award-winning Moxie Brawl’s History of Ireland. Loud, thoughtful, and fun, the musical show comes to Déda this April.


Indietracks 2019 - first artists announced!

We’re very excited to say that Kero Kero Bonito, The Orielles, Stealing Sheep, Tracyanne & Danny, Bis, Withered Hand, The Spook School, Big Joanie, Adult Mom and Peaness are among 45 artists confirmed today for this year’s Indietracks festival.

They’re joined by Holy Now, Young Romance, Mammoth Penguins, Porridge Radio, Strawberry Generation, Randolph's Leap, The Catenary Wires, Molar, Witching Waves, Thud, Seazoo and L I P S.

Dynamic Juggling Duo to Come to Déda

Déda presents a circus-style exploration of human behaviours through the art of juggling.

Forget Vincent and Flavia; the only dancing duo you need to remember this month is Patfield and Triguero!

Join Gandini Juggling Company for a thought-provoking, wildly original, juggling-infused performance.

This style of dance encourages its audience to explore connections between human behaviours and the ‘cycle of nature’. With a hint of humour and slight absurdity, it is nothing like you have ever seen before.

Matlock Storytelling Cafe

Have the pleasure of inviting all lovers of story, and those that think they might like to give it a try, to an evening of Elemental stories.


Derbyshire City & County Youth Orchestra and the Basque Students' Orchestra April 2019

We warmly invite you to attend the first concert of the Basque Collaboration Tour - a combined orchestra of the Derbyshire City & County Youth Orchestra and the Basque Students' Orchestra.

Tuesday 16 April, 7.30pm
Albert Hall, Nottingham NG1 5AA

The two orchestras will be joining together for a collaborative residential course at Trent College, Long Eaton, before embarking on a five-day tour of English and Basque city venues, playing a programme of music by English and Basque composers:

Walton  Unfinished Symphony, Mvt.1

Nuclear R&D centre launched

A vision to build a 65,000ft² R&D facility on Infinity Park Derby was announced at the launch of the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) Midlands at the iHub yesterday.

BEAR partners with Jack Wills


Bondholder and independent coffee house and bar operator, BEAR, has announced plans to open its first London site in partnership with high-street fashion brand Jack Wills.

Belper Recorders Group (BRG)

BELPER Recorders Group (BRG) was recently presented with an £800 cheque by DCC Cllr Peter Makin, at a group meeting held in Strutt’s Centre, Derby Road, Belper.

Talk: John Flamsteed’s Atlas Coelestis

Have you seen our special talk celebrating John Flamsteed? 
This Friday 8th March, 11am-12pm at Derby Museums find out about his trail blazing astronomical observations and drawings. 

Flamsteed, (1646-1719), hailed from Derbyshire and was the first Astronomer Royal. In our collection we have an original copy of his Atlas Coelestis based on his observations of the stars.

Learn more about the man, his work and astronomical knowledge of the time with our Collections Manager, Spencer Bailey.


Upcoming Live & Local Events at the Barn...

Don't miss out on the latest dance and theatre performances at Dronfield!
We're excited to welcome James Wilton Dance and Tangram Theatre Company to Dronfield in the next few weeks...

By James Wilton Dance
Saturday 6th April, 7:30pm, The Peel Centre


Apprentices restore historic clock for the new Museum of Making

Apprentices at Smith of Derby have been busy restoring Derby’s historic Harrison clock for installation in the new Museum of Making when it re-opens to the public in 2020. 


First installed at Derby Guildhall in 1842, the Harrison turret clock dates back to the same period. Its movement was designed by clockmaker, James Harrison of Hull (1792-1875), the great-grand nephew of John (Longitude) Harrison (1693-1776) who famously invented the marine chronometer to calculate longitude at sea.


English Touring Opera brings music home to Buxton

English Touring Opera return to Buxton on March 23 to play in one of the most intimate venues on their circuit: a sitting room on Lismore Road.

Three singers and a pianist from the prestigious company will perform as part of the Friends of Buxton Festival’s campaign to bring beautiful music to interesting places.

DerwentWISE- Final chance to celebrate

Celebrating five years of DerwentWISE at Cromford Mills, DE4 3RQ

Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th March 2019


Fun for all ages!

Music, dance performance, activities, exhibitions, food, drink, arts and crafts to celebrate and explore the Lower Derwent Valley, it's people and rich heritage.

Announcing Ocean World

We’re delighted to be able to announce a new interactive light installation for this year’s Dronfield Arts Festival – entitled “Ocean World”.

At last year’s festival, John Sutcliffe – our Artist in Residence – delighted audiences with a spectacular lantern parade and lights show that was projected onto the front of the Barn. This year, the exhibition will take place inside The Peel Centre – and just as before, there will be plenty of opportunity for you to get involved with the project.

Spring has Sprung - March in the loop

February is finished

This year is flying by and we have lots of exciting new courses and workshops coming up in 2019, including our Bettine dress in a day on Saturday 9 March, band weaving on Saturday 6 April and needle felted sheep workshop on Sunday 14 April. We also have brought back some old favourites beginners mosaics on Tuesday 19 March and Children's soft toy course starting on Sunday 10 March. We've also extended our knitting and amigurumi courses from three weeks to five for 2019 more dates starting this month.

MODERN WORKS opens Saturday

This is just a final reminder that our show MODERN WORKS opens tomorrow with the work of five artists exhibiting contemporary abstract paintings. Enjoy a glass of wine and some outstanding paintings from 11.00. We're also open on Sunday from 11.00 until 4.00


Reflected Silence - Exhibition Opening

You're warmly invited to the opening of our forthcoming exhibition on 16th March from 4pm - 6.30pm. 'Reflected Silence' continues throughout April and exhibits the work of fine Artist Louise Mc Clary. Louise will be at the gallery for the opening of the show.

Scottish Dance Theatre present Robert Mapplethorpe and Patti Smith inspired Velvet Petal by Fleur Darkin

Latest dance production from Scottish Dance Theatre brings energy and style of late 1970s and early 1980s New York to Derby this spring.


Debuting a new adaptation, the company makes a striking return to Déda as part of a Spring UK Tour of their sexy sensual hit show Velvet Petal.


FORMAT19: 14th March Opening Night


17:00 - 21:00

Venues: QUAD, Market Hall, Derby Museum & Art Gallery, BEAR, Artcore, St Werburgh's Chapel, Pickford's House, Eagle Market Intu, Tramshed, Déda , Banks Mill, Unfold Arts, Furthest from the Sea.

See for list of participating artists and venues.

Serviced office space available in former chapel in Derby city centre

Déda is pleased to offer an impressive serviced office space, available to rent in its beautiful building on Derby’s Chapel Street (DE1) from April 2019.

The rent is inclusive of heating and electricity, use of a full-time reception desk, water rates, refuse collection, external window cleaning, cleaning of communal areas, internal and external maintenance, CCTV system plus a security alarm which is monitored by the police.

Be part of Red Saunders' Hidden Project

A founder member of the Rock Against Racism movement in the 1970s, Red Saunders is a professional photographer who combines his photographic practice with cultural, artistic, musical, and political activism.

Choosing Derby as the location for his latest Hidden Project, Red will be casting hundreds of people from across the region to be characters in three giant photographic tableaux, featuring historic scenes of innovation and disruption from Derbyshire’s past. 

The Derby Conference Centre continues to help students take the first steps in their careers

The Derby Conference Centre is encouraging university students into their careers by continuing to offer year-long placements as part of their studies. The Centre has welcomed students this year from Sheffield Hallam University and Coventry University, with the majority studying courses such as Event and Hospitality Management amongst others.

Rebecca Prime, Sales & Conference Manager, was herself a placement student in 2012 and after returning to the Centre in 2015, has worked her way up to the role she currently holds.