What’s On

Our extensive events, exhibition and discussion group programme brings together members of the public, local businesses and ambassadors for topical discussion that stimulate conversation on the regeneration and repurposing of Derby city centre.

The Lab is home to the new Derby City Model, a 300-year timeline of the city and the City Living Room. Visitors can also view the University of Derby’s DUST project on Derby’s Urban Sustainable Transition.

View the brand-new

Derby City Model

The Lab’s centrepiece is the brand-new Derby City Model – a detailed 3D model of Derby city centre, which aims to help visitors visualise the city’s ongoing regeneration story.

The model features over £1.4bn of investment projects and £594m developments in the pipeline, the 2.5-metre-long model is the first comprehensive Derby model of its kind.

The model stretches from Derby Train Station to the University of Derby’s City Hub, and from Green Lane to North Riverside.

Viewers can pick out the river Derwent running North to South, as well as iconic buildings such as Derby Cathedral, the Quad and the two ‘Pepper Pots’.

Walking Tours

Join a free Insider Tour to get the inside track on Derby’s regeneration story and learn about its future development.

The walking tour offers participants a unique opportunity to learn about Derby’s past, present and future aspirations.

The Lab is open 7 days a week

Find out when the award-winning Derby City Lab is open to the public..

Upcoming exhibitions and events

Our events and exhibitions programme has something for everyone. Keep up to date with our plans here.

  • 08th May
    Tour
    Derby Insider Tour
    Free event, open to the public
    Derby City Lab, Derbion
    Wednesday, 08th May 2024
    10:00 am – 12:00 pm
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  • INVITATION ONLY
    16th May
    Discussion group
    Derby Economic Development Advisory Committee Meeting (DEDAC)
    Invite Only
    Derby City Lab, Derbion
    Thursday, 16th May 2024
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  • 30th May
    Event
    Derby Book Festival: Children’s Book Drop
    30 May – 5 June
    Derby City Lab, Derbion
    Thursday, 30th May 2024
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  • 19th Jun
    Tour
    Derby Insider Tour
    Free event, open to the public
    Derby City Lab, Derbion
    Wednesday, 19th June 2024
    10:00 am – 12:00 pm
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  • 17th Jul
    Tour
    Derby Insider Tour
    Free event, open to the public
    Derby City Lab, Derbion
    Wednesday, 17th July 2024
    10:00 am – 12:00 pm
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  • 14th Aug
    Tour
    Derby Insider Tour
    Free event, open to the public
    Derby City Lab, Derbion
    Wednesday, 14th August 2024
    10:00 am – 12:00 pm
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  • 11th Sep
    Tour
    Derby Insider Tour
    Free event, open to the public
    Derby City Lab, Derbion
    Wednesday, 11th September 2024
    10:00 am – 12:00 pm
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Past exhibitions

Here is a snapshot of the exhibitions the Derby City Lab is proud to have hosted.

Down to Earth Derby

The first exhibition in the Derby City Lab was hosted by Down to Earth Derby, in partnership with the Eden Project. Together, they showcased their plans for city-wide nature based regeneration

Victorian Market Hall

Derby-based architects, Lathams, hosted an exhibition on the transformation of the Market Hall into an attractive and flexible market and event space, reopening in 2024.

Dust – Derby’s Urban Sustainable Transition

The University of Derby exhibited its DUST research with a mission to envisage a sustainable, resilient, and attractive future for the city of Derby.

A new vision for Derby City Centre

Derby residents, visitors and business were invited to have their say on Derby City Council’s new Ambition document which outlined ideas for a bold, transformational vision for the city centre.

North Riverside

The University of Derby architectural students presented their masterplan concepts for a redevelopment of North Riverside to create a new city centre destination and vibrant community.

Culture Derby

Culture Derby hosted an exhibition to refine plans, engage with stakeholders and gather feedback on immediate activity and long-term, cultural vision for the city.

FORMAT International Photography Festival

Throughout FORMAT, he lab hosted an exhibition called The Sustainable Photobook – and be home to SPP’s Case Study Reading Room, which seeks to engage photobook makers and consumers in a discussion about sustainability.

Derby Book Festival: Children’s Book Drop

Derby City Lab hosted a children’s book drop, as part of the Derby Book Festival week. Over 800 books were collected and distributed across the city to local school and to those that need them most.

ARTCORE: Building Bridges

The exhibition featured the work of artists from both Derby and Osnabrück and aimed to serve as a bridge between the two communities.
The exhibition of artwork followed an international residency in Osnabrück and Artcore Gallery in Derby

CRZyBest & Friends at Derby City Lab

The Lab was home to some of the city’s most talented creatives, as over 16 businesses displayed and sold their work. Demonstrations and hands-on workshops were also on offer.

Rams Heritage Trust: Back from the Brink – Derby County, A Year On

The exhibition explored the club’s turbulent recent history through contemporary objects, images and supporter testimony, with an emphasis on the special position Derby County holds within the city and how a fanbase united to help save their club from extinction.

Artcore: Cultural Threads

The project celebrated the diversity of Derby through free paintmaking and pottery sessions. The event concluded with a showcase of work with Diwali celebrations.

Derby Book Festival: Autumn Children’s Book Drop

After the success of the previous event, Derby City Lab hosted a second children’s book drop, as part of the Derby Book Festival Autumn Edition. Hundreds of books were collected and distributed across the city to local schools and to those that need them most.

North Riverside – Masterplans 2024

The University of Derby architectural students displayed a range of posters and models sharing their visions for a new city centre destination.
The visions fully exploited the riverside setting, improving the quality of green spaces whilst presenting a vibrant waterfront pedestrian realm within the heart of the city.