Providing cultural spaces

We are proud to be a part of a vibrant local community and are committed to providing opportunities for public access to our academic and learning resources. This includes access to The Keep facility, which houses our Special Collections and Mass Observation Archive.

Interior of the Attenborough Centre

In 2016 we re-opened the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts to the public, following an extensive refurbishment. The Centre is a reflection of the University’s commitment to investing in its campus for the benefit of students, staff, the local community and wider arts scene.  

Interior of the Attenborough Centre

Named as a tribute to our former Chancellor, Lord (Richard) Attenborough and his family, the Centre embodies a creative spirit and carries on the legacy of this great entertainment family. Many well-known names in music, theatre and comedy have played at the Centre over the years and we continue to support established and emerging talent through our public performance programme.

We have maintained the Grade II* listed building but modernised the space to provide flexible, high spec facilities including a 350-seat auditorium, extensive gallery and display areas designed for art and audio-visual installations and a new café and bar.

The Centre provides a fantastic learning space for our students and staff, giving them access to 21st century facilities within a building steeped in history. We plan to give access to local schools, residential and community groups so that they can enjoy the Centre – whether through attending performances or being part of the theatrical programme.  

The University has ambitions for the Attenborough Centre to become a leading contemporary arts and performance space and the cultural focus for the University and local community.  


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