About us



The College Street Centre is managed by Nottingham City Council’s Children & Adults Department (Curriculum and Enrichment Service). The Centre is ideally situated, being in a quieter part of the city away from the hustle and bustle. It is situated in a beautiful conservation area, directly behind St Barnabas Cathedral and near to Nottingham Playhouse and the Albert Hall. There is good on-street parking at reasonable charges. If you are looking for room hire, The College Street Centre can offer a range of flexible spaces to suit most requirements. Whether you wish to hold a meeting, training session, therapy session, workshop, photoshoot, theatre performance, or are looking for rehearsal space then we can meet your needs with our versatile rooms and facilities. Hirings can be made on a one-off basis, but we are also able to offer regular bookings such as term-time only, weekly, or a block booking of several sessions.


The Centre was originally built as The People's College in 1846, with funds raised by public subscription, to provide "education for the working classes of Nottingham and the neighbourhood, for ever". Transferred to the Nottingham School Board in 1879, the buildings on College Street were expanded to meet the needs of the developing Victorian education legislation, with the Ropewalk building being added in 1888. They were used variously for infant, junior and secondary education until 1924.

The painting

The home page image is a painting commissioned from Jed Brignal in 2006 to celebrate 160 years of public education on college street and as part of a project to encourage young artists.