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What is the Mulberry and Bigland Green Centre?

 

The Mulberry & Bigland Green Centre (MBGC) is an exciting education and arts facility located off Bigland Street in the heart of Shadwell and only a 5 minute walk from Shadwell DLR and Overground stations.

 

Officially opened in 2013 by The Duchess of Cornwall, the aim of MBGC is to provide education, training, healthcare, advice and support for the local community and for children aged between 0 and 19 and their families. The project was conceived and developed by three main partners, Mulberry School for Girls, Bigland Green Primary School and West Shadwell Children's Centre.

 

Housed within the centre are 6 classrooms fully equipped with a computer, projector and interactive whiteboard. A divide between two of the rooms can be opened to provide a much bigger teaching space suitable for larger classes or those that have a practice element. Courses are delivered in conjunction with Mulberry School for Girls and Bigland Green Primary School and the classrooms themselves are also available for hire.  In addition to the classrooms there is a large Community Hall on the ground floor which provides space for Zumba and Aerobics classes as well as workshops and seminars. A serving hatch gives access to the adjoining kitchenette making this the perfect space to serve tea and coffee as well as light lunches.

 

A fully equipped playroom is also located in the centre run by West Shadwell Children’s Centre providing classes, workshops, health support and information to families with children under five years old. Please note, this facility is currently only open when classes are being run by the Children’s Centre. For more information on the sessions they are currently running please see the contact page for details.

 

Finally, MBGC houses a professionally equipped 150 seat performance space home to award winning Mulberry Theatre Company. Designed with flexibility in mind the space features a fully wrap around balcony with seating on three sides and a retractable seating unit offering various seating configurations, making the space not only perfect for the performances of plays and music but also conferences, workshops and rehearsals. A tension wire grid covers the entire playing space enabling quick changeovers and also provides space for safe technical theatre training.

 

We hope you are able to visit us soon, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.