Dancers on stage

We are a multi-purpose venue providing youth activities, live music, events and conferences all in the heart of Norwich

The OPEN Youth Trust was established to provide opportunities for young people in Norfolk including those who are most disadvantaged, with the longer term aim of making a positive difference to their lives.

Through the commercial activities OPEN Conference, Live Music & CLOSED Secure Storage, the OPEN Youth Trust is able to offer a range of different activities, most of which are free to attend, for young people aged 7 – 25. 

The OPEN Youth Trust also manages the SOS Bus.


The history of the venue dates back to 1779 when Alderman Poole, a wine merchant, sold Barlett Gurney his premises.  Gurney installed safes for bullion in the former wine cellars and the Gurney Bank was established.  In 1896, 20 banks including the Gurney Bank were amalgamated under the name of Barclay & Co Ltd.  However Barclays Bank outgrew its premises and in 1926 a new building was designed with a huge banking hall, offices and strong rooms.

Our venue was the regional head quarters of Barclays Bank until it was sold to the Lind Trust in 2003. Also during 2003 a Youth Forum was established to assess the needs of young people in Norfolk, and in 2005 the OPEN Youth Trust finally received charitable status. 

Hudsons Architects worked with young people on how best to make use of the interior of the venue, both for young people and also conference users, and in 2009 a totally redesigned venue being handed back to the Trust.


Frank and Mike singing