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Made in Derby

Follow the Made in Derby trail to discover the people who have played a part in putting Derby on the world map.

Made in Derby is a trail of mosaic and cast iron plaques celebrating the the lives of people who have had a huge impact on the city and who have helped Derby to make it's mark on the world. Each plaque can be brought to life via augmented reality, by using the "Made in Derby" app on your smart phone.

The first ten Derby stars to have their names etched into the Hollywood celebrity style, cast iron plaques are;

  • Alice Wheeldon Derby’s most famous suffragist and a fervent anti-First World War campaigner
  • Bess of Hardwick, England’s richest Elizabethan woman after Queen Elizabeth I used her considerable wealth to help Derby poor and needy
  • Brian Clough and Peter Taylor the top management duo that took Derby football from obscurity to national fame
  • Sir John Hurt in recognition of his sterling contribution to the arts as an accomplished actor
  • Joseph Wright, globally recognised English landscape and portrait painter and the first to express the spirit of the Industrial Revolution
  • Louis Martin, the Jamaican-born sportsman who became Britain’s greatest-ever Olympic weightlifter
  • Philip Noel-Baker, a former MP for Derby, credited with saving the 1948 Olympic Games for Britain
  • Charles Rolls the pioneer aviator and Henry Royce the engineer and designer who formed Rolls-Royce which sets the global standard for excellence in automotive and aviation technology

The Stars can be found on Albion Street and Exchange Street in Derby, the route between the Market Hall and intu, for more information see the Made in Derby Map. 

Each star named has been nominated by the people of Derby. Whilst over 80 names were put forward, the final selection was based on the merits of each candidate and their role in developing Derby. The eight stars named are just the start of the project. Watch the Derby story unfold with a trail of significant people and places.

The Made in Derby plaques feature a design celebrating aspects of the city’s heritage that have had an impact around the world: from the creation of Lara Croft to the iconic time-pieces of Smith’s Clocks. The city mascot, The Derby Ram, makes an appearance alongside the trains, planes and automobiles that contribute in such a large way to the city’s economy. Continuing a tradition of craftsmanship that emerged in the industrial revolution, the plaques have been cast at local foundry Manor Foundry.

From the world’s first factory to the Olympicmedal inspired, Derby Arena, Derby is a city of making. Making has shaped Derby’s past and present and is influencing its future. It is a reason to be proud to live, work or visit the city.

Derby’s Made in Derby trail celebrates the people and the places that are…Made in Derby

Made in Derby II: You can also see the next ten Derby stars to have their names etched into the Hollywood celebrity style, cast iron plaques here

Instructions for AR

Use the the free wifi hotspot to download the "Made in Derby" app. Available to download from Google Play and the Apple App Store.

Scan the plaque to find out more...


The D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership is the private sector-led partnership promoting economic growth, jobs and business start-ups in Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. It’s invested £1.65million from its Local Growth Fund allocation in a Derby City Council city centre improvement scheme, which includes the Made in Derby project.

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