Made in Derby II launches this weekend

Published: 11 September 2019

Parent and child taking photo of star plaque

The second phase of the popular Made in Derby project will be announced this Saturday

The second phase of the popular Made in Derby project will be announced this Saturday.

Ten new stars will be unveiled in the Market Place and Iron Gate on Saturday (14th September) morning from 11.30am. The ten new stars have once again been chosen by Derby residents and will help navigate citizens from the Market Place into the heart of the Cathedral Quarter.

The first phase of Made in Derby was launched in May 2018 to honour some of the city’s most outstanding citizens and to celebrate the city’s heritage.

The stars make a trail across the city and are a collection of mosaic and cast iron plaques that celebrate the lives of people who have had a huge impact on the city. Each plaque can be brought to life via augmented reality, by using the “Made in Derby” app on your smartphone.

This year, Got to Dance finalists, Trinity Warriors will be performing to open the launch event.

The first ten Derby stars to have their names etched into the stars in the city were:

  • 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

Councillor Matthew Holmes, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Planning and Transportation, said:

Made in Derby is a fantastic scheme and we’re thrilled to be rolling out the next stage to the city. The stars add something really special to our streets and the unique concept of using augmented reality is a great way to engage with our citizens and visitors in the city centre. We’re excited to be unveiling our new stars this weekend.

The event begins at 11.30am on Saturday 14th September in the Market Place. The Made in Derby app is available to download for free from the App and Play store.

Follow the event on Twitter @derbycc or search the hashtag #madeinderby2 

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