Made in Derby

Residents of Derby were invited to nominate the first eight inductees for the city’s ‘hall of fame’ in Autumn 2017 and is now open to the public.

The project, named Made in Derby features Derby’s most famous and inspiring people who are honoured with a series of plaques embedded into city centre streets. The first plaques are now installed between intu and the Market Hall along Albion Street and Exchange Street. Artists Timothy Clapcott, Arnold Pollock and Romilly collaborated to produce 8 cast iron and mosaic plaques that have an Augmented Reality feature allowing Smart Phone users to access more information about the individuals and their achievements.


The selection criteria was clear from the outset that the person should have either have been born in Derby or have a strong association with Derby. They should have made a significant contribution to the city or achieved substantial accomplishments in their profession or vocation.

Made in Derby is a joint project, involving Derby City Council, Derby Telegraph and local business leaders.

Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economy, Cllr Martin Rawson said:

The Council welcomes the opportunity to collaborate with the private sector to recognise the contributions locally, nationally and internationally of our outstanding men and women. It is our hope that this would inspire future generations.

We are working with artist Tim Clapcott, the man who created the Friar Gate heads on Derby’s Friar Gate and the Talking Heads at Speakers Corner. This ‘walk of fame’ will not be limited to eight people. We will be adding to the list over a period of time through other streets in the city centre.

Derby Telegraph Editor Steve Hall said:

The idea stemmed from the success of local sportsmen and women in  the 2016 Olympic Games.

We thought that more needed to be done to recognise the achievements of people who were from Derby or had strong associations with our city. We floated the idea with leaders of local businesses and major city organisations and they were of a similar view. The council, and particularly deputy leader Cllr Martin Rawson, were also keen to see what could be achieved.

We looked at a Hollywood-style Walk of Fame and spoke to the Business improvement District in Birmingham, which has created something similar, but we think the Made In Derby concept is something a bit different and, because it will be sourced and manufactured locally, furthers the idea of celebrating all that is great about our city.

The cost is £70,000, which is being wholly funded by the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership – the private sector-led partnership which promotes economic and jobs growth across Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire – through its Local Growth Fund (LGF) allocation from Government. LGF funding is used to jointly invest in infrastructure projects which directly aid economic growth in the LEP area.

This is part of a bigger £1.9m place making project in the city centre of which D2N2 provided a grant of £1.65m from its Local Growth Fund allocation and the Council £250,000 from its capital budget – all of which is being used to fund the St Peters Street works.

A panel of judges comprising representatives from the local civic and business community made the final selection.




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