Derby is The UK’s Capital for Innovation. Featuring in the film includes 20 facts about Derby…
1 – Joseph Wright of Derby — world famous Derbeian whose paintings capture the Enlightenment and the birth of the industrial revolution (film shows the Orrery from the world’s largest collection held by Derby Museum and Art Gallery).
2 – QUAD – £11m centre for Arts and Digital Media — 400,000 annual visitors – home to Format, the UK’s largest and world top 10 photography exhibition.
3 – Silk Mill — world’s first factory (1717) and birthplace to Industrial revolution — now UNESCO World Heritage Site.
4 Hydro-electric Station — harnessing the current from River Derwent to power the refurbished City Council HQ and feed into the grid.
5 – Statue of Sir Michael Thomas Bass — British Brewer, MP and civic benefactor to Derby.
6 – Brian Clough and Peter Taylor — innovative managerial team guiding Derby County Football Club to First Division Championship.
7 – Rolls-Royce — aerospace world HQ employing 14,000 in Derby – record order book – £71.6 billion.
8 – Sir Henry Royce statue — the genius engineer behind the invention and growth of aerospace and flight.
9 – Force India F1 car – epm:technology — carbon composites company investing in the city.
10 – Bombardier — world’s largest rail manufacturer – Derby celebrating 175 years of train building, now the world’s largest cluster of rail companies and recently won London Cross Rail contract.
11 – Toyota — world’s largest automotive company, Derby is European manufacturing centre including production of Auris Hybrid — the first mass-produced hybrid in Europe.
12 – Lara Croft — Tomb Raider changed the gaming industry- created in Derby — part of new Inner Ring Road named after her!
13 – John Whitehurst – co–founder of the Lunar Society, innovator, geologist and clock-maker.
14 – The Roundhouse — Grade II listed and Guinness Record Holder as world’s oldest locomotive roundhouse — now an award-winning building for Derby College.
15 – Smith of Derby clock — bespoke clock maker for over 150 years (largest in the world) – products include New York Grand Central, Shanghai Bund and the world’s largest clock in China.
16 – Florence Nightingale statue — founder of modern nursing, designer of the Derby Royal Infirmary, lived in Derbyshire.
17 – Denby — established in 1809 and manufacturer of tableware, sold across the world and films shows current innovation with Monsoon brand.
18 – Royal Crown Derby — oldest English porcelain manufacturer — established in 1750 — still growing today.
19 – UKs’ leading hi-tech city — 12% employed in hi-tech functions — 4 times national average.
20 – University of Derby — just launched the Institute for Innovation in Sustainable Engineering plus Innovation Centre JV with Aston and Cranfield.