- Michael Smith
15th July 2024
Derby has been variously described as the Crossroads of History, the Birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, the Real Ale Capital of the world, Jubilee City and the most haunted place in the country. It is all of these and much, much more. For over a century it was an important railway manufacturing centre; the city has made a significant contribution to the artistic and cultural life of the country, particularly Wright of Derby who became known as the artist of the Enlightenment. Britain’s first factory was established in Derby in 1721 and in 1745 Derby became the southernmost point reached by Bonnie Prince Charlie in his abortive attempt to overthrow King George III and seize the crown. In the twentieth century Derby became the home of Rolls-Royce, which alone has contributed to a number of world-beating achievements. But Derby’s greatest asset is its people. The inventiveness of individual engineers, artists and scientists has been supported by the craftsmanship and skill of the workforce throughout its history.
Celebrating Derby chronicles the proud heritage of Derby, its important moments and what draws so many to this dynamic city today. Illustrated throughout, this fascinating book offers a marvellous and refreshingly positive insight into Derby’s rich heritage, its special events and important moments. Celebrating Derby will be a valuable contribution to the history of the city and provide a source of many memories to those who have known it well over the years.