A-Z of Heroes, Heroines & Heritage

The A-Z of inspirational people, places and inventions from the Heart of The Midlands will grow and grow with your suggestions. So please send us an email to a-z@heartofthemidlands.co.uk, with who or what you think should be listed here, together with how they (or it)  are connected to Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire or Leicestershire.

"If I have seen further, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants"
Sir Isaac Newton (Born

Standing on the shoulders of giants is a metaphor which means "Using the understanding gained by major thinkers who have gone before in order to make intellectual progress".  Well if you have a business in the Heart of the Midlands, or do business with one – you’re in an inspirational place, with innovative people and wealth of heritage.

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Ada Lovelace

Innovation is at the Heart of the Midlands Ada Lovelace changed the world. Countess Augusta Ada Lovelace, English mathematician is credited with being the world's first computer programmer.

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Alan Sillitoe

The working class culture is celebrated by Heart of the Midlands author Alan Sillitoe

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Bradgate Park

The heritage and beauty of the Heart of the Midlands brings visitors from the world over

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Carl Froch

Culture, Diversity, Leadership and Investment in self belief, Carl Froch represents the Heart of the Midlands mindset

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Chatsworth House

The heritage and beauty of the Heart of the Midlands brings visitors from the world over

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David Attenborough

The Heart of the Midlands is at the centre of the environmental debate, his leadership on this subject has changed popular thinking and changed behaviour.

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Derby Arboretum Public Park

Derby Arboretum opened in 1840 and is recognised as the first in the world to be first to be deliberately planned as a place of public recreation in an urban setting.

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Diwali

If there was ever a festival to celebrate our cultural diversity, it's the Diwali festival in Leicester

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DNA Profiling

Innovation is at the Heart of the Midlands, including the discovery of DNA profiling!

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East Midlands Airport - UK's Biggest Freight Airport

East Midlands Airport is Britain’s biggest dedicated air cargo operation located in the Heart of the Midlands

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East Midlands Gateway

East Midlands Gateway is putting international business at the Heart of the Midlands, connecting East Midlands to major UK ports, taking more freight off the roads

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Ellen MacArthur

Leadership Culture, Diversity, Getting on and Giving back Ellen MacArthur is everything that is good about the Heart of the Midlands

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Florence Nightingale

Leadership and Investment in People is at the Heart of the Midlands

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Hot Dogs

Innovation is at the Heart of the Midlands, including the invention of the Hot Dog!

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HP Sauce and Frederick Gibson Garton

Innovation is at the Heart of the Midlands, including the invention of HP 'brown'Sauce!

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Industrial Revolution

The Heart of the Midlands was the birthplace of the industrial revolution and innovation which changed the landscape and infrastructure of Britain and the world forever.

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Kasabian

Heart of the Midlands band Kasabian reflect the culture and diversity of the region.

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Lace Market

Culture, heritage and history doesn't run any deeper in the Heart of the Midlands than Nottingham's Lace Market.

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Lara Croft

Culture, Diversity, Leadership and role model - Lara Croft, born from imagination and innovation is at the Heart of the Midlands.

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Mansfield Railway Viaduct

The heritage and beauty of the Heart of the Midlands brings visitors from the world over

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Martin Johnson

Leadership, Martin Johnson epitomises the Heart of the Midlands mindset

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Paul Smith

Leadership, Investment in People, Retail Innovation and International Business - Paul Smith represents all that's great about the Heart of the Midlands spirit.

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Raleigh Chopper Bike

Innovation is at the Heart of the Midlands, including the creation of the Raleigh chopper bike!

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Rebecca Adlington

Rebecca "Becky" Adlington, OBE, is a British former competitive swimmer who specialised in freestyle events in international competition.

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Robin Hood

Culture, Diversity, Getting on and Giving back is at the Heart of the Midlands with Robin Hood

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Rolls-Royce

International Business, innovation, history and leadership, Rolls-Royce represents all that's great about the Heart of the Midlands

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Shane Meadows

The culture and diversity of the Heart of the Midlands is celebrated in Shane Meadows work

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Trent Bridge

The heritage and beauty of the Heart of the Midlands brings visitors from the world over

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Vivienne Westwood

Leadership and Investment in People is at the Heart of the Midlands, and probably no better example than Dame Vivienne Westwood.

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Walkers Crisps

Innovation is at the Heart of the Midlands, including the invention of Walkers Crisps!

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White Town

White Town demonstrates the culture, diversity and innovation is at the Heart of the Midlands

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