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People who shaped the Valley

We are researching and celebrating the individuals who influenced the valley’s history and landscape.

The Churnet Valley has a remarkable history that stretches back to prehistory. The most dramatic chapters, and the ones that have left the most obvious marks on the landscape, are the more recent.

In Victorian times a series of pioneering industrialists and entrepreneurs changed the face of the valley. People invested fortunes, experimented with new technologies and connected the Churnet Valley to a wider world.

We want to find and tell the stories of these visionaries who made the valley we know today.

All the history is there but so far no one has pulled it all together.

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Hear James Sells from Staffordshire Peak District Tourism Association talk about this work

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Hear about some key people from the past

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Hear about the industrial Churnet Valley