North East Derbyshire
North East Derbyshire, like the other districts in the First Art area, a former coal mining district and the demise of the industry impacted heavily on its people and place. The rolling hills, woodlands and small towns make it a picturesque place to escape but many of its towns and villages being rural brings challenges, especially when it comes to accessing the arts. It has a population of over 100,700.
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It was during the expansion of the railways when George Stephenson built the Clay Cross tunnel that coal was discovered in the area.