This relates to its engineering and manufacturing
traditions including shoes, lace, hosiery and engineering at Derby – where
there are more engineers per capita than anywhere else in the UK.
An abundance of limestone can be found within the East Midlands
hence cement manufacture is a large industry with roughly twenty percent of the
UK's cement being produced there.
Charnwood Forest is a mecca for geologists and is noted for
its abundant levels of volcanic rock, estimated to be approximately 600 million
The legend of Robin Hood has led to the popularity of
Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire, a major draw for tourists visiting the region.
Historically and to the present day the East Midlands has
produced some memorable foods including Lincolnshire sausages, Stilton cheese,
Red Leicester, Melton Mowbray pork pies, Bakewell tarts and Bramley apples.
D. H. Lawrence is perhaps the East Midlands best known
writer, although he only gained full recognition in the late twentieth century.
Several professional football clubs have their home in the
East Midlands although none presently play in the Premier League - the clubs
play in the Championship, League One and the Conference National.
The BBC East Midlands region of BBC Television, based in
Nottingham, produces a number of regional television programmes including the
news programme East Midlands Today from Waltham.
The region has always been renowned for its education and
the East Midlands still retains 15 state grammar schools but the majority of
secondary schools are comprehensive.
Universities in the East Midlands include: The University of
Northampton, De Montford University, University of Nottingham, Loughborough
University, University of Leicester and Nottingham Trent University. The East
Midlands is also home to a university college - the Bishop Grosseteste
University College Lincoln.