Corby residents invited to celebrate new towns

Corby residents are invited to make history at a unique event marking 70 years of new towns in the UK
Corby residents are invited to make history at a unique event marking 70 years of new towns in the UK

Corby residents are invited to make history at a unique event marking 70 years of new towns in the UK.

The Recommission for New Towns is a public conference aimed at uncovering untold stories about life in new towns across the country.

Organiser Jonny Matfin said: “A lot has been written about the history of post-war new towns but often the experiences of people who actually lived and live in them get ignored.

“We’re aiming to give as many new town residents as possible a chance to voice their own version of the past and present.”

The Recommission for New Towns, in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, on July 30, will mark the 70th anniversary of the 1946 New Towns Act – which launched a wave of new settlements across the country.

The event will combine talks from historians, economists, writers and artists with accounts from new town residents who wish to take part in a debate and is open to all members of the public.

Jonny Matfin, a historical research student at Birkbeck College, London, said: “We want to hear from all new town residents who feel they have a story to tell – good or bad.”

The Recommission for New Towns is being held at Stevenage Museum, St George’s Way, Stevenage, SG1 1XX, from 10am to 5pm on Saturday, July 30.

Tickets are £7 here.