How new town vision became reality

PUBLISHED: 17:15 19 October 2006 | UPDATED: 11:03 06 May 2010

Mr and Mrs Sulzbach move into Broadview in 1951

Mr and Mrs Sulzbach move into Broadview in 1951

THE history of Stevenage new town can be seen before your very eyes. Moments of time captured on film are on show at the Boxfield Gallery in Stevenage Arts and Leisure Centre from today (Thursday). They give a view of the town over the last 60 years, rang

Laying roads at Whomerley Wood

THE history of Stevenage new town can be seen before your very eyes.

Moments of time captured on film are on show at the Boxfield Gallery in Stevenage Arts and Leisure Centre from today (Thursday).

They give a view of the town over the last 60 years, ranging from building workers toiling away to a sign welcoming newcomers, and a picture of the first family to move into the new town, the Sulzbachs.

With borough council funding, Stevenage Museum has put together the exhibition of archive photographs to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Stevenage as a new town.

Alongside the photos, the pioneering story of the early new town years is told, including the struggle to build in post-war years when materials were scarce and the challenges of living in a town that was being built around pioneering residents.

The exhibition runs until November 26.

If you miss it at the Boxfield Gallery, there will be another chance to see some of the photos at the museum's own new town gallery.

This opens on November 18 and will include first person recollections of life in the early new town, a recreation of a 1950s kitchen and a record booth to listen to the music hits of the time.

Leader of the council, Sharon Taylor, said: "This exhibition is a brilliant addition to the 60th anniversary celebrations because it is a visual reminder of what life was like when the new town was established and how far Stevenage has come since.


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