Letchworth 1970s memories project launched with classic VW camper van

The Garden City Collection team will be parked Garden Square, Leys Avenue from 10am to 4pm in Letchw

The Garden City Collection team will be parked Garden Square, Leys Avenue from 10am to 4pm in Letchworth GC this Saturday as part of the Saving the ‘70s project - Credit: Archant

A classic VW camper van will be stopping off in the world’s first garden city this weekend as part of a 1970s memories project.

The Garden City Collection team will be parked in Leys Square in Letchworth GC town centre from 10am to 4pm today (Saturday) for the Saving the ‘70s project.

People are being invited to drop in and share their memories of Letchworth GC during the decade.

Vicky Axell, curator of the Garden City Collection, said: “If anyone went on a march, became a vegetarian or started going to an allotment we’d like to hear from them. We’d be interested to hear about any new societies that sprung up, and anyone who remembers the expansion of the Jackmans estate in the 1960s and the private development of Lordship in the 1970s.

“It may only be a few decades ago but the ‘70s are becoming part of history and we are keen to save people’s memories and any objects which evoke the era.”


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Museums across Hertfordshire and Suffolk are collecting objects and memories from the ‘70s as part of a Heritage Lottery Fund supported project, with more than £247,000 awarded to 11 musems which will host exhibitions and events in 2014.

In Letchworth GC, the memories and objects collected will form part of a town centre exhibition running between May 24 to June 1, with ‘70s-themed events which will focus on the changes that took place in Letchworth GC, highlighting the role of leisure and popular culture in the town.

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Among the topics the exhibition aims to cover is the population growth experienced in the town during the decade, with the extension of the Jackmans and Lordship estates to ease the London overspill.

The Garden City Collection team are keen to find out more about people’s thoughts on relocating during the period and obtain photographs of interiors of houses on the estate, so they can be compared to plans and brochures already in their possession.

To find out more email response@letchworth.com

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