How is Stevenage marking the 75th anniversary of the new town?

Stevenage Museum on St George's Way is currently closed but you can now take a virtual tour of the m

Stevenage Museum will host exhibitions and take part in historical walks, marking the anniversary of the new town - Credit: Google Street View

We have plenty to celebrate at the new town turns 75 - and Stevenage Borough Council has lots on the agenda to do just that.

As SBC continues to transform the town centre, it has said it is "proud" and "looks forward to seeing you at one or more of our many events to mark this monumental milestone".

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A number of events will be put on by the council and museum to mark the 75th anniversary of Stevenage new town - Credit: Stevenage Borough Council

August:

The story of Stevenage in 100 objects

Launching late this month will be a series of short films - made during the pandemic - which will be available on Stevenage Museum's website. 'The story of Stevenage in 100 objects' will feature local people talking about an object that means something to them and tells a part of the town's history. 

September:

Schools project: Regeneration ghosts

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The museum is working with the Herts Cultural Education Partnership (HCEP), local schools and a creative practitioner to co-create work inspired by Stevenage new town's story.

The work is funded by the Royal Opera House Bridge and local young people will be getting involved when they return to school in the autumn term - from September 6 to December 17.

DETAILS exhibition

In partnership with Milton Keynes Council, the project will tell the story of new towns. SBC has commissioned Curl la Tourelle - Head Architecture - to research and illustrate our historic built environments, which will be featured in an online exhibition within the 75th anniversary period.

Town centre self-guided walking tour

Throughout September, the tour will take participants through historical parts of the new town. It is designed and created as an information guide which people can enjoy while taking a stroll through the town.

New Town, New Art Project - featuring Nina Wakeford's productions

New Town; New Art is an Arts Council funded project, commissioned by SBC, in partnership with Junction 7 Creatives and Focal Point Gallery, and commissioning Nina Wakeford to produce audio-visual and performance art installations on the cycleways with Stevenage’s LGBT+ community and local, emerging artists.

The installations should materialise and be exhibited within the 75th anniversary.

This Girl Can Bootcamp

From September to December, the project will consist of 75 different exercises, while looking back at women in sport over the last 75 years.

Dancing with light

A dancer, a photographer and local people got together earlier this year and danced with light in the museum. See what they made in this light filled photographic show capturing the joy of movement. The exhibition will be on from September 1 to October 16.

Curiosity, an Exhibition by Hugh Tessier

A local sculptor celebrates the end of COVID restrictions with his show of curious structures, pictures and poems, to excite the spectator and see the world in a new light. At the museum from September 22 to October 1.

October:

Stevenage Sports Hall of Fame by Paul Fry: Book launch

Paul grew up in Stevenage and loves sport! His book explores a huge variety of sporting talent that has been nurtured in the town and celebrates that success. The book launch will take place on October 8, from 10am to 12 noon at the museum.

Hampson Park

One of the tours include the origins of some of the trees planted as an arboretum in what is now Hampson Park - Credit: Archant

75th anniversary walks - booking essential

A series of free walks will be held across the town, each with refreshments stops. The first will take you on a journey to find out about the early master plans of the new town, on October 13.

Next, chart the story of the first community hall and the community centre and see how schools fitted in to the town’s story. On Friday, October 15 at 10am, from the Bedwell community centre.

On October 23, find out about some of the new town pioneers who moved in to Rockingham Way and the early neighbourhood shops. At 10am from Rockingham Way café.

Finally, on Wednesday, October 27, the tour will explore the life of the Postons at The Sishes and the origins of some of the trees planted as an arboretum in what is now Hampson Park. Starts at 10am - meet at Duncan’s café.

Pride of Stevenage Awards

The Pride of Stevenage Awards will honour people and organisations who give their time, energy and expertise to help make life nicer for those around them. The event will be held on October 16 and the Gordon Craig Theatre.

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