Stevenage Museum project to unearth town’s development

The opening of the Twin Foxes pub in Rockingham Way in 1953 - the first in the new town

The opening of the Twin Foxes pub in Rockingham Way in 1953 - the first in the new town - Credit: Archant

A history project which hopes to unearth personal accounts of a town’s development launches today (Saturday).

Stevenage Museum is working in partnership with the Dacorum Heritage Trust and the Welwyn and Hatfield Museum Service to create an online resource full of photographs, films and audio clips, all of which will be personal accounts of how Hertfordshire’s new towns have grown and changed since the 1950s.

Stevenage was the first new town to be built under the New Towns Act of 1946, and the Talking New Towns project, which has received support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, launches this Saturday at Stevenage Museum.

The project will run throughout the year, before finishing in September 2015.

A spokesman for the museum, situated in St George’s Way, said: “This is a chance for members of the public to not only experience audio and film clips of residents’ personal accounts of how their new towns have developed but to also get involved in the project if they want to.”

The museum will be open between the usual times of 10am and 5pm for Saturday’s launch.

If you have any photos, videos or memorabillia relating to the development of Stevenage from the 1950s to the present day call the museum on 01438 21881 or email

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