Arts. Heritage. Community.

60 Miles by Road or Rail will be returning

On 14 February 1968 Northampton was designated a New Town. 

On 14 February 2020 60 Miles by Road or Rail returned to Northampton, following its celebrated 2018 project responding to 50 years of Northampton’s New Town designation.

We we will also be hosting events in Corby, which is celebrating 70 years since it was designated a New Town in 1950. Join us for arts, heritage and community activities across Northampton and Corby.


Due to COVID-19 60 Miles has been postponed to 2021.

In the meantime, you can find out more about the project, including how you can get involved, by checking out the four strands of the project below.

The original cast return to present theatre production 60 Miles by Road or Rail at Royal & Derngate  The show is being redeveloped and will respond to the changes to our contemporary political landscape.

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Work with local artists to create something NEW to capture how we feel about the towns that we call home. We will be hosting groups in both Northampton and Corby.

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Share your personal story of either Northampton or Corby. This may be through archiving a recording, by sharing a piece of creative writing, or being a part of our brand new documentary film.

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Discover how Northampton and Corby transformed under the New Towns act. Led by the New Town Heritage Research Network, find out more about the legacy of New Towns nationally and internationally.

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It feels vital to be delivering an intergenerational project that places Northamptonian experiences at its heart. Our New Town heritage has played a complex yet fundamental role on the makeup of our town and its identity, and yet we rarely talk about it. It was a period of sudden expansion, mass migration and political upheaval.

As Northampton undergoes further financial adversity, political uncertainty, and new masterplans are unveiled for the regeneration of our town, it feels vital that we are coming together to question and strengthen our shared sense of civic identity in an unprecedented way.

We’re thrilled to also be hosting heritage and community events in Corby, which was itself designated a New Town 18 years before Northampton, but which offers a very different New Town legacy. 

Whilst the project unashamedly prioritises our local experiences, I believe it will capture many of the moods and rhythms of many large towns up and down the country.”

Andy Routledge, Founder and director

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60 Miles by Road or Rail is co-managed by Andy Routledge (Founder and director) and Courtenay Johnson (Producer). We are a locally ran, independent organisation who are committed to championing our county and the vast array of talent that it offers during a period of political uncertainty and financial instability. 

You can learn about the Background of the project and find out Who We Are.

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