In February 1968, Northampton was designated a third-wave New Town. Tasked with welcoming thousands of new families from overspill areas in London and beyond, Northampton underwent a significant period of rapid expansion extremely quickly. From the building of the Eastern District to the demolition of many loved historic buildings in the town centre, it was a period that changed Northampton forever.
Through intergenerational arts, heritage and community activity, 60 Miles by Road or Rail champions the largely untold stories of Northampton’s New Town story, during a time in which the town once again faces great uncertainty and transformation.
The project will also start to explore Corby’s unique New Town story, following its designation as a first-wave New Town 18 years previously in April 1950.
Local creatives present theatre production 60 Miles by Road or Rail at Royal & Derngate. Following a preview in 2018, the redeveloped show will respond to the changes to Northampton’s contemporary political landscape.
An opportunity to work with local artists to co-create something NEW, capturing how we feel about the towns that we call home. We will be hosting activities in both Northampton and Corby.
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.
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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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 contact us at email@example.com