Share your story with us


Throughout the project we want to share YOUR personal New Town stories of Northampton and Corby.

Here’s how you can get involved:
WRITE YOUR STORY

You can write and share your personal story directly via our website. Whether you are local to the county, have since moved away, or have passed through – we would love to hear from you.

FEATURE IN OUR PHOTO STORIES

Share your photos and memories of both the past and the present, and have your portrait taken by photographer Christian Sinibaldi.

Record your story

Would you like tell your story in person? We will be interviewing residents about their personal experiences and archiving these recordings at the East Midlands Oral History Archive.

APPEAR IN OUR DOCUMENTARY FILM

We’re making a film! This will include interviews with people from the Northampton Development Corporation, Northampton natives and early New Town residents

Write Your Story

Continuing from our 2018 project, you are invited to share your written story on our website. Unlike our other Your Story activities, you can share this right away! 

Whatever your story or preferred way of writing, we’d love for you to share it on our website. You can remain anonymous if you want to.

You can read other shared stories by scrolling to the bottom of this page. 

Photo Stories

Alongside our written and oral stories we are creating a photo gallery of people and places with New Town stories to tell. There are two ways to get involved:

Share with us your photos and memories of the past.

We’d love to see and hear all about the photos that you find in boxes under the bed or framed in your living room. Do you have photos from when you, your parents or grandparents first moved to the town? Our aim is to collect and share photos of people who moved to Corby and Northampton and the places they ended up calling home – revealing the story behind faces in the photos. 

Share your story with us and let us take a new photo of you, your family or your favourite place in the town today.

Photographer Christian Sinibaldi will take a portrait photograph of you. This will be presented on our website and over on a specially curated Instagram account, championing the range of people who make up our town.

Throughout the project we are aiming to collect and build this section of the website – turning it into a vibrant resource for discovering the histories and personalities of the people who live here. We can’t do this without you!
If you would like to find out more about how you can get involved with Photo Stories, email courtenay@60milesbyroadorrail.co.uk

Record Your Story

We will be interviewing residents about their personal experiences of Northampton and Corby becoming New Towns. This may include their personal experiences migrating to the towns, experiencing the towns change due to the New Town designation, or working closely with the local authorities to oversee the changes.
These will recorded and archived in the East Midlands Oral History Archive and on our website.

Record Someone Else’s Story

Are you interested in being part of the team that records and archives these oral histories? We will be recruiting four Interviewers (x4), an Evaluator and an Administrator (all paid roles).

You will receive training from the Oral History Society. More information about this will be available in April.  If you would like to find out more now, please email andy@60milesbyroadorrail.co.uk

Documentary Film

We are incredibly excited to be making a 30 minute Documentary Film. In addition to capturing and celebrating the project as a whole, the film will combine archive content with new footage of our town today. It will feature interviews with local people capturing their Northampton and Corby New Town stories and people’s thoughts about the future trajectory of Northants.

We are thrilled to be working with Eight Engines, who specialise in combining unforgettable stories with breathtaking cinematography. Their background is in producing award winning TV and films with previous projects winning three Royal Television Society Awards, a BAFTA nomination, Broadcast Awards as well as multiple awards at festivals around the world.

Throughout the project we will be shaping what the documentary is going to include as we learn more about YOUR STORIES and our HOMETOWNs And of course, we are looking for people to feature in our film – please get in touch to express your interest in being involved.

 Please contact courtenay@60milesbyroadorail.co.uk 

Write Your Story

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If you have an image you would like to appear beside your text, please send it to Andy at andy@60milesbyroadorrail.co.uk

Shared stories

Then and now

My parents moved to Hunsbury in the eighties when it was still a building site, and I’ve grown up in the town. I remember trips to the Oven Door bakery […]

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Returning home

I have recently returned home from years of studying (years and years) and how much has changed! The town centre feels like a shell of what it once was but […]

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Acidic Lime Signs

The main thing I can remember about the Northampton Development Corporation was their bright green logo everywhere, like acidic lime colour. They had huge billboards all over the eastern side […]

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