Share your story with us


Throughout 2020 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.

Record your story

Would you rather 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.

FEATURE IN OUR PHOTO STORIES

We are creating a photo gallery of people and places with New Town stories to tell. Share with us your photos and memories of both the past and the present. 

APPEAR IN OUR DOCUMENTARY FILM

We’re making a film! This will include interviews with people connected to the Northampton Development Corporation, Northampton natives and early Eastern District residents.   

Write Your Story

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

Whatever your story we’d love for you to share it on our website. Prose or poetry, autobiography or fiction – it’s all welcome here. You can remain anonymous if you want to.

Not sure where to start? Here are some possible starting points:

  • When did your relationship with your town begin?
  • What makes your town unlike anywhere else?
  • What personal memories does it hold?
  • What do you associate specifically with the town?
  • How has it changed in your lifetime?
  • What do you think the future holds for it?
Click HERE to Share Your Story and read other shared stories

Documentary Film

We are incredibly excited to be making a 30 minute Documentary Film. In addition to capturing and celebrating the 2020 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 New Town stories and people’s thoughts about the future trajectory of Northampton.

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.

If you are a small, medium or family run business who moved to Northampton or Corby during their New Town expansions, please contact courtenay@60milesbyroadorail.co.uk about creating an original short film with a focus on your business’ story.

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.

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 Interviewers (x4), an Evaluator and a Heritage Advisor (all paid roles).

You will receive three days of Oral History training and there will also be volunteering roles available. We will release more information about these in March. If you would like to find out more now, please email andy@60milesbyroadorrail.co.uk

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. You might have a cafe or club you’d like to profile – highlighting the brilliant communities we have in our towns. Or you might like to tell us about your memories from school, growing up in a brand new place. Whether your story is about the past or the future of our towns, we’d love you to get in touch.

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
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