New Towns, Our Town 15

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This collection of archive films about the New Town movement celebrates the unique social history and heritage of these pioneering towns.

This eclectic feature-length collection of archive films sheds light on one of the most significant stories of British social history: the New Towns movement. Featuring unique footage from ten different New Towns including many in our area – Harlow, Stevenage, Basildon, Hemel Hempstead – this is the perfect way to explore the impact the movement has had on our everyday lives.
(2019 UK 77 mins)

Read more about the films in this collection here and a blog post reflecting on the role of these towns as part of British heritage here.

Paternalistic social engineering or make-Britain-great-again utopianism? A new archive film compilation takes a look at the UK’s controversial postwar towns … Most of the films in New Towns, Our Towns were made under the auspices of public information, but in retrospect are propaganda – often aimed at Londoners … We don’t have to come down on one side or the other. There is no final verdict on the success of new towns. They are still works in progress, and about 2.7 million people still live in them. From a town-planning point of view, Britain was doing the most exciting thing in the world.  Steve Rose, The Guardian

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