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60 Miles by Road or Rail pop-up – THURSDAY 16th – Heritage Open Days 2021

16 September 2021 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Join 60 Miles by Road or Rail in a celebration of Northampton and Corby’s New Town heritage. Explore written and recorded memories from residents past and present and enjoy interacting with our pop-up multimedia exhibition. Suitable for all ages.

Did you know that in 1968 Northampton was designated a third-wave New Town? During the next two decades, it underwent a significant period of rapid expansion and migration that changed the town forever. The 60 Miles by Road or Rail project is exploring and recording the hidden histories, stories and experiences of this time and asking what it means to live in Northampton today.

Join a team of local artists and explore this pop-up heritage exhibition in the Grosvenor Centre. A large floor map of Northampton will fill part of the space, where visitors can add their memories of moving to and living in Northampton. Children can enjoy building small house structures to pop on the map, marking their homes or other places that are important to them.

A large timeline will display some of the rich written stories submitted to the 60 Miles by Road or Rail website, written by local residents, and marking clear moments in the New Town story. The timeline is also extended into the future, so children and adults can answer the question of what they wish for Northampton’s future – Rented hoverboards? Free public transport? Ice cream day? You decide!

There will be a listening and recording zone, where people can sit and hear some of our oral history interviews of residents who lived, moved to or worked in Northampton or Corby during their transitions, plus you will be invited to record a story or memory to share, either individually or as a family.

No booking required


16 September 2021
10:00 am - 4:00 pm


Grosvenor Shopping Northampton
Grosvenor Centre, Union Street, Northampton, Northamptonshire, NN1 2EW + Google Map