New Towns, Our Town: Harlow

Dir: Various

United Kingdom (UK)


67 min


This archive film package gives a rare glimpse into the first decades of one of the UK’s first new towns, Harlow.

Extracts start all the way from 1949 with a pictorial document of the picturesque ‘Old Harlow’ village with its quiet country lanes and greenery before the urban development took place. The package also includes gems such as interviews from 1956 with recently-settled residents of Harlow, as well as a BBC documentary from the 1980s examining the town’s history.

Image credit: Harlow Urban District, 1962 (Postal Museum/East Anglian Film Archive)

This title is no longer available for booking from the ICO

Past screenings

11 February, Leah Manning Centre

20 February, U3A History Group

23 February, Gibberd Gallery

27 February, Discover Harlow event

3 March, St Johns ARC

6 March & 21 March, Park Inn Hotel

25 March, Harlow Royal Naval Association, Royal British Legion Club

26 March, Learning Centre

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