New Towns, Our Town: Stevenage

Dir: Various

United Kingdom (UK)


50 min


In 1946, Stevenage was chosen as the site of the first new town in the UK. This newly collated archive film package uncovers rare footage of the town from early 1950s until the 1970s.

The exclusive footage includes excerpts from a leisurely visual tour of the town’s public spaces (and the citizens enjoying them) in 1959, to a news report from 1971 featuring the town’s impressive network of cycle-paths, walkways, roads and at least 50 – yes 50! – underpasses.

Image credit: Stevenage the First New Town, 1971 (East Anglian Film Archive)


This title is no longer available for booking from the ICO

Past screenings

17 January, U3A, Stevenage Community Arts Centre

25 January, Stevenage Museum

21 February, Stevenage and Knebworth Arts Group

1 March, Stevenage Borough Council

22 March, Trinity Church Hall



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