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By Jake Shepherd (Jake.Shepherd.2016(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)

Telling the New Town Story: a study of Harlow’s 40th & 70th Commemorations”

My name is Jake Shepherd and I’m currently a geography undergraduate at Royal Holloway, University of London. Harlow is my hometown, and so whilst this project is personal I also want the process and the results to be engaged with by more than just a handful of people.

I want to draw local residents’ attention to the theme of my dissertation and a website ( which aims to complement my research by (Re)Tracing, (Re)Showing and (Re)Telling the process as it unfolds.

In a nutshell, my project takes the 40th & 70th-anniversary commemorations of Harlow and compares them in order to discover how the commemoration of the town’s past has changed, specifically the process in which the town’s history has been told and re-told.

On the website, you can read about the aims of my dissertation in more detail, but more importantly, I want residents to get involved in a range of ways. The website is by no means a substitute for my dissertation, instead, it is something separate which sets out to fulfil the additional aims I have envisaged for my dissertation.

You can also contribute in a separate way through one or more of the following ways:

  • Do you know or possess any archival material (documents, photos, leaflets, memorabilia) from Harlow’s 40th Anniversary Celebrations? Would I be able to view, borrow or take copies of any items?
  • Were you one of the key figures who organised or contributed to the 40th-anniversary celebrations? Please feel free to get in contact with me if you wish, it would be greatly appreciated.`
  • Would you like to participate in an interview at a later date (July – September), about your experience of the 40th Anniversary Celebrations, either as an organiser or as someone who took part in any of the events?

Thank you for taking the time to read about my dissertation project and remember to check out, and to spread the word about this worthwhile and genuinely interesting project!



by Rob Halfon

The Department for Transport and Jo Johnson, Transport Minister, are investing more in digital technology so that it becomes commonplace on the rail network.

Read about the plans in the Minister’s letter below.



John Glen, Economic Secretary to the HM Treasury, sent me this letter about the work the Government is doing to tackle illegal money lending. (more…)

Work will start next week on the regeneration of Prentice Place in Potter Street. (more…)

Here are a few agents that are offering good deals on theatre tickets for London Musicals and Plays.  Some are half price. (more…)

The Harvey Centre in Harlow is delighted to announce that Sticky Sisters, a new fast-casual dining experience, is coming to The Terrace this December. (more…)

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Did you know the council are planning to close London Road to cars? If you object please make your comments known on the Harlow Council website. Unfortunately I only found out about this today and the deadline for getting objections in is by end of today 11th May 2017 .  Here is the link then make a comment the little yellow box on the right hand top corner.


Two new projects developed by local sports ambassadors have been set up to help encourage women to participate regularly in sport and physical activity. (more…)

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