Harlow is 70

Harlow is 70 logoHelp us celebrate Harlow’s 70th birthday

Harlow was officially designated a new town on on 25 March 1947 and this year there will be a series of events to mark the town's 70th birthday. This year is also Harlow Town Park’s 60th anniversary, so events in the town park will celebrate both of these occasions.

In its 70-year history Harlow has seen some important firsts:

  • In 1951, The Lawn, was the first residential housing block of its kind in the UK
  • In 1966 fibre optic communications, which paved the way for modern technology like broadband internet, were invented here
  • In 2010 Harlow became the first Sculpture Town in the world

More information on Harlow history

Get involved in the celebrations

We will be supporting local organisations and co-ordinating events or projects for Harlow is 70. If you would like to contribute, run a project or host an event and if you would like to use the Harlow is 70 logo (please do not use the website version) please contact Becci Court, Project Development Co-ordinator, by email: becci.court@harlow.gov.uk or call: 01279 446455.

The Harlow is 70 logo was a joint collaboration between Harlow College graphic design student Bradley Newson, graphic design tutor Mustafa Sidiki and local design agencies Blue Pig and Hot Mash Creative. The logo will be displayed on various buildings around the town and appear on promotional materials.

Heritage project: Why people moved to Harlow

'Why I came here' project is a partnership between Harlow Museum and YourHarlow.Com backed by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The project is recording the many stories of the events and experiences that brought people to live in Harlow, through video, audio or written word. If you would like to be part of the project, then please email: Jon O’Connor: info@science-alive.co.uk or Michael Casey: newsdesk@yourharlow.com.

Large-scale artwork, on walls in Harlow

Polish street artist YOLA (Jola Kudela) creates beautiful murals, claiming public space to celebrate the diversity of communities around the world. Her work recreates old masters, with locally based people taking the place of those in the paintings. The Harlow Playhouse back wall and St Paul's Church are now covered in large murals. The project also celebrates Harlow’s 70th Birthday, with the final artwork revealed at Essex Book Festival’s Meet the Neighbours day in Harlow Library on 18 March.

Artwork mural on St Pauls chuch building

Harlow Playhouse brochure competition

Design the next Harlow Playhouse brochure and win £70! As part of Harlow is 70 celebrations Harlow Playhouse is holding a competition to design the next brochure cover. Closing date: 8 April 2017. More information and design templates

Schools' competition - Celebrating the Town’s cultural history and the future

Harlow Council in partnership with The Harvey Centre and Harlow Art Trust are inviting local schools to participate in providing a piece of creative work to be included in an exhibition in the Gibberd Gallery. We would like to encourage children, young people and students to think about Harlow, its history and how they imagine the town’s future. We are encouraging submissions from schools, children and young people to submit a piece in the form of:

  • Writing - poetry, story, play
  • Art - Painting, drawing, collage, print, mixed media, sculpture
  • Performance - dance, play, song

submit something bold and exciting to celebrate the 70 years of an amazing town! Closing date for submissions: Friday, 30 June 2017. Pieces will be selected for display in the Hideaway Gallery (a designated space in the Gibberd Gallery that promotes the creative work of young local talent). The exhibition opens 14 July for work submitted with a vote for a selection of winning pieces to go into the town’s Time Capsule being organised by The Harvey Centre during July. For further information, please contact Becci Court

Harlow - The Great British Spring Clean

As part of the national campaign 'Great British Spring Clean' Harlow Council and volunteers took part in litters picks to clean up parts of Harlow as the town celebrates its 70th birthday.

Harlow is 70 events - highlights

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Harlow is 70 events - full list