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Residents are invited to share their favourite objects from Stevenage’s history, with the launch of Stevenage Museum’s ‘story of Stevenage in 100 objects’ project.

The museum will be open by appointment for residents to visit – with social distancing guidelines being adhered to at all times – to choose their object, with items ranging from a stuffed fox to Roman coins uncovered in Chells to a dead rat that would have been stuffed with explosives during the Second World War. They will then need to explain why they have they chosen their item and why it is important to Stevenage’s history.

Residents can also bring in their favourite items from home. A filmmaker will be on hand to record residents’ stories and film the objects; but for anyone who is shy, a voice recording can be done, or local students are available to read words if anyone would rather just put it in writing. The top 100 items chosen will published online through the summer and autumn.

Councillor Richard Henry, Executive Member for Children, Young People, Leisure and Culture, said: “Like museums up and down the country, Stevenage Museum has remained closed for many weeks, but behind its doors are thousands of objects, and each one tells part of the story of the town and the people who have lived and worked here for over 2,000 years.

“We are now inviting residents in, at a safe distance of course, to share their favourite objects – either from the collection, or they can bring in something they treasure from home, and explain why they’ve chosen the item and what part it has played in the story of Stevenage. This is your chance to be part of this unique project looking back at our town’s rich history.”

If you’ve got a favourite object or a story to share, the museum would love to hear from you. You can phone 01438 218 881 or email museum@stevenage.gov.uk to get in touch.

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