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Temporary gallery

Talking Shop

11 February – 30 September

When Stevenage New Town Centre opened in 1959, it was the first pedestrian shopping centre of its kind in the UK. Since then, what’s set the centre apart are the people who’ve worked and shopped in the town, bringing it to life. Come and discover memories and stories from our town centre over the years.

Funded by Historic England

People, many with prams, outside the Woolworth and Co. in 1958.

Coming next . . .

Scenes from Contemporary Life: 50 years on

21 October - April 2024

Bill Mitchell’s work in the underpass to the Town Centre Gardens is 50 years old and now Grade II listed. To celebrate its first 50 years we are taking a closer look.

In the foyer:

Celebrating 75 years of Trefoil

2 September – 14 October

Stevenage North Trefoil was established in November 1948. They aim to support and help others by carrying the spirit of girl guiding into the community. Four key messages embody their ethos - friendship, get active, give support, and get involved; see how they have celebrated this over the last 75 years.

In Remembrance – Poppies

21 October – 25 November

Sharing some beautiful early commemorative poppies as well as recently donated ceramic poppies from the 2014 installation at the Tower of London.

A Museum advent calendar

1 - 30 December

24 special objects chosen by staff and volunteers.