New Jerusalems: Crawley New Town
In 2021, the Wellcome Trust granted funding for the ‘New Jerusalems: post-war New Town archives in Britain and Ireland‘ project. This collaborative project will make eleven archives from post-war new towns in England, Wales and Ireland accessible for research.
The new towns included are: Basildon, Bracknell, Crawley, Cwmbran, Newton Aycliffe, Peterlee, Redditch, Runcorn, Shannon, Stevenage and Warrington. The new town archives are held by nine partner organisations which were brought together through the Association of New Towns Archives and Museums.
Here at WSRO, we will be cataloguing the archive of the Crawley Development Corporation which includes minutes, correspondence, maps and plans, photographs, and planning records. This archive, along with those of the other new towns, will provide a substantial increase in the evidence base available for researchers seeking to interrogate the new towns’ legacy.
You can read more about the national project on the New Jerusalems website.