St Neots Stories

We’re launching a brand-new project and we need your help!

As the museum is due to be closed for some time because of the pandemic, we’ve been busy working out new ways in which to keep connected with you, our local community, as well as keeping the history of the town alive and accessible. With this in mind we’re launching St Neots Stories, giving YOU the opportunity to curate the town’s history, by sharing your personal memories, stories and photos of the town.

How it works:

We want to hear about anything, from school memories to sporting triumphs. Whether your family has lived in St Neots for generations, or whether you’re new to the town, we want to hear from you! Every memory and photo you send to us will be held in our collection and made accessible to the community via our website as an online resource; and we will also be featuring some of the photos and stories we receive on our social media pages using the hashtag #StNeotsStories.

By collecting these together, we hope to create a more vibrant and relevant digital record of the town, for both current and future generations.

How to submit:

To get involved, all you need to do is send your story to hello@stneotsmuseum.org.uk, including the following information:

  1. The memory or story you’d like to share (please include as much info as you can!)
  2. A photograph or image to support your memory or story
  3. Your name and some background on your connection with the town
  4. A photo of yourself today (if you are happy to do so)

By taking part in the project you are giving your consent for St Neots Museum to use your story and images across all mediums used by the museum, both now and in the future.

If you would like to lend or donate original copies of any images to the museum, we would be very happy to receive them. We can also scan and return images to you, if you prefer. Please contact the museum by email at hello@stneotsmuseum.org.uk if you are able to lend us your photographs for scanning.

Here’s an example of what your entry could look like

I’m Liz Davies, and I’m the Curator at St Neots Museum. I started work at St Neots museum in 2001, commuting three days a week from Peterborough where we had lived for several years. I organised the exhibitions, events and family activities at the museum and I really enjoyed getting to know the people and the town. I had to take a break from work between 2006 and 2011 to care for my elderly mother, but I returned to the museum in summer 2011. In 2012 I became the museum Curator, and in 2016 moved to Eynesbury where we still live.

 

The story I have to share is from my time at school. I remember taking part in St Neots Carnival with my class. Here I am on Mrs Terry’s Playgroup float in 1969. It was great fun making the old boot, getting dressed up and then riding through the town on the float!