Movers and Shapers the Harlow Makers

What’s on display?

The Movers and Shapers gallery celebrates the people who worked to improve the town, its residents, and the wider community. Many of these individuals dedicated a significant proportion of their working lives to ensure the growth of the town. We hope that by telling the stories, past and present, we will inspire those living in Harlow.

A drawing from the 'Mover and Shapers' collection in the Harlow Museum
Illustration of Lady Gibberd by Laura Bracey Curry

The Harlow Makers

The collection features a timeline of influential people who have lived and worked in Harlow since the 18th Century to the present day. Ranging from scientists, politicians, artists, athletes, inventors, and architects.

Our current Movers and Shapers include:

  • Sir Charles Kao – Inventor of fibre optics.
  • Dame Leah Manning – Labour MP, succeeded Winston Churchill.
  • Anna Wafula Strike MBE – Paralympian.
  • Sir Fredrick Gibberd – Harlow Town Master Planner.

Nominations welcome

Do you know any Harlowites who you think we should feature in our Movers and Shapers the Harlow Makers gallery? We love to hear from our visitors, so feel free to share your suggestions with a member of the team or email us at [email protected].