Forty Years On was an ambitious and exciting three year programme of theatre, oral history and archive work.
Led by Eastern Angles Theatre Company and the Peterborough Archives Service, it explored, archived and creatively interpreted forty years of Peterborough’s history from 1968 to 2008. (Picture right, Parkway Dreams, Mike Kwasniak)
With £160,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Forty Years On gave local people the chance to investigate the history of Peterborough’s development and see it celebrated in a touring documentary show, Parkway Dreams.
Meanwhile, £60,000 from Arts Council England’s ‘Grants for the arts’ scheme resulted in a major community play in Spring 2014 based on the research and stories of residents called ‘River Lane’.
Over 100 volunteers took part in the Forty Years On project.
They cataloged and conserved the archives of the Peterborough Development Corporation to enable public access to the material for the first time.
Alongside this, they collected over 150 oral histories from long term residents, those who relocated to Peterborough during the city’s rapid 40-year expansion, as well as Peterborough’s established immigrant groups and more recent arrivals from Eastern Europe.
At long last the cataloguing is complete. Over 55 volunteers have helped us to list, describe, conserve and number up around a quarter of a million documents.
You can now view the fruits of their labours on the Archives Online Catalogue.
To view any item from the collection either visit the Archives Service in the Central Library or ring staff on 01733 864160.
A new education resource for Key Stages 2 and 3 is now available for use by teachers, students and the general public.
Devised by educational specialists and the Forty Years On team it gives a great introduction to Peterborough at the time of expansion, with photographs, audio clips, quizzes, factoids and much more!
Visit www.storiesofpeterborough.com to start discovering what’s out there!