Forty Years On launches

It’s all about Peterborough right now. On Tuesday the Guardian published our artistic directors blog on @easternangles work in Peterborough – (you can read it here) and last Thursday the company launched its ambitious project designed to preserve Peterborough’s past using the city archives, oral histories and theatre.

Here is Ivan sharing just a few gems from the archive:-

The project has been developed in partnership with Vivacity – the independent trust charged with leading on Peterborough’s arts, libraries and archive provision. Here Vivacity chair Shelagh Smith talks about just why she is excited about the launch of Forty Years On!

The project is using local volunteers to catalogue and conserve the archives of the Peterborough Development Corporation. Participants will also collect over 150 oral histories from residents who moved to the city during the city’s rapid expansion as a new town. All this information will be used to develop a ‘docu play’ entitled The Peterborough Effect which will tour throughout Peterborough in Autumn 2012.

Then in 2013 the same source material will be used to create a large scale community play – a part of the project which has been generously supported by Arts Council England. The play is being researched and written by former Peterborough resident Tony Ramsay (@ramsaytony)– and here Tony talks about why @Easternangles asked him to write the play and the task ahead:-

For more information on how to take part in the community play and contribute your stories contact

The whole project has been made possible by an award of £160,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund. At the launch Anne Mason spoke eloquently congratulating the bid team on their success and talked about what made the project special:-

The Forty Years On project will end in Spring 2014 with a completed and fully accessible archive and website with resources aimed at Peterborough residents, social historians, school staff and pupils.

You can follow the progress of the project on or


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