Please explore the site to have a look at the slowly emerging work. At its heart are up to one hundred life histories of Peterborough residents, new and long-standing, men and women, young and old, from many different backgrounds and living in a wide range of places in the city and the rural areas around it. The quotes on the website are taken from these recordings – at the end of the work, a selection will be typed up and deposited in the archives at Peterborough Central Library.

Using life history techniques we are making a film with Peterborough people who have direct experience of the road or of institutional care. Also young residents from diverse ethnic and class backgrounds are coming together to perform a play in the Peterborough Festival in July 2012 based on a script made from the oral history recordings. The preparations for this will be filmed too. Clips from both of these parts of the work will become available via ‘film clips’ on this site.

Around fifteen of the people whose stories have been recorded are also involved in a photography project.

We will be doing more thinking, reflection and writing from this rich body of material and extracts from this will appear in the ‘themes’ section, addressing our major themes of places, time, work, belonging, migration and citizenship.