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Places carry meanings for people. These often change over time. When we tell our stories we may remember feeling part of a place, feeling alienated from it or something of both. In this project we bring together pictures, words, film and theatre drawn from Peterborough residents’ stories. Peterborough people’s life stories connect them to a wide array of … Continued

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Each day this lady used to go by… she missed her son because he was in England, he was in Peterborough. And she used to say [to me] ‘Oh, you’re so nice, I do like you…’ So this letter arrived [from her son]. He was saying that he wanted us to get married by proxy, … Continued

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Peterborough itself is both urban and rural – but it is not a single place. For people who have made the city, literally built it or made money through investment in it; who have slept out on its streets, lived in its Travellers’ sites, rented for a time in a crowded house, found solace or … Continued

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Time plays a big part in this – some residents have only just arrived, some are just sojourning, others have been in Peterborough a few years, and still others trace roots there back over a life time, even for generations. You feel differently about any particular place at different stages of life. And people move around … Continued

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And this man, he said, and bearing in mind this was only the second job I’d …had… in about twenty years, and he looked at the record and he said, ‘you’ve been moving about quite a lot, haven’t you?’ The places we relate to at any particular point in life may be places we remember … Continued

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Peterborough is a place of places, of old neighbourhoods, cycle paths, underpasses, parkways, new towns; of grand history and the heritage of a nine-hundred year old Anglican Cathedral; of Sunni and Shia mosques; of shopping centres catering to particular clienteles; works canteens and social clubs; small independent cafes and clubs evoking memories and tastes of … Continued

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Because we all have feelings about places and connections to places other than the one we ourselves currently reside in, it is our hope that the project can bring diverse experiences, stories and meanings of places into conversation… to work against the tendency to erect boundaries around ‘our’ worlds… and thus to bring people closer together in Peterborough. And in … Continued

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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 … Continued

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Well when I came here first I was just indoors, working, working, I need money to send to my family. And sometimes I went to the library, reading a book and tried to write some story… If [the agency] need people they call you and you have to go to work. But direct for a … Continued

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It was doing stuff which I enjoyed, and that was creating like a storyline and making other people explore the issues which they faced through creative arts….So we got together and we created a film in the space of three days, and this film was not the best. It didn’t have the best acting, the … Continued