This touring display, compiled by Vivacity Peterborough, is an opportunity to find out more about life in Peterborough during the First World War. It will be on show on the top floor of the Cathedral Visitor Centre (in the Learning Centre).
Vivacity is embarking on an exciting three year project due to a generous grant from Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to research two visitors’ books held in the Archive Collections. These unique documentary resources are from a tea stall which was run by the Women’s United Total Abstinence Council on Peterborough East Railway station during 1916 and 1917. The books were filled in by soldiers from across the country passing through the station on their way to and from the front, to training camps or home on leave.
The books have been digitised and are currently being transcribed and the story of each serviceman who wrote in the books will then be researched. The results will be released a century to the day after the soldiers wrote in the books via the website, social media, and by screens at selected sites in Peterborough city centre.
The research will then be brought together for a final exhibition to be held at Peterborough Museum in the spring of 2018. The project will have other elements including special events, a touring display and the development of associated materials and sessions for schools.