The History of Peterborough Lecture Series

A fascinating insight to Peterborough's history

At Peterborough Museum

Beginning 1st May, 7:30pm

Archived Event

Whole Series: Adults £50, conc £40; Individual lectures: Adults £6, conc £4

This fascinating series of 10 lectures will chart the history of the city from its origins (‘before people’) to the modern day. Bringing together experts in each topic, this lecture series will give an overview of how Peterborough became the city it is today.

Take a trip through Peterborough as it used to be, and along the way discover more about prehistory, the Romans, and life in the medieval, Georgian and Victorian city!

Bringing together experts in each topic, join us for the whole story or just to learn more about your favourite period!

Lectures are held on a Wednesday evening, at 7:30pm.

Whole Series: Adults £50, conc £40
Indiv Lectures: Adults £6, conc £5

All lectures can be booked through Peterborough Museum on 01733 864663 or Booking is strongly recommended for lectures.


1 May Peterborough Before People – discover the very foundations on which Peterborough is built, and who was around before humans came along Jonathan Larwood
8 May Prehistoric Peterborough – the earliest people in this area have left us some of the most fascinating archaeology Mark Knight
15 May Roman Peterborough – Peterborough was at a pivotal place in Roman Britain, and the town of Durobrivae is still yielding secrets about this period Stephen Upex
22 May* Medieval Peterborough – discover a time at the height of Peterborough Abbey’s power, when the abbots created a ‘new town’ which can still be seen in the street plan today Stuart Orme
29 May* Dark Age Peterborough – explore the impact of the foundation of Peterborough Abbey. Plus how Viking raids on the city left their mark Avril Lumley Prior
5 June Tudor and Stuart Peterborough – one of the most turbulent times in our city’s history, with the closing of the Abbey and the Civil War. Plus hear Peterborough’s connections to royalty Don Chiswell
12 June Georgian Peterborough – learn some of the fascinating stories from this neglected part of Peterborough’s history. Not quite the backwater we might expect, this period had a big impact on Peterborough Richard Hunt
19 June Victorian Peterborough – this period changed Peterborough from a market town to the modern city of today. Explore the legacy of the railways, and how industry changed the city. Plus what sort of treatment you could expect at the Infirmary, today the Museum Brian Jones
26 June Peterborough at War – discover more about Peterborough during the two world wars, including the industries that came here and the area’s units and servicemen David Gray
3 July Peterborough in the 20th Century – a period of real change in the city’s history, this offers a whistle-stop tour through the last century, including the coming of the Peterborough Development Corporation Stephen Perry

*please note, these dates are correct; the chronological anomaly is due to speaker availability.

Photo by John Moore.

The History of Peterborough Lecture Series Performances

Wed 1 May 7:30pm Various For Sale
Wed 8 May 7:30pm Various For Sale
Wed 15 May 7:30pm Various For Sale
Wed 22 May 7:30pm Various For Sale
Wed 29 May 7:30pm Various For Sale
Wed 5 Jun 7:30pm Various For Sale
Wed 12 Jun 7:30pm Various For Sale
Wed 19 Jun 7:30pm Various For Sale
Wed 26 Jun 7:30pm Various For Sale
Wed 3 Jul 7:30pm Various For Sale

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