Postcard of Long Causeway, Peterborough, c. 1900

Social History

Our wide and varied social history collection offers a glimpse, and a better understanding, of everyday life for people at different times in history.

Collections cover everything from costumes from 1600 onwards, coins and medals, military equipment, Victorian household items, folk life, ceramics and glass, and photographs of the area as well as children’s toys, tobacco pipes , farming tools, Staffordshire pottery and English drinking vessels.

We continue to collect items relevant to Peterborough’s history or which complement existing collections.