Mapping our Work: Peterborough Labour Walking (and/or Cycling) Tour

Proj. #:4769
Description: A few years ago the Peterborough and District Labour Council (PDLC) organized a guided tour of Peterborough’s labour history led by local historian Elwood Jones and informed by veteran labour activist Dean Shewring. The purpose of this project is to build on that tour, expanding it by gathering stories (through interviews and documentary research) to be used in a new tour of Peterborough’s labour history. The new tour will be more than a one-off event, but will be a self-guided journey through Peterborough’s labour history through a map/pamphlet that can be used to visit sites of significant labour history in Peterborough. This research project will develop the background material to be used in the map/pamphlet and potentially speaking notes for guided versions of the tour. If the student(s) undertaking the research have the skills and interests, they can also be involved in the design and production of the final pamphlet and map. The project would involve interviews with labour activists who have direct knowledge of the labour history of Peterborough. This aspect of the project is particularly timely as many individuals actively involved in historically significant labour events, such as the Tilco strike, have long since retired. The PDLC currently represents 38 Locals in this region and we see this project as an important document for preserving the institutional memory of labour while highlighting the contributions of the labour movement to living and working conditions in the region.