City College Peterborough is gearing up for yet another commemorative event in its 70th anniversary year – the launch of its very own history book!
As the home of adult education in Peterborough, the college is celebrating its milestone with a book charting its history from the opening in 1944 to the present day.
An army of dedicated researchers, volunteers, students and members of the public have spent the best part of eight months putting the book together, under the guidance of college tutor and local author Tim Wilson.
The book – the brainchild of college principal Pat Carrington – receives its official unveiling on Monday August 4.
The launch will take place at the Brook Street college at 11am, and will be an hour-long open house occasion where past and present students or anyone connected with the college is invited to come along.
A donation from the sale of each book will be given to the college’s chosen charity – the Royal British Legion. Around 600 copies are due to be printed initially and will soon be on sale from college, priced £5.
The research for the book included searching through city and the college’s own archives, conducting face to face interviews with past and present students, members of staff and principals and delving into Peterborough’s photographic past.
Tim, who has tutored at the college for the past 15 years, explained: “We have had a lot of input from members of the public who have their own stories about the college, and the whole project has been a real team effort.
“As a writer, I am used to working on my own, but it was a treat to have such a dedicated team of volunteers involved in the research of what we hope will be an attractive and interesting book – not only delving into the College’s history but looking at the many changes Peterborough has seen over the past 70 years.
“There are so many different elements to the book and even just looking at how the courses have changed over the years is fascinating; from war time courses on cooking with powdered eggs right up to our current courses on Indian cuisine!”
The launch of the book is the latest in a series of celebratory events, which have included a special birthday party for 70 of the city’s 70 year olds in May and the forthcoming 1940’s day and buffet and dance evening on September 6.
Tickets for this event at Peterborough Town Hall are on sale now from the college 01733 761361.