History launch

LAUNCH: Peterborough History Group launched an interactive photograph display on Friday. Pictured are Judy Evans and Mary Zimmerman.
LAUNCH: Peterborough History Group launched an interactive photograph display on Friday. Pictured are Judy Evans and Mary Zimmerman.

The rich history of Peterborough will be available for all to see thanks to an interactive display launched by the Peterborough History Group.

The new feature of the History Rooms, on Jervois Street, features thousands of photographs celebrating various aspects of the town's history - from social gatherings to health and football to the YMCA, and more.

It was mostly funded by Grants SA with the group covering the remainder of the cost. It is the second display with the first being launched at the YMCA in April and already proving popular.

At the project's launch at the History Rooms on Friday, the group held the event in conjunction with its annual Friends celebration and National Volunteer Week.

The group's president, Judy Evans, said the touch-screen display would be particularly good for locals.

"It will be good for the older people in town to reminisce," she said. "This will be more for the town than it will be for visitors."

The initiative has been a long time in the making and stretches back to when the group was formed in the early 2000s and photographs started come in after its formation.

Mrs Evans said they were looking for a use for the images, as they wouldn't be seen other than being used in exhibitions.

Now, a new interactive electronic display means the images will live on forever and ready for all to enjoy.

The group is hard at work categorising more photographs and adding to the collection. It can be viewed at the History Rooms on Tuesday to Friday.

There have been other incredible milestones recently for the volunteer group, including becoming a registered museum through the History Trust of SA.

They have now reached the half-way mark in sorting through its extensive docket collection part of the old Peterborough Times printing office.

New rollers for one of its machines were generously supported by the community with donations.