Buildings in Need project hosts free events, lectures and workshops celebrating Peterborough’s heritage

Heritage Lotterty FundThe innovative Peterborough Buildings in Need project will kick start on 11th October with the first in a series of free Lunchtime Lectures.

Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the project has been created to promote understanding and the protection of Peterborough’s built environment and will focus on buildings in the city centre.  Highlighting what makes Peterborough’s history unique and its buildings worth valuing, the project will also aim to create a framework for establishing which assets are most ‘in need’ and what maintenance is required to prevent them from becoming ‘at risk.’

As part of Buildings in Need there will be a series of free lectures on the city’s built environment, starting with Brian Jones’ presentation on Victorian Peterborough, which will provide an entertaining overview of progress and change in our city during this seminal era.

Over the next nine months, dedicated volunteers, third sector workers and members of the community will be able to learn more about challenges faced in the historic environment and what puts it ‘in need.’

Training through workshops and daytime and evening courses will equip participants with the understanding, knowledge and awareness needed to carry out short surveys of buildings and maintain the city’s heritage assets.

Commenting on the project, Heritage Regeneration Officer at Opportunity Peterborough, Alice Kershaw said: “Buildings in Need aims to provide free entertaining events for people to understand and grow their interest in the built environment of Peterborough. It will be a great opportunity for people with an interest in local heritage assets to get involved with protecting the city’s historic landscape.’

Lectures will be held on the dates and times below at St John’s Church in Peterborough city centre. To book your free place, please visit

  • Tuesday 11th October: Victorian Peterborough by Brian Jones, 1-2pm
  • Tuesday 18th October: Heritage and Regeneration by Steve Bowyer, 1-2pm
  • Thursday 20th October: Evening Lecture Revitalising City Centres by Steve Bowyer, 6-7pm

  • Tuesday 25th October: What Makes Peterborough City Centre a ‘Conservation Area’? By Jo Burton, 1-2pm

For more information, please visit or contact Alice Kershaw on 01733 317480,