I went along with my hands on history class to the Archives at Peterborough Central Library for a prearranged appointment to trace the history of women who shaped Peterborough.
The assistant Archivist allowed us to look at some original paper work of and exhibition work on WUTAC -Womens United Total Abistance Council. Also original document copies associated with Fletton Infant Welfare Association. Then we were shown documents relating to Emily Pankhurst which then led to us being shown how to use the microfish machine to look at film of copies of old Peterborough Advertiser and Peterborough Standard – local papers – to find advertisements of Ms Pankhurst coming to the Corn Exchange in Peterborough and write ups following this meeting in both local papers dated 1911.
On certain machine we were able to photocopy these items for use in our exhibition for International Womens Day on 8th March 2011 to be displayed for the renaming of the conference room in Peterborough Womens Centre to The Mary Rainey Room – she was former founder of the Peterborough Womens Centre – who passed away in 2010.