We have a lot to learn from life during World War II, from the experiences of the older generation and the need to live a more sustainable and resource efficient way of life. The Dig for Victory project received funding from Heritage Lottery Fund to help young people gain this better understanding and to create a lasting legacy of a wartime garden for Peterborough.
Dig for Victory was a partnership between CHANGE AGENTS, City College, Peterborough, Seeding Futures, Vivacity and Opportunity Peterborough. It brought together a number of community groups and individuals including Peterborough Senior Citizens Forum, Peterborough FM Community radio station and Royal British Legion.
Dig for Victory was designed to engage young people in the heritage and history of World War II Peterborough. A range of techniques were adopted; from classroom based activities and discussions, to undertaking oral history interviews and recreating a war time garden. The project engaged 48 young people, from a range of backgrounds and worked with numerous community organisations from across the city. Feedback from the young people was extremely positive and some have even gone onto undertake further training in heritage skills.
The Dig for Victory garden, on London Road is a permanent reminder of the hard work of the young people and the hardship and struggles of residents who lived during the war. In addition, the interviews undertaken with older residents of the city are stored within the City’s archives. The project is a great example of using heritage and environment to engage young people, the value of place based education and what can be achieved by working together, as partners and as friends.
Published September 2011.
Bringing history to life whilst simultaneously creating positive experiences for disengaged young people. I think the young people benefitted from having a positive experience and feeling like they'd achieved somethingNyree Ambarchian, Athene Communications