What is Delivered by Freemans?
Eastern Angles is uncovering the stories and memories from one of the largest workplaces in Peterborough - Freemans Catalogue Distribution Centre. Freemans was a British catalogue clothing retailer founded in 1904, which opened a warehouse in Westwood, Peterborough in 1969.
This was the period when glossy catalogue shopping meant access to the latest fashions on a pay-per-week basis. But more importantly the stories from the people who worked there reflect the camaraderie and community spirit of the place, especially focusing on the Returns Shop and the Social Club.
The Centre, which at its height employed almost 2,000 people, not only shaped the city of Peterborough but was also nationally significant in the cataloguing and distribution trade - it wasn't just a job, it was a way of life.
Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Delivered by Freemans will follow on from the Forty Years On project and feature a new community musical play - All Wrapped Up in Westwood, a nostalgic exhibition of photos, clothes and news, and a chance to celebrate this unique strand of city history.
- Act on Stage
All Wrapped Up In Westwood is looking for actors. This is the perfect opportunity to gain experience on the stage, feel part of a team, meet new people and increase your confidence. You will work with a professional theatre team rehearsing evenings and weekends over a 10-week period with performances from 26th October - 5th November.
Rehearsals will start on the 22nd August and run until 21st October. You will not be required for every rehearsal but you must be free from the 21st Oct – 5th Nov for technical rehearsals and performances. (Further details TBC).
This is an opportunity not to be missed. Play your role in preserving a significant part of Peterborough's history.
If you would like to be part of this fantastic show please email to book into a group audition on either the 5th or 6th August.
- Work Backstage
As well as community performers, we're on the lookout for people to work backstage and with stage management.
- Good with sewing & love making clothes?
Join the costume team to help bring the characters to life with their clothes from the 1960s to 2000s.
- Volunteer Front of House
Be part of our volunteer team who tear tickets, sell programmes and interval ice-creams and work behind the bar.
If you're interested in any of these strands, please email or call 01473 218202.