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Vivacity Heritage has come up with a great new way to appreciate the history behind Peterborough’s Longthorpe Tower.

From this Easter, you’ill be able to hear the stories and secrets of the Tower, from its construction in 1300 to its conservation today, by using their new audio guide.

The guide features different characters from over 600 years of history. Meet an irate quarryman who brought stone from Barnack to use around the windows and doors, and listen to Lady Margaret de Thorpe making party plans for the harvest festivities!

Discover how the Home Guard used the Tower as an observation post during World War Two, and how in the aftermath Hugh Horrell unearthed the sumptuous medieval wall paintings that had hidden under plaster for centuries.

The creation of the audio guides was managed by Abi Wilson, Heritage Development Officer at Vivacity, who was delighted to see this project through from foundation to fruition: “It has been a real privilege to work on this project, and I am so excited that everyone can now share in it. Longthorpe Tower is a fascinating building, full of surprises, and finding a way to bring its story to life has been an incredibly rewarding experience.”

This project has been achieved in partnership with English Heritage. You can download the audio guide for free onto your smartphone or MP3 player by visiting If you don’t have an audio device, there are a small number of MP3 players available for use at Longthorpe Tower.

For more information, call Longthorpe Tower on 01733 864 663, email or visit

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