At Trent Valley Archives, we recognize the importance of helping people learn about their history. To this end, we host a variety of events throughout the year to help people access their past– and we do it in ways that are always informative and entertaining!

We run workshops on a variety of subjects, including history writing, interpreting land records, and caring for your archival documents. Our guided tours are also very popular — learn about Peterborough’s heritage on foot, by bus, or by bike. Other events bring history to life through re-enactment.

Planning a special event? Private tours are available for groups of 15 or more. Our guided pub crawls are popular for birthdays as well as workplace socials. A tour with Trent Valley Archives will show you a whole different side of Peterborough that you won’t soon forget! To view some of the events we’ve run previously (and will likely run again), please visit our past events page. Contact us today to plan your event.

Events List 2019

Downtown Ghost Walk – October 17, 18, 22, 23, 24, 25

Costumed guides recount spooky tales on this lantern lit tour around Peterborough’s most haunted buildings. A popular Halloween tradition since 2003.

Tickets October 17 – Sold Out Tickets October 18 – Sold Out Tickets – October 22 – Sold Out
Tickets – October 23 – Sold Out Tickets – October 24 Tickets – October 25 -Sold Out

Home Movie Day – October 19
Free Event

Join us in the Junior Common Room inside Scott House at Traill College from 1-4PM for our 3rd annual Home Movie Day, hosted in partnership with Traill College and the Cultural Studies department at Trent University! What is Home Movie Day? It’s a day dedicated to raising awareness about the historical significance of home movies and the need to preserve them for future generations. Founded by the Centre for Home Movies, Home Movie Day connects communities around the world to their heritage by encouraging community members to submit and talk about their films.

If you have a stack of film reels or VHS tapes in your basement, bring a film or two! This is a great opportunity for those who no longer have the technology to screen their films to see them again, or for those who have an entertaining film they want to share with others. Home Movie Day is only a success if the community rallies together to screen their films, so don’t be shy! (And don’t worry about your film being “too boring.” Every film is welcome!)

Even if you don’t have any films to bring, we encourage you to come out and see what others have brought in. It promises to be an entertaining screening! If that alone doesn’t tempt you, there will also be refreshments available, including popcorn.

Film submissions can be dropped off at our archives building at 567 Carnegie Avenue (we are open Tuesday-Saturday from 10AM-4PM) anytime before Thursday October 17 and picked up after the screening is over. You can also bring submissions with you to Home Movie Day, although we encourage you to drop them off in advance. If you’re unable to drop films off at our archives building, send us a message and we can make alternate arrangements. You will need to sign a damage waiver when you drop off your films in case something happens during projection, but we will be inspecting every film before we project it to ensure it is safe to do so.

Registration is encouraged, but not required.

** Reservations are required for all tours **
For more information on events, please contact Trent Valley Archives.