Talbot House - Battlefield Tours 

Explore the history of Talbot House outside the  club on the local cemeteries and battlefields. These tours follow the footsteps of Talbotousians and provide a different insight into Talbot House. Transport, other museum bookings and meals must be arranged by the group. All our enquiries will be passed on to local knowledgeable & certified guides who will take over the booking. 

 A Talbot House Pilgrimage 

Join us in the footsteps of Tubby and his first pilgrims who visited the graves of fellow Talbotousians. The tour can be tailored to the groups time (half or full day) and interest. Usual stops include the Pool of Peace, Sanctuary Wood Cemetery, Bellewaerde Ridge and  Little Talbot House. 

Life behind the Lines: coach tour 

We visit the sites of the former camps, medical facilities as well as the Chinese Labour Memorial. Together we explore the city centre of Poperinge or Petit Paris as the men called it. We pause at the Death Cell, a silent reminder of the condemned men. 

Life behind the Lines: walking tour 

Explore the town centre of Poperinge and see what entertainment was available to the soldiers. Listen to the anecdotes from the pubs, find out what happened to the local children, what happened to the local hospital or where the condemned men spent their last night.

Medical evacuation and surgical treatment

Starting at the frontline, we explore the various medical facilities along the evacuation route (RAP - ADS - WWCP - MDS)  all the to way the field hospitals in the Poperinge area. By using the stories of Talbotousians (doctors, nurses and patients) and our founding father Tubby, we get a unique insight into the medical treatment of the time as well as the care for the patients both physically as well as mentally. Sites include Transport Farm, The White Mill, Lijssenthoek, Death Cells, etc. A tour, including a visit to Talbot House, ideally last a full day but can be tailored to the students knowledge or the GCSE requirements.

30 odd feet below Belgium

A hundred years ago, Geoffrey Boothby and Edith Ainscow fell in love with each other. Having only spent four days together before the war separated them, their affaire was conducted through letters. This tour takes us to where Geoff wrote his letters, buried his friends, dug his tunnels underneath enemy positions and had his adventures behind lines. Through countless sweet letters, we also explore life back home in Brum. This tour offers a unique perspective on the war through the eyes of two youngsters. Their passionate love gives the tale a very human side, in the midst of a terrifying war. The letters amongst other private items are now on display in the Talbot House exhibition. This tour includes sites such as RE Cemetery, Voormezele No3 Cemetery, St Eloi Crater and of course Talbot House. Other highlight sites can be included. 

Spiritual Tour 

Explore various unique and special stories and memorials along the Ypres Salient. We admire the wood carved Pou Maumahara by the Maori woodcarvers from New Zealand, we visit the memorial to Father Doyle and several other emotional stops. Together we gather and reflect on the tour in the Upper Room at Talbot House.