Through an elaborate, iron-grilled doorway I could hear the sound of laughter and music, and pushing through the door I found myself at once in a different World. It was amazing, I felt like Alice when she stepped through the looking-glass. There were soldiers all around me, of course, and Army slang in the air, but, in stepping across that threshold, I seemed to have left behind me all the depression and weariness of the street. There were walls with paper on them – clean paper, too! – carpeted stairs, pictures on the walls and vases with flowers in them. (N.N., 58th Division, September 1917)
The permanent exposition walks you through the history of Talbot House over the past century. Several themes like medical care, pastimes in the soldiers’ camps and the vibrant life in 'Little Paris' are told through over 500 artefacts. Besides the Tales of Talbot House during the war years, we also aim in bringing the story of the pilgrimages during the interbellum, the purchase of the Pool of Peace and Talbot House, the Second World War and German occupation of the House. We finish our story with Harry Patch, the last veteran and Talbotousians of the Great War.
The garden of Talbot House is one of the most attractive places on the domain. A lot of visitors like to spend some time here. "The largest room of the house", as Tubby called it, served as a resting place where soldiers could meet and get away from the mud, dirt, blood and tears that the war had caused.
And now, the highlight of your visit. The original soldier's club is left almost as it was a century ago. It is not run as a museum but as a club and guesthouse where people come and go and even stay the night. You'll be greeted by our resident wardens who are always up for a chat. By using Tubby's Tablets, you'll receive a first rate tailored tour. Don't miss out on the chapel in the Upper Room. And don't forget, the kettle is always on.
Come upstairs and enjoy a real live concert party from the previous century. The "Happy Hoppers" have put on quite a show. In the adjacent oast house, you enter the dining room of Rev. Tubby Clayton during his post war years to find out all about him later life.
As a closing chapter to your visit, you can now have a look in Tubby's post-War room. This room has been reconstructed using the authentic furniture and decoration and is the ideal place to watch our documentary about Tubby's life.
For individual visitors, Tubby's Story Tablets are the perfect aid. In the museum, an introductional video can also be seen. You can watch a teaser for this film here. Visitors that prefer a classic museum experience can make use of our publication 'Ten Tales of Talbot House' which can be purchased in the shop.
Upon entering the house, you will be offered a cup of tea in the canteen. This small stop is a perfect opportunity to have a chat with other visitors or residents and with the British wardens of the House. But why not join us for breakfast? An English breakfast is the ideal way to start your tour of the club. Or perhaps you prefer staying for lunch and enjoy one of our delicious picnics with local produce?
Besides the museum and the House itself, there are often temporary activities and exhibitions. Our calendar keeps you up-to-date on these.
We offer a special tablet tour for children and families. Follow private Arthur Pettifer in his search for Duchess, the cat of the club. Along the way you will learn all there is to know about Talbot House during the War. For our youngest visitors there will even be a small gift at the end of the tour.
Ahead of your visit, why not let the kid's explore the House using our 360° cat quiz?
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