We trust that your visit to Talbot House will be a unique experience. You are welcome to visit the grounds under your own steam. Here is an overview of what you can expect.
Most groups start their visit either in the permanent exhibition or (on request) by watching the Happy Hoppers Show before exploring the rest of the site.
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.
Extra info for school groups:
The large walled garden of Talbot House was a sanctuary for many soldiers. Recent renovations have given the garden its wartime appearance again. With lots of cosy corners and benches, your group is allowed to have their picnic here on request. Try and spot the unique Talbot House Roses and perhaps pick one up on your out for your own garden.
Throughout the year, several temporary exhibitions are organised at the former bath house.
And now on to the highlight of your visit, the Old House. Here you'll breath the atmosphere of the wartime years. We encourage group visitors to go around the House on their own steam. The sayings, maps, artefacts and paintings will tell you about the history. Your discovery tour will lead you to the Upper Room in the attic where you'll walk on some of the most sacred ground in Flanders Fields. In the chapel, where thousands would have had their first and many their last communion, you can reflect on your visit . The chapel is still in use so please let us know if you'd like to hold a service. On the tunes of the old piano, your group can have a singsong and enjoy a cup of tea (don't forget to request in advance!). Or perhaps you'd like some homebacked cake or lunch to as well?
Extra info for groups:
In the WW1 Concert Hall a video introduction about the past of Poperinge and Talbot House is show, followed by a performance by the Happy Hoppers Concert Party. This show takes you back to 1917 and would have been a highlight for the thousands of soldiers that came to see it in this very room. Do take into account the full movie lasts 22 minutes, hence some groups opt to only join in for a few minutes.
In the Oast House, you enter Tubby's dining room where a documentary on his later life and work is shown.
To help prepare yourself, we offer all group leaders a free prospection visit during which we are happy to answer any questions so to tailor your visit and battlefield tour.
We recommend you to first read up on the history of Talbot House. If you have questions or suggestions, don’t hesitate to contact us.
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