Permanent Exhibition: A House of People

After decades of extensive research, we invite you into the Talbot House Archives. This new (2020) exhibition showcases some 500 artefacts. Using state-of-the-art technology on large tablet screens, visitors are able to dig deeper into a subject or object of their interest. The open exhibition space is set in the authentic old hop store, a beautiful listed building.

The exhibition aims to tell many new Tales of Talbot House, both from the days of the Great War as well as beyond. With objects and stories linked to the founding of the Toc H charity in the, Tubby’s Pilgrimages to the battlefields, the evacuation, occupation and liberation during WW2, etc. The final chapter is by Harry Patch, both the last veteran of the Great War and the final Talbotousians. 

Temporary Exhibition: Cheerio Darling

From 11 December 2021 till 17 April 2023

When the Great War starts, 21-year-old dentist student Geoffrey leaves university and joins the army. Through a good friend, he gets acquainted with Edith Ainscow. After just four short dates, it's obvious something is in the air.  The war calls him to Flanders and the only option to remain in touch is mail. Through beautifully formulated love letters, hilarious stories and passionate declarations of love, we hear about a warm and authentic story in a  world gone mad. The music mentioned by the couple, delivered by Patricia Hamond, is also incorporated. A photo presentation takes you on a journey through the landscape which still bares the traces of war, but also of Geoff...

Temporary Exhibition: Artistic Possibilities

Illustrated stories by Tim Godden       04/11/ 2022 - 01/04/2023 

In amongst the vast and complex history of the Great War sits the story of Talbot House. The Old House itself is filled with stories, some of which are will-known and others that are not. Each and every person who has passed through the doors and hallways has their own story; a single thread in the great tapestry. This exhibition is about one of those threads, about one of the many micro-histories contained within the walls of this special place.

In the winter of 1915 the men of a London territorial unit were, by chance, billeted in the building next-door to the blossoming young house. They immediately took the place to heart and set about making it a home from home. In those months a bond was created between the men of the Queen’s Westminster Rifles and Talbot house that was, in Tubby’s words, ‘never wholly lost.’

This exhibition will tell the story of that bond; how it was formed, of the individuals who first spotted the ‘artistic possibilities’ of the space, who helped to create so much of the special place we still enjoy today, and of how that bond remained intact throughout and beyond the dark days of war. In these paintings are just some of the stories of the Queen’s Westminster Rifles, but in them the stories of countless others whose connection with the old house grew in its own similar but unique way will be told, too.

I hope that in telling the stories of the men of the Queen’s Westminster Rifles the special relationship that meant so much to the old boys and all those associated with Talbot House will remain ‘never wholly broken’ for a long time yet.