This new exhibition at Peterborough Museum brings to life the stories of servicemen who signed two visitors' books from a tea stall run on Peterborough East Railway Station during 1916 and 1917.
After three years of research by the Peterborough Archives Service and a team of dedicated volunteers, the Peterborough in the Great War project comes to a close with this moving tribute to those who served in WWI.
The books at the centre of this exhibition contain comments, thoughts, drawings and poems written by servicemen while they waited for their trains to take them to the front lines - some of whom came from as far away as Australia and New Zealand. Brought to life through audiovisual technology and the voices of actors, this is the first time these stories will accessible by the general public.
The original books were maintained by the Women’s United Total Abstinence Council (WUTAC) who ran the tea room in an effort to keep servicemen away from the pub as they waited for their train. Having been digitised, the century old books remain intact and legible to this day within Vivacity’s Archives Service, housed at Peterborough Central Library.
Want to get more out of your visit? Flick through the books in advance online and see if any of your ancestors feature at PeterboroughWW1.co.uk