image for Exhibition item typeThe Soldiers' and Sailors' Rest at Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery

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Exhibition, Sat 20 Jan - Sun 15 Apr 2018, free entry


Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery

Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery


Peterborough Museum

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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.

Disabled toiletsFacilities for educational visitsPublic toiletsAccepts groups

Event details

Dates Times
Sat 20 Jan - Sun 15 Apr 2018 10:00 to 17:00


Free entry

Except special event days


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Map reference: TL 189985  Lat: 52.57184 Long: -0.24677

By Road:
Take the A1 from Huntingdon or come off at A1/A605 jct, 2 minutes walk from the bus station.

By Public Transport:
From Peterborough station it is 5 minutes' walk to Peterborough Museum & Art Gallery, 2 minutes walk from bus station.


  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


  • YesDesignated parking for guests with disabilities
    • YesWithin 50 metres approx. of entrance
  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
    • Yesis solid
  • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesIs flat (i.e. without steps)

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area
    • YesTo a specially adapted public toilet suitable for wheelchair users
    • YesTo the gift shop
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesLift equipped with verbal floor announcements
  • YesLift equipped with raised floor numbers or braille numbers or letters
  • YesBaby changing facilities
  • YesVisitor information available in large print (14pt and over)
  • YesHearing loop installed in public areas


  • YesRamp to entrance
  • YesEntrance is well lit


  • YesHearing loop system
  • YesSeating available for visitors with limited mobility
  • YesClear signage
  • YesEffective lighting for visually impaired visitors
  • YesGood colour/tonal contrast for visually impaired visitors
  • YesRoutes/pathways suitable for wheelchair users or visitors with limited mobility
  • YesDisplays at suitable height for wheelchair users / children
  • YesAudible alarm system

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