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We have created this educational resource as part of the HLF funded Peterborough and the Great War project which brings to life two visitors’ books held in the archives from the tea stall run by the Women’s United Total Abstinence Council on Peterborough East Railway Station during 1916 and 1917.

Servicemen travelling through Peterborough on their way to and from the front wrote messages, poems or drew pictures to express their gratitude to the ladies serving them tea and cake. These slim volumes provide a unique insight into the servicemen who were passing through Peterborough during two years of the Great War. The men came from across the country and the books highlight the city’s importance as a railway hub during this period. The breadth of learning from archival documents is clearly evident in this resource, these two books are able to feed into an educational resource that has 7 separate themes; food, women, prisoners of war, countries, railways, relationships, and animals. Students can benefit from the wealth of information they contain, relating to personal, political and social aspects of life in wartime Britain, both on the home front and on the front line.

The resource is designed as either a standalone document for teachers to use for ideas in the classroom, or you can contact us to arrange a visit to the archives for a more hands on experience with our collections.

How to book: Email archives.services@vivacity-peterborough.com or call 01733 864159