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What did the Preston Station Free Buffet do?

During World War One, wounded soldiers and sailors started coming back to Britain. They often passed through Preston Station on their way home. 

The soldiers’ journeys to and from war were often long and tiring. Some people in Lancashire thought that the soldiers and sailors travelling through might be hungry and thirsty. They decided to try to help. 

The Harris Museum & Art Gallery holds many objects that show how the people of Preston helped the returning soldiers and sailors. Can you work out the different ways in which the people of Preston helped the returning soldiers by looking at the photographs on the right?

If you would like more detailed information about the Preston Station Free Buffet’s origins, especially about its work in World War One, you can take a look at another Harris Museum resource on this topic.


Buffet - A meal where people serve themselves at different times or a serving counter on a train or at a station
Origins - How something started

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