Gateways to the First World War
The In Flanders Fields Museum and the University of Kent (School of History) present a series of eight seminars on Thursday evening, free and open to all.
The four lectures in Ieper are scheduled at 7.15pm and take place in the reading room of the In Flanders Fields Museum, Sint-Maartensplein 3.
Thursday 25 January 2018, 7.15pm
Guardians of the Fallen
Experiences of IWGC staff in post First World War Belgium
Dr. Glyn Prysor and Andrew Featherston
(Commonwealth War Graves Commission)
After the end of the Great War, the task of burying the dead and building war cemeteries began. Ieper became home to many of the gardeners and staff of the IWGC (now the Commonwealth War Graves Commission). This talk explores their experiences, from the conditions in which they worked, to the way they saw their task. It highlights how their everyday lives changed over the years, and shows how these ‘guardians of the fallen’ give us a fascinating perspective on Ieper during the reconstruction.