educational program 16-18 years
Do you come as a teacher with a class group? Then don't forget to book your visit. On presentation of your booking confirmation, you can come and prepare your visit free of charge, or make an appointment with the educational service to discuss your own ideas or proposals.
the Great War
During this workshop, some themes from the museum are explored in depth. Posters, photographs, objects and witnesses raise questions and point to answers. What is and how does propaganda work? How did the use of weapons evolve, and what role did scientists play in it? And do we stand up for peace today?
war and trauma
Images, witnesses and objects sketch the evolution of medical care in wartime. The improvisation and chaos of the early period contrasts sharply with the later industrial character of the war. Weapons are perfected to create even more misery. In addition to physical injuries, total warfare causes psychological suffering, drags civilians along, and aims at the complete destruction of the whole society.
With a silent system, an educational guide takes your group through the museum. The guided tour lasts one hour, but be sure to allow some time to explore the museum on your own afterwards.
city at war
From mid-October 1914 Ypres was continuously shelled. Hundreds of inhabitants and dozens of aid workers had to cope in difficult circumstances. At the beginning of May 1915 the civilian population was forced to leave the city and Ypres became a large military centre on the way to and from the front. A few soldiers and civilians wrote down their experiences and thus edited this town walk.
A trench war has everything to do with the landscape. Small or large differences in height make the difference between seeing or being seen. Cycling is the ideal way to experience this at first hand. From March to October, and if you foresee a minimum of three hours, an educational guide will be happy to work out a suitable route for you, with or without a picnic stop along the way.
€ 105 (€ 35 per extra hour)
from front to hospital
When it became clear that the war would make many victims, the organization of the medical service became better and more institutionalized. The wounded were taken from the front via intermediate aid stations to hospitals in the rear area. Cemeteries along these evacuation routes are their last silent witnesses.
42 km, among others:
- landschape site hill 60
- Lyssenthoek cemetery
a multicultural war
The war brought together populations from all parts of the world in the Westhoek. Even if they were on the same side, they were not always treated equally. Moreover, from their own culture they 'd brought their own (religious) customs. So local people often drew big eyes and sometimes living together was not easy.
18 km, among others:
- landscape site hill 60
- french cemetery
ghost in a bottle
Though forbidden by international agreements, the war also went on the chemical way. Ypres is the place where poison gas was used for the first time in history on 22 April 1915. In the front sector where this happened, we let soldiers speak. But also civilians can talk about this weapon that spares nothing or nobody.
29 km, among others:
- german cemetery
- british trench
great war, little peaces
At Christmas 1914, soldiers came out of their trenches to fraternize in no man's land. Friend and foe noted that they shared more similarities than differences. In the years following there were no more Xmas truces, but still a lot of smaller peaceful events.
29 km, among others:
- peace tower Messines
- Plugstreet wood
the end of a war
After the war comes the necessary processing of that war. The cemeteries and monuments in the Westhoek are an essential part of this process. On the one hand they relieved an immediate great need, but on the other hand they also reflect the way people wanted to remember the war. Are they peace or war monuments?
37 km, among others:
- german cemetery
- Tyne Cot cemetery
exploring the area
"I must go over the ground again," Edmund Blunden wrote in his memoirs. Today that is still an invitation to go out into the former war landscape. The worksheets below can help you on this exploration.
Worksheet for a visit to the Menin Gate.
a British cemetery
Worksheet for a visit to a British cemetery (no specific site is focused on).
Worksheet for a visit to the French military cemetery of Ypres (Zonnebeekseweg, 8900 Ypres).
Worksheet for a visit to the German military cemetery of Langemark (Klerkenstraat, 8920 Langemark-Poelkapelle).lle).