educational program 10-12 years
Are you planning to visit the In Flanders Fields Museum with a school group? Your booking confirmation entitles you to one free visit to the museum to prepare your trip. Make an appointment with the learning team to discuss your own ideas or suggestions, or contact them to receive the correction keys for the worksheets.
browse & read
Authors who grew up on the former Front Line around Ypres wrote Andrew's Dream Museum for children from all over the world. It is a fascinating way for them to prepare for, or relive, a visit to the In Flanders Fields Museum.
introduction to Andrew
This educational package based on Andrew's Dream Museum helps you prepare your visit to the In Flanders Fields Museum. You will find explanations about the book, the educational program, and a guide to the museum.
A member of the learning team takes your pupils through the museum using a silent guide system (mic & earphones). This keeps your group visit uninterrupted by others, creating the feeling of an exclusive tour. The guided tour takes one hour, but be sure to leave some time afterwards to explore the museum on your own.
A narration in 18 chapters leads your group to specific objects and significant places in the exhibition. The script was written by the Belgian writer Gerda Dendooven. The audio fragments are bite-sized and take no longer than two minutes.
€ 2 /pp.
inside - with Andrew
at work with Andrew
With a small note & scrapbook based on Andrew's Dream Museum, your pupils can work independently in the museum, while Andrew guides them through the exhibition. For those who read and discussed the book in class, and create curiosity for those who haven't.
You can have the booklets printed for your pupils at the entrance.
Andrew's Dream Museum
Andrew is enchanted when he visits the museum with his dad (who works there). The next day he runs around the house all day, from the shed to the cellar. In the evening, he opens his own Dream Museum with what he collected.
During this hands-on workshop, recognisable objects from Andrew's museum are juxtaposed with objects and stories from the First World War.
Andrew's guided visit
After the hands-on workshop, your pupils are guided through the museum by a member of the learning team. Along the way, you will discover Andrew's favourite objects and stories.
€ 90 (< 25p.)
€ 145 (< 40p. / 2 guides)
the Salient Illustrated
The British cartoonist Dave Chisholm produced a large landscape illustration of the Ypres Salient northern battlefield. A hundred iconic soldiers -all doing their bit- vividly show their situation 'in the field'. In the midst of the scenery is the authentic and preserved site of Yorkshire Trench & Dugout.
During the afternoon tour, the imaginatory interpretation is led back to reality by means of historical photographs, witness accounts, and archaeologic discoveries.
10.00 am: guided museum visit
11.00 am: individual continuation of the visit
11.30 am: lunch
12.30 pm: visit to Essex Farm Cemetery
1.00 pm: workshop at Klein Zwaanhof
2.00 pm: guided walk
- 2 km in the northern Salient
- tablet display of photos & illustration details
- visit to Colne Valley Cemetery
- visit to Caesar's Nose
- visit to Yorkshire Trench & Dugout
4.00 pm: end
€ 160 (< 25 ppl. with 1 guide)
€ 320 (26 < 50 ppl. with 2 guides)
museum visit & lunch not included
Jeanne Mesdom was 11 years old when the war came to Ypres. The places where she and her family hid before leaving the city, are still there. During this city walk, the group follows in the footsteps of Jeanne and her family. Along the way, she tells how her mother fell ill and her sister was injured.
the empty chair
After the outbreak of war, many families’ tables looked very different overnight: the chair where a father, son or brother had once sat was suddenly empty. Those left at home counted the days until their loved one might fill that empty chair once again. Children who sought to describe the absence of their father or brother, tell their stories along the way.
30 km, with stops at:
- Vlamertinghe New Military Cemetery
- Yorkshire Trench & Dug-out
- Soldatenfriedhof Langemark
- Menin Gate Memorial
a multicultural war
The war brought people from all over the world to Flanders. Even if they were allies in the conflict, they were not always treated equally. They also brought their own cultural and religious customs. As a result, the locals often distrusted them, living together was not evident, and racism was common.
18 km, with stops at:
- Bedford House Cemetery
- Hill 60 & Caterpillar
- Nécropole St. Charles de Potyze
- Menin Gate Memorial
exploring the area
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).