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The Museum Guide is not a history book, as visiting a museum is not a history lesson. At the In Flanders Fields Museum, you will not see the whole history of the First World War but you see the war as shown trough the museum’s collection. The Museum Guide accompanies you during your visit or helps to prepare it. At the same time, it is a nice souvenir or something you can share with people who haven’t been here yet.
With their photographs, Robert and Maurice Antony documented the destruction and reconstruction of Ypres and the surrounding area: the clearing of the battlefields, the provisional cemeteries, the return of the inhabitants, the emergency housing, front tourism, the reconstruction of towns and villages, the many commemorations and the inaugurations of cemeteries and monuments. Although the photos of the Antony brothers were often intended to be sold as souvenirs or picture postcards, they testify to an exceptional artistic quality and are of inestimable documentary value. The book Ypres. War and Reconstruction. A photographic account by Maurice and Robert Antony shows their collection, introduced by Piet Chielens, Dominiek Dendooven and Jan Dewilde.
How were the wounded soldiers on the front during World War I taken care of? Who did? How were the victims evacuated? What happened to soldiers with shell shock? Were they cowards, male hysterics, or were they really traumatized?
War and Trauma was published on the occasion of the double exhibition in the In Flanders Fields Museum in Ypres and the Dr. Guislain Museum in Gent. It contains a wealth of exclusive visual material. International specialists from various fields involved in war and trauma have written short, accessible essays on this haunting material.
Traces of War is the first of its kind compendium of the findings of ten years of First World War archaeology in Belgium. Clearly written, it looks at many spectaculair finds resulting from excavations at more than 150 sites in the front-line region. These material remains from military camps, hospitals and trenches illustrate the realities of day-to-day life at the front, while also looking at the personal fates of several of the fallen soldiers and many horses.
Andrew Tatham's great-grandfather trained the officers of the 8th Battalion of the Berkshire Regiment. In september 195, before they left for the War, a group photo was taken. Tatham made an impressive study of that one photo. Of each of the 45 men in the group, he reconstructed the course of their individual lives, and went in search of their ancestors and their descendants, one hundred years before and after their birth. In the artistic project A Group Photo. Before, now & in between, he highlighted their passage through the great violent times that mark their and our present and past.
Andrew's Dream Museum was written for children all over the world, by authors who grew up in the former frontline area around Ypres. It is intented to help prepare young people for their first visit to the In Flanders Fields Museum in an exciting and engaging manner, and to allow them to remember what they witnessed during their visit.
Every year the In Flanders Fields Museum has one or two dossier exhibitions. These exhibitions highlight a specific aspect of the First World War, or an exceptional part of the collection. In the accompanying files, the subject is worked out by experts. Of the past dossier exhibitions, the following files are available .
N°1 - FROM TRADITION TO PROTECTION. German head wear in WW1
N°2 - FROM TRADITION TO PROTECTION. Belgian military headgear in WW1
N°3 - FAIR PLAY? Sport and the First World War
N°4 - FROM TRADITION TO PROTECTION. British military headgear in WW1
N°5 - FLOWERS OF REMEMBRANCE
N°6 - CANADA IN FLANDERS
N°7 - SEEING WITHOUT BEING SEEN. Lighting during WWI
N°8 - THE MENIN GATE LIONS. Ypres and Australia
N°9 - FROM TRADITION TO PROTECTION. French military headgear in WW1
N°10 - DRAGONS ON THE WESTERN FRONT. Chinese trench art
€ 5,00 | N°8: € 6,00 | N°7, 9 & 10: € 7,50
In 2011 Tindersticks were commissioned by the In Flanders Fields Museum to provide the soundcape for the new permanent exhibition. Because buildings always have their own nature, and spaces within the Cloth Hall seemed to resonate to the key of F, the music was worked out in a cluster with Eb, F and F#. Stuart Staples and Dan McKinna worked closely together to compose the work. The various components were mixed together in the individual spaces of the exhibition, so as to loop seamlessly all day, without a beginning, middle or end.
Peace is a recurring theme in the songs of the English a cappella trio Barry Coope, Jim Boyes and Lester Simpson. It was the power of their lyrics on the First World War that led Piet Chielens, coordinator of the In Flanders Fields Museum, to commission them in 1993 to compose and perform music for the Passchendaele Peace Concerts. Eventually they participated in five different productions, on former battlefields or contemporary places of commemoration. These experiences inspired them to make this double CD, which combines their own songs with the biting humour of the Tommies. In Flanders Fields is the culmination of an engagement of many years, and brings together newly written songs, existing and first recordings from the Passchendaele Peace Concerts, and music from the "War to End All Wars".
book & double CD: € 25,00
In Sensations of a Wound, songwriter and folk singer Jim Boyes searches, discovers and follows the long trail of Robert Riby Boyes, his grandfather, and one of the millions of soldiers who got involved in the Great War. Although granddad 'Croppie' didn't keep a diary and rarely if ever spoke about his war experiences, Jim tells his story through lyrics and music.