Program (in preparation)

WW1 & the Middle East

temporary exhibition in 2022

The First World War had a huge impact on European and global history. The Ottoman Empire was one of the four great empires that had been shattered by the end of 1918. The settlement of the war during the years 1918-1923 became decisive for the formation of the modern Middle East. Decisions made during the war and post-war treaties determined the fate of millions of people in the region, sometimes with lasting consequences that transcended several generations. Until today, perhaps until tomorrow. In 2022, the museum dedicates a temporary exhibition to the First World War and its consequences for the Middle East.

what we (still) are looking for

  • Do you have suggestions for certain sub-themes of this subject?
  • Do you know stories about Belgian involvement in the (war) events in the Middle East from 1914 to 1923?

project management

Pieter Trogh
0032 (0)57 239 450

Belgian refugees in WW1

temporary exhibition in 2024

The First World War never attracted as much attention as in 2014-2018, the years of the century commemoration. Commemorations and research were devoted to different aspects of the war and yet various themes were neglected in many ways. Refugees in the First World War certainly belong to the latter category. That is why IFFM will carry out new research in this area in the coming years. By 2024, the research results will be incorporated into a new temporary exhibition on Belgian refugees in the First World War, exactly twenty years after the museum first organised a high-profile exhibition on this theme.

what we (still) are looking for

  • Do you know refugee stories from during the war from your own family history?
  • Are the refugees of 1914-1918 of your municipality mapped (a list, a publication, research by a local circle,  ... )?

project management

Annick Vandenbilcke
Pieter Trogh
0032 (0)57 239 450