1917, Total War in Flanders


'Battle of Messines' tour


  • In Flanders Fields Museum10.00 – 12.00:
    • In Flanders Fields Museum
      This museum is the gateway to the First World War in Flanders and tells the story of that terrible war in the front region. The temporary exhibition '1917, Total War in Flanders' gives the visitor, amongst other things, a general introduction to the Mine Battle of Messines and the Third Battle of Ieper. An important role in the exhibition is given to the works of the Australian war photographers Frank Hurley and Hubert Williams, as well as to the reworked contemporary images of Ian Alderman.
      Lakenhallen (Cloth Hall) – Grote Markt 34 – 8900 Ieper
  • 12.00 – 13.30: lunch
  • 14.00 – 14.30:
    • BC Het HeuvellandHeuvelland Visitors Centre
      In the Heuvelland Visitors Centre (currently under construction), the thematic exhibition 'Zero Hour 7-06-1917: the archaeology of a battle' illustrates the material heritage of the Mine Battle, with an important emphasis on excavated artefacts from the war years.
      Sint-Laurentiusplein 1 –8950 Heuvelland (Kemmel)
  • 14.30 – 15.00:
    • Pool of Peace, HeuvellandPool of Peace
      The Spanbroekmolen Crater, also known as the Pool of Peace, is the largest and most imposing mine crater in the Westhoek. It was created by the explosion of one of the 19 deep mines detonated at the opening of the Mine Battle in June 1917.
      Kruisstraat - 8953 Heuvelland (Wijtschate)
  • 15.30 – 17.00:
    • Tourist Information Point (TIP), MesenMesen Tourist Information Point
      The info-point in Mesen highlights the most important events in the history of the town during the Great War. Within the framework of the project '1917, Total War in Flanders', a temporary exhibition entitled '100 New Zealand Faces of Messines' focuses attention on the impact of the First World War in New Zealand through the telling of more than 100 individual stories. A walking circuit starts at the TIP and takes visitors to the town church, the Irish Peace Park and the New Zealand Memorial Park.
      Markt 1 – 8957 Mesen

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