From Recovery to Remembrance: The Commonwealth War Graves Commission after the First World War

Exhibition
Ieper

After the First World War there was much debate about how and where to commemorate the dead. The newly-formed Imperial War Graves Commission (IWGC) was at the centre of public anger about bodies not being repatriated home, everyone being treated equally with a uniform style of headstone, and creating memorials for the missing once the search for bodies stopped.

“From Recovery to Remembrance” explores the complexities and controversies of key decisions the IWGC made as it undertook the mammoth task of commemorating 1.1 million casualties, 194.000 from Belgium. With competing creative visions and the pressure to rebuild quickly after the war, we reveal the behind-the-scenes story of how the Commission began to shape the landscapes of remembrance we know today. Alongside a wealth of archive images and never-before-seen documents are displayed artefacts recovered from the former battlefields, giving a powerful insight into the strenuous efforts to bury the dead with dignity.

Next to the exhibition we organise talks on the Menin Gate Memorial and a walking tour of Ieper. For more information and to book, please see www.cwgc.org.

Keep an eye on the website for updates on dates and times.

Theme: 
World War

Contact information

Address: 
CWGC Informatiecentrum
Menenstraat 33
8900 Ieper
Phone/Fax:
+32 57 35 27 91

Opening Information

When:
  • 30/05/2020 at 13:00 untill 31/03/2021 at 21:00
    Add to Calendar 30/05/2020 13:00 31/03/2021 21:00 Europe/Brussels From Recovery to Remembrance: The Commonwealth War Graves Commission after the First World War

    After the First World War there was much debate about how and where to commemorate the dead. The newly-formed Imperial War Graves Commission (IWGC) was at the centre of public anger about bodies not being repatriated home, everyone being treated equally with a uniform style of headstone, and creating memorials for the missing once the search for bodies stopped.

    Menenstraat 33, 8900 Ieper DD/MM/YYYY
Opening Period:
01/04/2020 to 15/11/2020 (Openingstijden 1)
  • tuesday from 13:00 to 21:00
  • wednesday from 13:00 to 21:00
  • thursday from 13:00 to 21:00
  • sunday from 13:00 to 21:00
01/04/2020 to 15/11/2020 (Openingstijden 2)
  • friday from 10:00 to 21:00
  • saturday from 10:00 to 21:00

Price information

Price:
Free

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