- Reconstruction of Flanders Fields
Information Centre CWGC
30 May 2020 until 31 March 2021
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.
“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.
This link provides the digital version of the exposition.
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.
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