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Her Side of the War

Madame Tack and Mietje Boeuf in Diksmuide

9/04/2016 - 8/01/2017

Madame TackThe Museum on the IJzer tells the story of four strong women, who each made an impact in different ways on the life of Belgian soldiers at the front during the Great War: Madame Tack, Mietje Boeuf, Elsie Knocker and Mairi Chisholm.

When the war started, the 78-year-old Madame Tack lived with her dog, parrot and donkey in the Villa Marietta, close to the River IJzer. Her house was soon in the front line but she refused to leave. Instead, she began providing soup and coffee to the soldiers serving in the trenches. She was often to be seen with her donkey very close to the firing line and quickly became known as the 'Soldiers' Mother'.

Another lady, Mieke Deboeuf, known as 'La Joconde' (Cheerful Woman), did much the same. She lived in Oudekapelle, close to the IJzer. Mietje BoeufLike Villa Marietta, her house was soon in the front line, but she insisted on staying, providing French and Belgian soldiers with all kinds of domestic services, including cooking, washing and sewing.

This exhibition is not wheelchair accessible.

Museum on the IJzer
IJzerdijk 49
8600 Diksmuide
T. +32 (0)51 50 02 86

Opening hours
1 April to 30 September, 09.00-18.00
(last visit 17.30).

1 October to 31 March, 09.00-17.00
(last visit 16.30).

Weekends: open from 10.00.
Closed on 24, 25, 26 and 31 December, 1 and 2 January and for 3 weeks after the end of the Christmas holiday period.
Entrance fees
Admittance to the temporary exhibition is included in the ticket price for the Museum on the IJzer.

INDIVIDUAL                               GROUPS (min. 20 persons)
Adults: €8.00                              Adults: €6.00
18-25 years: €5.00                     18-25 years: €4.00
7-17 years: €2.50                       7-17 years: €2.50
Guide: €30/hour                         Guide: €30/hour