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Exhibition

Industry in the War

From December 1st 2014 to December 31st 2018

LA MADELEINE, France

Travelling exhibition featuring photographs of our Region's industry during the First World War

From the 1st december 2014 to the 31 december 2018

Free

+33 (0)3 20 40 84 50


Address : 21 avenue Germaine, 59110 La Madeleine
LA MADELEINE



Exhibition

Indian Military Hospital Gallery

From May 1st 2014 to December 31st 2018

Brighton, Angleterre

The Royal Pavilion served as a hospital for Indian Soldiers during the First World War. See this poignant and often unknown story told through archive photographs, letters and film in a dedicated gallery. In 2014 there will be a new programme of talks, tours and interpretation to help visitors find out more about this fascinating episode in the history of the Royal Pavilion and the personal stories of the Indian troops that were treated there.

Open daily 9:30-17:00

11

0044 (0)30 00 29 09 02


Address : The Royal Pavilion, Royal Pavilion Gardens, BN1 1EE
Brighton



Exhibition

When La Chartreuse was Belgian

From April 11th 2015 to November 1st 2018

Neuville-sous-Montreuil, France

La Chartreuse de Neuville association is keen to introduce the general public to a relatively unknown fact of its history by celebrating the centenary of the largest Belgian hospital from the war.

The exhibition allows visitors to discover this period in history through many photographs and documents including intimate journals, postcards, testimonies, and press clippings.

During July and August, a conference visit will take place each Saturday at 3.30pm. Closed on Monday.

Free visit of the exhibition: €3, concessions: €2. Visit of La Chartreuse + exhibition: €9. Free for under 8 year olds. Educational visit for pupils: €4 /pupil

0033 (0)3 21 06 56 97


Address : La Chartreuse de Neuville, 1, allée de la Chartreuse, 621701 NEUVILLE-SOUS-MONTREUIL
Neuville-sous-Montreuil



Exhibition

Vimy 1917

From April 8th 2017 to November 12th 2017

Souchez, France

Canadians and the underground war

Organised by the Pas-de-Calais County Council in partnership with the French National Institute for Preventive Archaeological Research (Inrap), the Greater Lens-Liévin District and the Lens - Liévin Tourist and Heritage Information Center.

This exhibition sheds light on a little-known aspect of the Great War : the underground war fought by Canadian soldiers, hidden in the bowels of the earth to shield themselves from the deadly force of the artillery.

Coming from a new country, and fighting–and for many, dying–thousands of kilometres from their homes, they, more than all the other soldiers, left their mark in France in the form of graffiti and sculptures etched on to the chalk walls of underground cavities in Artois and Picardy, where they stayed prior to going over the top or during rest periods behind the front.

After a synopsis of the stages of Canada’s involvement in the fighting and the losses it sustained, a description is provided of the troops’ living conditions between assaults, as well as their cantonment sites, hospitals, training camps in the villages along the " Chaussée Brunehaut " and the relationships formed with the civilian population.

The traces ( inscriptions and graffiti ) left behind by Canadian soldiers are then presented, by means of topography of the preserved remains, the techniques used and their content ( names, badges, images of women, religious and patriotic symbols, caricatures, masonic themes and so on ).

Two major Canadian sites are evoked specifically, in particular through the realisation of shot campaigns and 3D modelling : the undergrounds of Maison-Blanche in Neuville-Saint-Vaast (the neighboring villages of Souchez and Vimy, Pas-de-Calais) and those of Bouzincourt ( Somme ).

Conversely, the productions of other warring nationalities are also brought to light : American ( Froidmont quarry in Braye-en-Laonnois ), Australian ( Naours caves ), New Zealander ( Wellington quarry in Arras ), and of course, French and German ( Chemin des Dames quarries ).

The traces thus revealed are an occasion to follow in the footsteps of a large number of soldiers, from their homes in Canada, to the place of their death, on the French front, thanks to additional research carried out in the archives, as well as with their families.

The exhibition therefore highlights unknown and fragile testimonies, exposed to natural erosion and to vandalism, but also irreplaceable as they often constitute the only trace of the passage of ordinary men, who came to die in a foreign land during the First World War.

Open from Tuesday to Sunday - From 10am to 6pm. Exceptional opening the Mondays 10th and 17th April.

Free admission

+33 (0)3 21 74 83 15


Address : 102, rue Pasteur
Souchez



Exhibition

Witnesses. Our battlefields through Canadian eyes

From March 18th 2017 to June 11th 2017

Arras, France

The Arras Museum of Fine Arts presents: “Witnesses. Our battlefields through Canadian eyes”, a travelling exhibition from the Canadian War Museum, created as part of the commemorations of the 100th anniversary of the Great War. The exhibition shows the first-hand experiences of Canadian soldiers in WWI through sketches drawn in the trenches and large paintings depicting famous battles by artists and anonymous soldiers whose works are exhibited in Europe for the first time.

A travelling exhibition prepared by the Canadian War Museum, in partnership with the Arras Museum of Fine Arts.

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 11 am to 6 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 6:30 pm

Free

0033 (0)3 21 71 26 43


Address : Musée des Beaux-Arts, 22 rue Paul-Doumer, 62000 ARRAS
Arras



Exhibition

Trench reconstruction

From March 18th 2017 to June 11th 2017

Arras, France

As part of the hosting by the Fine Arts Museum of the exhibition “Witnesses. Our battlefields through Canadian eyes”, the museum’s main courtyard will house a recreation of a trench. The reconstruction will be produced by students from the Lycée Jacques Le Caron.

Positioned in the centre of the courtyard, the trench will allow visitors to enter into an immersive experience and will prepare them for their visit of the Canadian exhibition.

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 11 am to 6 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 6:30 pm

Free

0033 (0)3 21 71 26 43


Address : Musée des Beaux-Arts, 22 rue Paul-Doumer, 62000 ARRAS
Arras



Exhibition

Commemorative installations: The Great War at Bullecourt

From April 1st 2017 to September 17th 2017

Bullecourt, France

Photographic reproductions recalling the presence of Australian soldiers at Bullecourt will be put up around the village (rue de Douai, rue d'Arras and rue des Écoles). They will depict scenes from the lives not only of soldiers but also civilians, as well as the war’s impact on the landscape.

Every day

Free

0033 (0)3 21 55 33 20


Address : BULLECOURT
Bullecourt



Guided Tour

Discovering traces of the Great War: guided tour of the Étaples Military Cemetery

From March 1st 2017 to November 30th 2017

Étaples, France

During World War I, Étaples was the largest British camp on the continent. Due to its strategic position, it was at the heart of a crucial logistical area for the British forces, who used it for training soldiers and treating them upon their return from the front. More than 100,000 men passed through the camp. Following the first deaths, it became necessary to build a cemetery. The first funeral took place on 13 May 1915. The cemetery was later extended, ultimately reaching six hectares. It is the largest Commonwealth cemetery in France.

Étaples cemetery has 10,729 graves of soldiers of the British Empire, overlooking the Canche, as well as 658 graves of German soldiers. All the forces of the British Empire involved in the conflict can be found here: English, Scottish, Canadian, South African, Australian, New Zealand, Indian, etc.

The visit to the British cemetery lasts around 1 hour and 30 minutes. The guide welcomes visitors at the Tourist Office. After sharing background information on the creation of the camp in Étaples, the guide takes visitors to the cemetery (2km, vehicle necessary). Visitors then discover the architecture of the memorial, the design of Commonwealth cemeteries, the graves and annotations engraved on the headstones, the composition of the British Army, etc.

Departure of visits at 2:30 pm : 11th March, 3th, 8 th and 22th Juni, 8th, 20th and 29 th Juli, 10th, 19th and 31 August, 7th, 16th and 21th September, 4th November

Adults : 3,70 € / Concessions : 2,70 €

0033 (0)3 21 09 56 94


Address : Office de tourisme, boulevard Bigot-Descelers, 62630 ÉTAPLES
Étaples



Exhibition

The world at our door

From March 1st 2017 to June 30th 2017

Montreuil, France

In April 1916, the general headquarters (Grand Quartier général) of the British Empire gradually moved into Montreuillois. All nations came together here and took part in the greatest war effort ever seen. The exhibition “The world at our door” is designed to highlight the role played by the soldiers behind the front in Pas-de-Calais during the Great War.

Adults : 5 € / Concessions : 3 € / Free for under 12 year olds

0033 (0)3 21 06 10 83


Address : Citadelle, rue Carnot, 62170 MONTREUIL
Montreuil



Exhibition

When the charterhouse was Belgian

From April 4th 2017 to November 5th 2017

Neuville-sous-Montreuil, France

The foundation Chartreuse de Neuville has set up an exhibition, open from 2015 to 2018, displaying almost 300 photos of the monastery at the time of the Great War. During World War I, the charterhouse welcomed a large number of refugees from Ypres in Belgium. It became the largest Belgian civilian hospital and took in close to 5,000 people. The various activities offered on site allow visitors to learn about the daily lives of this atypical village inhabited by refugees.

From 11 am to 1 pm and from 2 pm to 6 pm

Prices: between 2 and 10 € for the exhibition and the visit of the site

0033 (0)3 21 06 56 97


Address : La Chartreuse de Neuville, 1 allée de la Chartreuse, 62170 NEUVILLE-SOUS-MONTREUIL
Neuville-sous-Montreuil



Exhibition

A war without clichés

From May 6th 2017 to May 30th 2017

Bully-les-Mines, France

As part of WWI commemorations, the Pas-de-Calais Department has organised an exhibition entitled: A war without clichés: unusual photographs of the Great War in Pas-de-Calais.

Far from displaying typical photographs of the war, this exhibition offers unexpected life moments, captured by both amateur and professional photographers, of the men and women who saw their lives turned upside down during the four-year conflict. The 32 photographs selected reveal powerful themes linked to the history of the department and its territories: the Artois front, Commonwealth soldiers, the occupation, behind the front, civilians, women, destruction, military hospitals, death, etc.

For the most part, the photographs come from public local resources (the departmental archives of Pas-de-Calais), but also from private collections thanks to a memory-collecting appeal organised on the initiative of the Ministry of Culture and through regional partnerships. In some cases, the photographs come from national collections (Contemporary Library of International Documentation, Imperial War Museum, Bundesarchiv).

Every day

Free

0033 (0)3 21 44 92 92


Address : Mairie, 62 Rue François Brasme, 62160 BULLY-LES-MINES
Bully-les-Mines


may 2017


Exhibition

A look at the Battle of Arras

From March 18th 2017 to May 16th 2017

Arras, France

Presented as a city trail, this photographic exhibition showing faces of soldiers who took part in the Battle of Arras offers visitors the opportunity to look into the eyes of these men from all over the world and be inspired by their life stories.

The exhibition is located around the city centre.

Every day

Free

0033 (0)3 21 51 26 95


Address : ARRAS
Arras



Concert

Tribute to Maurice Maréchal: The War Cello

May 21st 2017

Arras, France

A freewheeling music production and show by La Filature arts theatre

The Orchestra of the French Republican Guard will work together with the cellist Fabrice Bihan as part of a tribute to the musicians of the Great War and to the cellist Maurice Maréchal (1892-1964). Two world creations: a composition for military orchestra and solo cellist Roger Boutry, winner of the Grand Prix de Rome, in dialogue with music by Canadian composer Denis Gougeon. Works composed during the Great War by Claude Debussy and Jacques Ibert. The war cello nicknamed “Le Poilu” (as a reference to the soldiers in the trenches, called les poilus, lit. hairy ones), built from wooden ammunition crates by Maurice Maréchal, will be recreated by students from Arras for the concert, with the help of a violin maker.

Sunday 21th May 2017 at 4 pm

Adults : 30 € / Group (15 people) : 25 € / Concessions : 20 € / Under 8 year olds : 5 €

0033 (0)3 21 51 26 95


Address : Citadelle, cour de l'Arsenal, 62000 ARRAS
Arras



Symposium, Conference

The Hindenburg Line

May 20th 2017

Bullecourt, France

In March 1917, the German troops from the front at the Somme withdrew to a rampart that was meant to be a new 160km-long border: the Hindenburg Line, which crossed, among other places, the village of Bullecourt. How was this defence system developed and maintained? What were the methods used to fight against the enemy’s advance as effectively as possible? Bernard Delsert’s explications will shed light on how defence was organised on this line, built away from prying enemy eyes, from the autumn of 1916.

Lecture followed by discussion with the historian, on the artillery pieces and objects displayed in the museum.

Saturday 20th May 2017, from 6 pm to 8 pm

Free

0033 (0)3 21 55 33 20


Address : Musée Jean et Denise Letaille, 1 bis rue d'Arras, 62128 BULLECOURT
Bullecourt



Exhibition

Beyond battles: the life of Canadian soldiers behind the front at Artois, 1916-1918

From March 25th 2017 to May 28th 2017

Rebreuve-Ranchicourt, France

In Pas-de-Calais, Canadians are best known for their victorious attack on Vimy Ridge in April 1917, during the Battle of Arras. However, the 100,000 men from the Canadian Army Corps fought in many other battles in the region and for more than two years lived amongst the inhabitants of several villages behind the front at Artois.

The exhibition highlights the human side of the conflict. The lives of Canadian soldiers and their coexistence with the local population for two years during the war are shown through photographs from public resources (British, Canadian, and French archives), testimonials and objects from private collections, loaned following an appeal.

The exhibition takes place in Rebreuve-Ranchicourt Castle, which was the headquarters of the Canadian Army Corps during preparations for the Battle of Vimy Ridge. “What was life like for Canadian soldiers when they were not engaged in battle? Which places did they frequent? Where were the headquarters set up? Which villages welcomed these soldiers who had crossed the Atlantic? What relationships were built with the local population?” are some of the questions that the exhibition seeks to answer.

Exhibition prepared by the Tourist Office of the Béthune-Bruay region, in partnership with the Canadian Department of National Defence (DND) and supported by the Canadian Embassy.

Monday to Saturday 2 pm to 6:30 pm and Sunday 10 am to midday and 2 pm to 6 pm

Free

0033 (0)3 21 52 50 00


Address : Château de Rebreuve-Ranchicourt, 1 rue du Château, 62150 REBREUVE-RANCHICOURT
Rebreuve-Ranchicourt



Sporting event

Hiking and biking: “Canadian headquarters and cantonments in castles”

May 6th 2017

Rebreuve-Ranchicourt, France

Visit the exhibition: “Beyond battles: the lives of Canadian soldiers behind the front at Artois, 1916-1918” at Ranchicourt Castle. Afterwards, grab a picnic and head to Olhain Castle, a former Canadian cantonment. After lunch, make your way to Camblain-l’Abbé and finish the day with afternoon tea at Acq Castle. A return trip by bike is 25km, or you can complete the outward 12.5km journey by bike and return by bus. Children must be over the age of 12. Wearing a helmet is mandatory and visitors must provide their own bike and lunch.

10 am - 6 pm

Adults : 8 € / Concessions : 5 € / Free for under 12 year olds

0033 (0)3 21 52 50 00


Address : Château de Rebreuve-Ranchicourt, 1 rue du Château, 62150 REBREUVE-RANCHICOURT
Rebreuve-Ranchicourt



Show

May 21st 2017

Rebreuve-Ranchicourt, France

0033 (0)3 21 52 50 00




Exhibition

Open-air exhibition: Aviation during the Great War

From March 25th 2017 to May 28th 2017

Bruay-la-Buissière, France

Exhibition prepared by the Val de l’Aisne municipalities association. Focus on “The Stadium-Park: an airfield during the Great War”, prepared by the Tourist Office of the Béthune-Bruay region and the town of Bruay-La-Buissière.

World War I erupted only a few years after the birth of aviation. Its progress was dazzling and planes soon came to be used as war weapons.

“Aviation during the Great War” covers topics as varied as technological and industrial advances, aerial observation technologies, and iconic planes and pilots from the First World War. Airfields, such as the one at the Stadium-Park of Bruay-La-Buissière, play an important role behind the front during preparations for the Battle of Vimy Ridge.

Discover how this unique place served as an airfield to various Commonwealth countries, including Canada.

From 8 am to 8 pm in April and from 8 am to 9 pm in May

Free

0033 (0)3 21 52 50 00


Address : Stade-Parc, rue Augustin-Caron, 62700 BRUAY-LA-BUISSIERE
Bruay-la-Buissière



Symposium, Conference

Fighting in the air, the role of aviation during the Great War

May 11th 2017

Bruay-la-Buissière, France

Talk by Laurent Seillier, history and geography teacher working for the WWII museum La Coupole.

The Great War saw the arrival of a new weapon, the aeroplane, and a new category of fighters, pilots. Confined to a few observation stations at the beginning of the conflict, aviation quickly came to play an essential role for military leaders in the conduct of the war. It became vital for controlling artillery fire and could also be used as an offensive weapon for air strikes and raids thanks to technological, scientific, and industrial advances.

6:30 pm

2

0033 (0)3 21 52 50 00


Address : Cinéma Les Étoiles, 1 rue du Périgord, 62700 BRUAY-LA-BUISSIERE
Bruay-la-Buissière



Event

Activities: “The old airfield comes back to life at the Stadium-Park”

May 14th 2017

Bruay-la-Buissière, France

Throughout the day, relive the little-known history of the airfield, located at the site of the Stadium-Park, thanks to enthusiastic staff providing demonstrations and activities: model aircraft making, observation kites, family workshop “Make your own model plane”, family workshop “Create your own observation kite”.

Many free activities on site throughout the entire day. Food available at the Bookcafé, located across from the Stadium-Park.

From 10 am to 7 pm

Free

0033 (0)3 21 52 50 00


Address : Stade-Parc, rue Augustin-Caron, 62700 BRUAY-LA-BUISSIERE
Bruay-la-Buissière



Sporting event

In the footsteps of the grenadiers

May 7th 2017

Fesnicourt-le-Dolmen, France

With the help of Mr Eddy Facon

The “Chemin des grenadiers” (the grenadiers’ path) was used by soldiers to reach the front. The hike will give you the opportunity to learn more about the lives of soldiers behind the front. You will discover scenic landscapes and views onto the former battlefield, but also traces of the Great War.

From 9 am to midday

Adults : 6 € / Concessions : 5 € / Free for under 12 year olds

0033 (0)3 21 52 50 00


Address : Verdrel, 62150 FRESNICOURT-LE-DOLMEN
Fesnicourt-le-Dolmen



Guided Tour

British troops from the other side of the world during the Great War in the Montreuillois

May 27th 2017

Étaples, France

Organised by the Joint Syndicate of Montreuillois

From the beginning of World War I, the United Kingdom called upon countries belonging to the British Empire and its colonies to support the war effort. The involvement of colonial troops from Africa, Asia and the East contributed to the diversity of origins on European battlefields.

2:30 pm

Free

0033 (0)3 21 09 56 94


Address : Office de tourisme, boulevard Bigot-Descelers, 62630 ÉTAPLES
Étaples


  • Go to the official website of the European Union
  • Go to the website of the INTERREG program
  • Go to the website of the County Council of Pas-de-Calais
  • Go to the website of the County Council of Nord
  • Go to the website of the County Council of Somme
  • Go to the website of the County Council of Aisne
  • Go to the website of the Tourist Office Nord
  • Go to the website of the Tourist Office of Pas-de-Calais
  • Go to the website of the Tourist Office of Somme
  • Go to the website of the Tourist Office of Aisne
  • Go to the website of the Province of West Flanders
  • Go to the website of the Province of Antwerp
  • Go to website of the Westtoer
  • Go to the website of the Caverne du Dragon, the Chemin des Dames museum
  • Go to the website of the Historial de la Grande Guerre, museum of the Great War 14-18
  • Go to the official website of the town of Etaples-sur-Mer
  • Go to the official website of the town of Montreuil-sur-Mer
  • Go to the official website of the County Counicl of Cambridgeshire
  • Go to the website of Brighton, Royal Pavillion, Museums and Libraries
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