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New wing opens at the Memorial Museum Passchendaele

Date Posted: 19/07/2013

The brand new wing of the Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917 in Flanders is now open for school trips.

The new wing comprises an additional building which is to include a Gallery of Remembrance; while much of the exhibition space will be dedicated to the role of the allied forces from Commonwealth states during the Great War.

Also opening is a new trench experience, enabling visiting schools to explore six different types of trenches. 125-metres in length, this will include four German and two British sections.

The museum, which commemorates the five battles of Ypres and Battle of Passchendaele 1917, also runs Platoon Walks in the footsteps of an Australian platoon in 1917, following a bloody track to Tyne Cot Cemetery.

Based on real life, the guides lead school children aged 14 and over on a living history experience, complete with Tommy Tucker meals. School groups take on the character of an actual soldier, for a sobering experience of what life was like for the forces 90 years ago.

Great War Centenary events

Looking ahead to the 2014 centenary, next year the Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917 will host the Old Contemptibles exhibition, The Black Watch Memorial, ANZAC weekend, plus a Passchendaele Memorial Cricket Cup.

Additional features opening next year include three new walking circuits, designed to make the heritage and landscape of the Battle of Passchendaele accessible to those on a school trip.

For further school trip information visit:

School Travel Organiser's Guide