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Lens' 14 - 18 Centre d'Histoire Guerre et Paix

102, Rue Pasteur | Parking by Chemin de Lens to Souchez city, 62153 Ablain-Saint-Nazaire, France
+33 3 21 74 83 15
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Mainly for the French

Down the hill from a major French national cemetery commemorating more than half a million of the... read more

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IanAberdeen
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Disappointing

Visited following a recommendation in trip advisor . Sadly v disappointed. Mainly a series of... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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herts uk
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Standing at the foot of the hill of Notre-Dame-de-Lorette, Lens' 14-18 - Centre d'Histoire Guerre et Paix presents the Great War on the soil of the Nord-Pas-de-Calais. Designed by the architect Pierre-Louis Faloci, the contemporary building is structured around cubes of black concrete called "chapels". Employing innovative museographic techniques, this international interpretation centre exhibits an exceptional collection of iconographic documents (letters, archive photographs, contemporaneous films) and symbolic artefacts. Sourced from across the world, these documents reflect the viewpoint of all the protagonists of the conflict (French, German, British and others). Almost 400 photographs are on display in large format. Dynamic maps illustrate the various offensives and twenty or so archive films immerse the visitor in the First World War. The exhibition, created by the French historian Yves Le maner, sets out the key stages of the conflict in a chronological and thematic fashion: the war of movement and the trench system, the bloody offensives and the occupation of the Nord region, the 1918 offensives and death on the front, the ruins and the great reconstruction. A memorial space allows visitors to consult the records of 580,000 soldiers who are commemorated on the Ring of Remembrance, the International Memorial of Notre-Dame-de-Lorette inaugurated on 11 November 2014.
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102, Rue Pasteur | Parking by Chemin de Lens to Souchez city, 62153 Ablain-Saint-Nazaire, France
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"modern museum"
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"notre dame de lorette"
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"world war"
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"national memorial"
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"visiting the area"
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"museum tells the story"
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"battle sites"
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"well worth a visit"
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Reviewed yesterday

Down the hill from a major French national cemetery commemorating more than half a million of the country’s casualties in WW1, this free new museum reviews the progress of the war, mainly through photographs and computerised moving maps. There is a strong, but not overwhelming...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited following a recommendation in trip advisor . Sadly v disappointed. Mainly a series of photographs with inscriptions, and the odd static display and cabinet of artefacts . It did cover the period fairly well in terms of the history but as an experience it...More

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Reviewed 9 April 2018

A newish free museum spread over several rooms. Many artefacts from WWI and lots of photos and story boards detailing many of events from the area during WWI. There are some video’s playing on a loop as well. Well worth a visit.

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Reviewed 24 November 2017

Its free,which is important and what there is is very interesting, but having visited a number of private museums nearby it lacks alot of what they have provided such as exhibits from that era.

Thank colin g
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Reviewed 25 October 2017

Really excellent museum to give you an overview of WW1 and the Arras area. Not too heavy with physical exhibits, but it chronologically it gives you an insight how WW1 played out. Free museum and definitely worth visiting. Reccomendation, leave your car here and walk...More

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Reviewed 20 October 2017

I can only echo what everyone else has said. This modern museum gives an excellent insight into the Great War in this area and it is most interesting to see from the French perspective. The interactive maps are particularly clear and helpful and the many...More

1  Thank LesleyScarborough
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Reviewed 14 September 2017

This museum , in a town which was devastated during the war , is understated in the way it presents itself. It is a short distance from Vimy and the largest French war cemetery in the world ( Notre-Dame de Lorette It is housed in...More

Thank rkmahar
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Reviewed 15 July 2017 via mobile

Definitely worth coming here for an hour or two as a precursor to visiting the local cemeteries and battle sites. It tells the story of the First World War very well with boards in French and English and animated screens showing how the western front...More

Thank PuttingPenToPaper
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Reviewed 25 April 2017

This museum tells the story, mainly in photographic form, of the 1914-18 period as experienced in the Lens area. It concentrates to a great deal what happened during the occupation, it's effects on the civilian population and the complete destruction of towns such as Lens...More

Thank DesdinovaUK
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

A brilliant overview if the 1st World War on the Western Front and centred mostly on this part of the battle in terms of local communities and the impact on civillians. Explains how the German advance stalled; why it was easier to defend than attack...More

Thank Ricoh8
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