A well laid out museum, which uses lots of different ways to tell the story of the war in Flanders.
I found it really insightful to see material about the impact on the Belgian civilian population and how many became refugees in other countries until the war was over. Looking at the old photos of them walking down roads, suddenly displaced, with their homes destroyed, I felt very sorry for them and it made me feel of those it is happening to today, in Syria and other places.
The stories of the soldiers and the brutality and carnage of this war was explained, using first hand stories, poems and personal possessions. For me the poems are the most moving, crying out in pain across the centuries.
The commentary in the museum provokes thought about 19th century empires and nationalistic attitudes and the way this led to WW1 and to the exploitation of many peoples from across the world, who didn't really have a connection or need to be fighting this war, but who came and died.
This is an important museum, telling a piece of history that we should not forget and that we should learn from. It will work I think for those who are just learning about this period and for those who already know a lot.
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