The 'In Flanders Fields' Museum at Ypres, Belgium

The 'War To End All Wars' Exhibition

Monday 10 June 2019

In Flanders Fields Museum, Ypres, Belgium

When an Armistice was signed on November 11, 1918, it was said to put an end to the war to end all wars. Nothing could have been further from the truth. While the war ended in Western Europe, it didn’t in the east of Europe. Age-old empires vanished, and new countries emerged on paper. Lines on maps would henceforth determine the new future of hundreds of millions of people. This exhibition in the Flanders Fields Museum, Ypres tells the story of what unfolded in history.

The enormous Tyne Cot Commonwealth Cemetery

Journey's End Theatre Production

Back in Flanders for the third year running, the acclaimed MESH Theatre production of RC Sheriff's "Journey's End" returns to Flanders again this year between the 5th and 11th November. It's a moving play, telling the story of British soldiers in their trench awaiting a German attack.

This Tony Award-winning play first ran in 1928 and starred Laurence Olivier. The production has already received wonderful reviews in the past and this year, moves to a new venue in Poperinge. The venue now houses a guesthouse but was formerly known as the Skindles Hotel and housed a WW1 officers club. A fitting venue for the performance.

The 'Last Post' plaque on the Menin Gate, Ypres

Belgium Remembers 

Whilst the First World War is synonymous with large scale suffering, destruction and loss of life, Belgium also suffered as a nation during the Second World War too. This year, marks the 75th anniverary of the liberation of of Europe. In fact it was on 6 June 1944 that the Allies landed in Normandy on what is known as D-Day.

During the following days, the British and American Forces liberated Belgium including Brussels, Antwerp and various places in Flanders. Now, 75 years on, the liberation is being officially recognised and the celebration of freedom is being marked in a series of events and anniversaries all over Europe. Flanders is no exception. A number of events will take place all over Flanders and Europe this year and on 7-8 September, the 75th anniversary of the Liberation of Antwerp (Flanders, Belgium) during the Second World War! On the occasion of the commemoration of the Liberation, the city is organising various events.

The Liberation Days is one of the highlights. The events start off with a unique 7km parade with 100 historic and contemporary military and civilian vehicles, accompanied by marching bands and actors. 15 historic planes will join in a fly-over over the Scheldt, where boats will sail in a historic flotilla. In the evening, a grand spectacle will take place here.The following day, the liberation parade follows on to the north of the city with a display of aircraft as well as frigates on the Schelde River promising a memorable weekend for all visitors.