The Passchendaele Museum reopend its doors from 1 February 2023
15/02/2023 - Zonnebeke - Source: MMP1917
After a two-month closure, visitors can experience the story of The First World War and the Battle of Passchendaele again at the Passchendaele Museum from 1 February 2023. Numerous activities are planned to make it a good year. There will be a new temporary exhibition and accompanying walk in the Zonnebeke castle grounds, various lectures, a book launch and the annual commemorations.
New exhibition in 2023

A new temporary exhibition and accompanying walk will open in April, telling the story of the approximately 200 soldiers who were exhumed in the Zonnebeke castle grounds after the First World War. The castle grounds were several times the epicentre of heavy fighting. Many were buried in the park. The museum also links this walk to a digi-expo with an interactive map.
The exhibition 'Here Dead We Lie' will run until 16 April. This exhibition, in collaboration with the University of Kent exhibits photographs by amateur photographer and battlefield guide Mark Allen. The exhibition combines the images with poetry and objects. In each case, the pieces link to a soldier lying in the respective cemetery.

Events in 2023

The museum will also commemorate the fallen during the Battle of Passchendaele and World War I with ceremonies in 2023.
  • On 25 April, ANZAC Day will be commemorated with a subdued reflection at Buttes New British Cemetery in Polygon Wood.
  • 28 September marks the Carabiniers-Grenadiers ceremony in Passchendaele.
  • On 10 November, the Passchendaele Ceremony with torchlight parade commemorates the Canadian capture of Passchendaele.
  • Armistice Day is commemorated in Zonnebeke with numerous ceremonies. 
Together with writer Attila Szalay-Berzeviczy, the museum is organising a book launch and panel discussion in the church of Passchendaele on 10 November. The book is a 3-part series, with the second part covering the Battle of Passchendaele.
The Knowledge Centre will also organise lectures in 2023.
Museum visits in 2023

As previously communicated, the museum is continuing to work on the new immersive space this year. Visitors will be able to follow the works live via a viewing wall during their visit.
Museum rat Maurice is ready to take children on a tour of the museum and tell the story of the Battle of Passchendaele.

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