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In Flanders Field Museum


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I was Bruce Bairnsfather the last time I was there.

I found my ticket in the bottom of my daysack the other day, along with a cutlery sleeve from the cafe down the road from the Dodengang/Trench of Death.

Cheers,

Nigel

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I was Bruce Bairnsfather the last time I was there.

I found my ticket in the bottom of my daysack the other day, along with a cutlery sleeve from the cafe down the road from the Dodengang/Trench of Death.

Cheers,

Nigel

TUT TUT we only been back since March :lol:

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And the worst thing is that I use this bag every day for work!

Who were you Bruce?

cant remember think i was some french guy if i rember he diddnt last long story of my life :lol:

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I can't believe you guys are talking about the same Flanders Field Museum that i visited a couple of months ago.

I thought the place was truly amazing - it was alive with history and brought things home in a real way that many dry dusty museums don't manage to do. Most 'museums' are little more than shelves packed with artefacts, this is something much different and I thought it truly awesome.

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I can't believe you guys are talking about the same Flanders Field Museum that i visited a couple of months ago.

I thought the place was truly amazing - it was alive with history and brought things home in a real way that many dry dusty museums don't manage to do. Most 'museums' are little more than shelves packed with artefacts, this is something much different and I thought it truly awesome.

Steve

I think many of us prefer to see the old style museums, packed with artefacts, where we can draw our own conclusions about the conflict, not be fed a PC, sanitised, precis of history, with 90% of the detail left out. For many people interested in history, the devil is in the detail.

John

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Steve

I think many of us prefer to see the old style museums, packed with artefacts, where we can draw our own conclusions about the conflict, not be fed a PC, sanitised, precis of history, with 90% of the detail left out. For many people interested in history, the devil is in the detail.

John

Old style un pc every time im with you

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Well it seems to me that there are plenty of 'Old Style' museums out there, surely there is room for something with a little more imagination. If you want kids to be interested in this topic and remember those who must never be forgotten, you have to make it interesting for them.

I thought it was brilliant, by far the most interesting and informative of all the ones I visited.

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Well it seems to me that there are plenty of 'Old Style' museums out there, surely there is room for something with a little more imagination. If you want kids to be interested in this topic and remember those who must never be forgotten, you have to make it interesting for them.

I thought it was brilliant, by far the most interesting and informative of all the ones I visited.

I think most people would have preferred it if they kept the old musuem as it was and then created a new PC one 'down the road' somewhere' in a new modern building like in they Caen (done by the same people). Perronne Historial is also by the same people.

John

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Well, I think we must agree to differ. The one at the Gate which is run by the pub is also brilliant, but in a very different way.

Perhaps we should just be glad that these things exist in whatever form - the world would be a poorer place without them.

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The one at the Gate which is run by the pub is also brilliant, but in a very different way.

I take it you mean the one at the Lille Gate.

Just out of interest which other museums did you visit in the Salient

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I was staying just around the corner from the Lille Gate (Kannonweg) and the Museum/Pub was our local. We went to Hooge Crater, Passendale Museum and dug out, the Big one in Perrone (My Gt Uncle is buried in Perrone) and another couple which I can't remember at the moment.

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Quite a varied choice Steve,

I can't comment on the old museum, although IFF is not one of my favourites it does have a couple of good bits. I would say Passendale and Diksmuide are 2 of my favourites in Flanders, and 2 I wouldn't hesitate to recomend to people

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Can't say I am keen on the Flanders Fields. Personally I find it very 'busy' there is a lot of information , noises and images presented in a way which I find difficult to access. Does anybody really look at the individual parts of the montages rather than just seeing a mass of images? There is quite a lot of unlabelled material which is frustrating.It doesnt seem to me to create a clear chronology of the war. It is I think to be commended for considering the Belgian home front and medical services. I like the idea of 'characters' but frequently trying to teach students there I feel this kind of thing could be accessed from 'wherever' preferably prior to the day so that students could concentrate on things they can't access on line! I also find it noisy ,crowded and dark! Would be greatly improved by a section where students were allowed to handle reproduction equipment and materials- the space issue is however a major one.

For student interaction you can't beat Teddy at Ulster Tower on the Somme. Dresses up a student in uniform and hands him/her a rifle - instant student interest.

Greg

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