Fighting in Flanders: Gas. Mud. Memory.
New exhibition explores Canadian experience in Belgium during First World War
The Sooke Region Museum is pleased to present the two-dimensional version of Fighting in Flander starting in Sooke, BC September 16, 2016.
Canada played a pivotal role in Belgium during the First World War, and this story deserves to be shared with Canadians from coast to coast to coast. Fighting in Flanders – Gas. Mud. Memory. is supported by National Presenting Sponsor visitflanders.com, and is part of a series of projects commemorating the Centenary of the First World War at the War Museum.
“From the first use of deadly chlorine gas in the Second Battle of Ypres to the treacherous mud of Passchendaele, Canadian soldiers faced horrific new weapons and unimaginable conditions on the battlefield,” says Mark O’Neill, President and CEO of the Canadian Museum of History and the Canadian War Museum. “This exhibition showcases the Canadian experiences in Belgium, and the impact these had on Canadian lives.”
- Fighting in Flanders – Gas. Mud. Memory. explores the Canadian experience in Belgium during the First World War. The exhibition is presented in a series of four panels using photographs, personal testimonials and reproductions of art. The exhibition covers the invasion of Belgium in 1914, the Battle of Ypres in 1915 and the Battle of Passchendaele in 1917. The final panel highlights how memory of the First World War remains an integral part of life in Flanders.
- Fighting in Flanders – Gas. Mud. Memory. will be on display at the Sooke Region Museum from September 16 to December 2, 2016
- Fighting in Flanders – Gas. Mud. Memory. is a travelling exhibition developed by the Canadian War Museum, Ottawa, in partnership with the Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917, Belgium, and with the generous support of the E. W. Bickle Foundation.
The Canadian War Museum gratefully acknowledges the support of its Official Partners of the Centenary of the First World War: John and Pattie Cleghorn and Family; H.Col (Ret’d) John C. Eaton, O.Ont., K.St.J., D.Com. and H.Col Sally Horsfall Eaton, S.S.St.J., C.D., R.N., LL.D.; The Friends of the Canadian War Museum; TD Bank Group; VISITFLANDERS and the R. Howard Webster Foundation.