Monday 4 September 2017 – Friday 15 September 2017,
8:30am – 5:00pm
Waimakariri District Council, 215 High St, Rangiora, Waimakariri
The Belgians Have Not Forgotten is an exhibition created by the Memorial Museum Passchendaele, with funding and support from the Federal Government of Belgium, touring Australian and New Zealand venues in 2017.
Its purpose is to show New Zealanders and Australians, many of whom had relatives who fought in Flanders Fields a century ago, that Belgians have not forgotten our traumatic common history. Photographs, movies, artwork and artefacts from the battlefields illustrate the war experience while highlighting the commemorative events and memories of war which live on in Belgium.
A lot of Australian and New Zealand families lost a family member during the First World War. Many want to visit the place where their relative was killed but not everyone has the means or opportunity to make a trip to Belgium. Because the MMP1917 considers it important to tell their stories internationally, the museum created this traveling exhibition based on historical facts, archaeological discoveries, references to the landscape and video. The Federal Government and Visit Flanders provided the necessary financial and logistical support. Veterans Affairs Australia and the New Zealand Army supported the project by arranging the internal transportation.
“With this exhibition we want to put extra emphasis on the hundredth anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele. In 2017 we will open the temporary exhibition ‘1917, Total War in Flanders – Passchendaele, landscape at war.’ For this exhibition, we work together with Westtoer and other municipalities and cities in Flanders. We will also hold many commemorations and ceremonies,” said Steven Vandenbussche, Director of the Memorial Museum Passchendaele1917.
More information about the commemorations in 2017: http://www.passchendaele2017.org