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Passchendaele Archives Educational Program

BOPA

The workshop is an addition to the Passchendaele Archives project. The Passchendaele Archives aims at adding a face and a story behind the names of a grave or memorial. To make a visit to Tyne Cot Cemetery tangible for the pupils, they can compile and examine a personal file of a fallen soldier from the Battle of Passchendaele in 1917.

In the Research Center of the MMP1917 they perform their own research starting with a photo, name and date of death.

The workshop consists of four sub-assignments. The first two steps consist of completing the 'military identity card' of the soldier. Then they can investigate what exactly happened on the fatal day. Finally, the last actions of the soldier are drawn on a trench map. The resource material consists of books, websites and maps.

After the workshop the pupils go to CWGC Tyne Cot Cemetery. Here they can look for their grave or name on the Wall of the Missing. They discover 'the person' behind endless rows of names. On the spot they can take on the role of guide and report back to their fellow pupils.

Practical Information:

  • Location: Research Center MMP1917 (Ieperstraat 1, 8980 Zonnebeke)
  • Duration: 1,5 hours
  • Optional: guided visit to the CWTC Tyne Cot Cemetery and guided or non-guided visit to the MMP1917
  • Age of the participants: 17-18 year old
  • Number of participants: groups of +/- 20 participants, split up in groups of 2 to 3
  • Knowledge of the English language is a necessity, because al research material is in English.