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Groningen Museum Exterior

To enter and leave Groningen Museum you have to cross a branch of the canal:-

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Groningen Museum Exterior 1

View outside through window almost at water level:-

Groningen Museum View Outside

Ditto only the other side of the museum:-

Groningen Museum Outside View

Just to the left of the above:-

Groningen Museum View

Groningen Museum

I blogged about the outside of Groningen Museum here. On this May’s visit we actually took a look inside.

The first thing that strikes anybody on entering is this elaborate mosaic-tiled staircase:-

Groningen Museum Staircase

Groningen Museum Staircase 2

Groningen Museum Staircase 3

Similar tiling adorned another staircase:-

Groningen Museum Staircase 4

I was taken with this model of Groningen city centre made from fabric. It was under glass so it’s a little distorted:-

Groningen Museum, Fabric Exhibit.

Thee was some not very aesthetically appealing German modern art as the main exhibit when we were there. I’m not averse to modern art but I must confess I preferred these traditional Dutch landscapes:-

Groningen Museum Exhibit

Groningen Museum, Dutch Painting

In a history of Groningen section was this textile of a sailor and flags of different nations which was of Great War vintage though of course the Dutch were not involved in that conflict:-

Groningen Museum Exhibit

Hooge Crater Museum (iii)

German Great War memorabilia in Hooge Crater Museum. In my own Great War collection I have a mug similar to one shown here:-

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Trench Art including inkwells in the shape of Renault tanks:-

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British Great War memorabilia (above) and German (below.) Again I have some of the featured British items in my own collection:-

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More trench art, Renault tank inkwells with poilus’ helmets:-

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Trench art cabinet:-

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More trench art:-

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Mock-up of British dugout:-

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If you are ever in Ypres/Ieper I would recommend a visit to Hooge Crater Museum as well as to In Flanders Fields Museum.

Hooge Crater Museum (ii)

More Exhibits.

A canvas carrying pannier:-

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Mannequin of soldier with full canvas carrying pannier. How could he have even moved with all that weighing him down?:-

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Artillery shells of various calibres:-

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Mannequin of a soldier in the uniform of the Liverpool Scottish:-

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Artillery shell fuses and grenades:-

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Machine guns, trench mortars, projectiles, barbed wire roll:-

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Hooge Crater Museum (i)

Hooge Crater Museum is on the Menin Road just at Bellewaarde, less than a stone’s throw from our hotel. The museum was described in a pamphlet we picked up in In Flanders Fields Museum as the best privately owned museum in Flanders. It’s housed in a former chapel and is utterly jam-packed with exhibits relating to the Great War.

In front of the former doors to the chapel lies this German grave marker:-

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From the Menin Road the path to the museum entrance is lined by stone, shaped as sandbags as if it were a trench:-

Hooge Crater Museum 1

Entrance and door. Again made to simulate a trench:-

Hooge Crater Museum 2

Almost the first thing you encounter in the museum proper is this Fokker DR 1. A Fokker triplane in the scarlet colours as flown by Baron Manfred von Richthofen, the Red Baron:-

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Typical exhibits. (Tank track on left):-

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British Officer mannequin with part of a tank behind:-

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Trench Mortars?:-

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Art Deco Style Building, Zonnebeeke

I couldn’t help noticing this very deco looking (or possibly Frank Lloyd Wright influenced or maybe it’s just Belgian) building when we passed through Zonnebeeke in Flanders. The tower behind belongs to the Church of our Lady:-

Art Deco Building, Zonnebeeke, Flanders, Belgium

Art Deco Building, Zonnebeeke,

Imagine my surprise when I got round to the front and discovered it houses the Passchendaele Research Centre which seems to be part of the Passchendaele Memorial Museum. Note the “rule of three” in the windows – and even in what looks like a cold frame below them:-

Art Deco Building, Zonnebeeke

Other angle:-

Art Deco Building Zonnebeeke

From rear:-

Art Deco Style Building, Zonnebeeke

Unfortunately I couldn’t get an uninterrupted view of the frontage due to the parked van:-

Art Deco Style Building, Zonnebeeke

In Flanders Fields Museum Exhibits (iii)

Italian Field Gun beside horse ambulance in In Flanders Fields Museum, Ypres:-

Italian Field Gun

Machine Gun:-

Machine Gun

Stokes Mortar:-

Stokes Mortar

Trench Mortars:-

Trench Mortars

At the exit there was a list of wars since 1918 – so many I had to take three photographs.


List of Wars Since 1918 (1)


List of Wars Since 1918 (2)


List of Wars Since 1918 (3)

In Flanders Fields Museum Exhibits (ii) Headstones

I didn’t photograph the British headstone as I have posted many of those before.

Belgian Headstone:-

Belgian Headstone, In Flanders Fields Museum

German Grave Marker + French Cross:-

Great War German Headstone + French Cross

German Headstone. Unusual. The German grave markers are usually laid flat. French Cross behind:-

Great War German headstone

Muslim Headstone:-

Muslim Headstone

Unattributed Headstone plus various commemorative statuary:-

Unattributed Headstone

In Flanders Fields Museum Exhibits (i)

Exhibits in In Flanders Fields Museum, Ypres (Ieper) Belgium.

Anti-tank rifle:-

Anti-tank Rifle, In Flanders Fields Museum

Photograph of survivors of a Canadian battle of the Great War:-

Canadians, In Flanders Fields Museum

Flame Thrower (Flammenwerfer):-

Flame Thrower, In Flanders Fields Museum

(The next one was too far behind its glass for the camera to focus properly.) Fritz Haber was responsible for developing Chlorine gas as a weapon. Also without his Haber Process to make ammonia from nitrogen and hydrogen (necessary for producing artificial fertiliser) the Germans would have been unable to make nitrate explosives and so would have been forced to an armistice much earlier. The main exhibit was of an actor speaking Haber’s words:-

Fritz Haber Exhibit

Tableau of Horse Ambulance:-

Tableau of Horse Ambulance

The Wipers Times was a satirical magazine produced by soldiers during the Great War:-

Copy of Wipers Times

Cloth Hall, Ypres: In Flanders Fields Museum

With the possible exception of Saint Martin’s Cathedral, the Cloth Hall (Lakenhalle) is the most imposing building in the city of Ypres (Ieper) in Flanders, Belgium. (The cathedral’s spire can be seen to the rear.)

Cloth Hall, Ypres

The mediƦval Cloth Hall was all but totally destroyed by shelling during the Great War but lovingly restored in the years after.

There is now a lovely fountain in the paving at the front of the Hall.

Cloth Hall fountains

Flanking one of the doors to the Cloth Hall are two memorials. This one is to the French soldiers who died in defence of Ypres during the Great War:-

Ypres Memorial

And this commemorates the liberation of Ypres by Polish troops in 1944:-

WW 2 Liberation Plaque, Ypres

The Cloth Hall now houses In Flanders Fields Museum, formerly the Ypres Salient Memorial Museum:-

In Flanders Fields Museum

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