Loos-en-Gohelle - Musée Alexandre Villedieu
MUSÉE 14/18 ALEXANDRE VILLEDIEU
Located in Loos-en-Gohelle, the Alexandre Villedieu Museum houses a collection of items linked to the First World War, mostly found in the town.
Run by the 'Loos in the footsteps of the Great War’ association, this museum tells the story of the daily life of soldiers in the trenches and those living in occupied zones. It also evokes the battles which marked the town in 1915 and 1917, in which many Commonwealth soldiers fought.
The association, founded in 1992 through the will of a few people who felt passionate about the 1914-1918 period, aims to tell current and future generations the story of the three great battles which bloodied the soil of Loos.
Ignoring exploits from the battlefield, rather it recalls the horror of these battles and the ordeal endured by all those who fought. The association acts by taking two approaches, partly transmitting remembrance, and also safeguarding and conserving the heritage of the Great War.
The association also organises walks to discover the surrounding battlefields (every Saturday, walks in the footsteps of the War, on the battlefields: by appointment only).