Showcase of artillery. Verdun Memorial Museum. Photo: Jean-Marie Mangeot, 2016.
The new layout in the Memorial highlights the collections and displays more than 2,000 items in a way that brings them close to visitors.
The museum’s collections consist of a wide range of items:
– military exhibits (uniforms, equipment, helmets, individual and collective weaponry, large matériel such as field kitchens, guns, trench artillery, a Berliet truck, planes etc.),
– items illustrating life at the Front (mess tins, cans, trench art, tools, pipes),
– items illustrating life at the rear (games and toys, patriotic items etc.),
– items connected with mourning, remembrance and commemoration (medals, flags, memorials, commemorative plaques),
– architectural exhibits (fragments of stained-glass windows, sculptures etc.) from villages or buildings that were destroyed by the fighting.
The documentary archives consist of newspapers, posters, prints, drawings, paintings, logbooks, letters, photo albums, books, glass plates, propaganda leaflets, diplomas, ordnance survey maps, miscellaneous documents (memos, military record books, ration cards etc.), postcards etc.