Since the museum first opened, its collections have been created and extended by donations. Even today, donations are the museum’s main source of new acquisitions. Many people contact us to give us objects or documents which, in many cases, belonged to one of their ancestors who fought in the Great War.
The collections enable the Memorial to continue the task that it was given by the original ex-servicemen – to preserve reminders of the Great War and pass on to future generations memories of what the 1914-1918 war was like, particularly the Battle of Verdun.
In 1967, the museum’s collections consisted mainly of equipment (military uniforms etc.) and heavy matériel (guns, field kitchens, Berliet truck, planes). Since then, it has been constantly expanded by the addition of uniforms, weaponry, medals, trench art, posters, documents etc.
As the centenary of the battle approaches, particular attention has been paid to enlarging the collection. Soldiers’ personal effects, engravings and items used everyday behind the lines, especially German exhibits, have joined the collections.