THE VISITOR CENTRE
At the foot of the Lorette hill, in Souchez, amongst the battlefields, a building with its unique architecture designed by Pierre-Louis Faloci featuring black concrete and glass, is home to the Mémorial 14-18 Visitor Centre (formerly known as the Lens 14-18).
AN IN-DEPTH EXHIBITION WITH CONTEMPORARY PRESENTATION
Here, iconic objects, unique high-quality photos, period video footage and animated maps offer an insight into the magnitude of the conflict in northern France during the First World War. Over 300 large-scale photographs, a mixture of official images and anonymous shots taken by soldiers, immerse you in the reality of this dreadful war.
UNIQUE HISTORICAL CONTENT
Your visit includes seven sections: the war of movement, trench warfare, a bloody war of attrition, northern France under German occupation, the return of the war of movement, death on the front lines, and hell and reconstruction in northern France.
This historical content has been prepared by an international research committee (France, Belgium, Germany and England), led by historian Yves Le Maner.
Standing in the middle of an unobstructed landscape, the Mémorial 14-18 Visitor Centre at Notre-Dame-de-Lorette literally stands out with its sober and impressive architecture, constructed with black cubes, echoing the blockhouses constructed during the First World War. Its interior, with windows looking over the flat landscapes and sombre walls, bears unspoken memories of this global conflict.