Opened on 9 June 2015, Lens’ 14 - 18 is a free exhibition centre for those events and battles of the First World War which took place in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region of France.
It is located between Souchez village and the Ring of Remembrance to Ablain Saint Nazaire, at the foot of the Notre-Dame-de-Lorette hill, which was the stage of fierce combat.
This major historical site occupied a strategic position between the Ypres salient in Belgium and the battlefields of the Somme in France. The village was destroyed during the 1915 Battles of Artois and rebuilt in the 1920s.
The hundred or so kilometres of front line between French Flanders and Artois saw nearly 580,000 soldiers killed, of around forty different nationalities. Their names are commemorated on the Anneau de la Mémoire : Ring of Remembrance — Notre-Dame-de-Lorette International Memorial, which is located 1,500 m (1640 yard) away, and their military records can be accessed using the digital tablets in the Lens’ 14 - 18 museum’s remembrance space.
Ideally situated between the WW1 sites of the Cabaret Rouge British Cemetery, the Canadian National Vimy Memorial, the Maison Blanche German War Cemetery and the Notre-Dame-de-Lorette International Memorial and world war one cemetery, the War and Peace History Centre is an unmissable stop on your pilgrimage and an essential part of any Great War remembrance visit to the Northern France.
" A must-see museum during the battlefield tours and
the visits in the french Commonwealth cemeteries "
Open from Tuesday to Sunday
10.00 am to 1.00 pm
and from 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm
Closed on Mondays
Audioguide 3€ / person
Guided tours provided by the Lens Liévin Tourism Office
Booking required :
Tel : 33 321 74 83 15
Lenght of visit 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours.