Presentation

image previewInterpretation Centre “Plugstreet 11-18 experience” is situated close to the British Memorial in Ploegsteert. Covered with a natural carpet of greenery its semi-underground structure is topped by an elegant glass pyramid. The architectural design perfectly fits into a surrounding wooded area.

“Plugstreet 14-18 experience” presents a scenographic space of some 400 sq. m. whose technological equipment aims at increasing interaction.

The scenography not only brings to light the 14-18 conflict on an international scale and in a didactic manner, but also tells the visitor about its effects in the area of Comines-Warneton, which was devastated by four years of bloody fighting and deprivations.

Particular attention is drawn to numerous photographs from private collections recounting how difficult it often was for civilians and armed forces to live together : Comines was a German garrison eastward ; Ploegsteert was in British hands westward and Warneton was literally cut by the front line.

“Plugstreet 14-18 experience” thus allows the visitor to better figure out the particularity of our territory in 14-18. The Interpretation Centre offers a moving and original vision of the tragedy that severely hit the southernmost part of Ypres Salient.