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The Mons Memorial Museum invites visitors of all ages to question the multiple, complex realities of the phenomena of war. Through a vast permanent exhibition, the public faces the singular history of the city of Mons as well as the international events of the two World Wars.
Through the fates of the men and women who witnessed events, visitors are immersed in the day-to-day lives of soldiers and civilians in times of peace, of war and of occupation. Those accounts are the central theme of the visit and give life to the displayed items.Through those letters, notebooks and interviews, the exhibition of the Mons Memorial Museum is presented from a sensitive point of view.
The exhibits on display, selected from the 5,000 included in the military history collections belonging to the City of Mons, ask some fundamental questions about the relationship between the civilian and military population. These questions come to life in an experience that will guide visitors from the middle Ages, through the “Ancien Régime”, right up to the two World Wars. Visitors can go on with their reflections in the temporary exhibition room where a focus on a military history subject is regularly suggested.
The new museum space needed to continue the work of the former museum by bringing its collections to life again, but above all needed to mark a moment of change, by creating a radically different form of presentation which would fulfil contemporary expectations.
The history museum has therefore been transformed into a place where questions are asked and where new technologies (e.g. 3D projectors, "serious games", interactive tables) are utilised to give form and depth to the historical content. The use of testimonies such as interviews and letters is also at the heart of the concept, which emphasises the notion of passing on the baton, of conveying history.