Remember Edith CAVELL: 1915 – 2015

From oct 10, 2015 to 2015-10-28

"We shall always remember you as a heroine and a martyr"

"Don't think of me like that. Think of me as a nurse who tried to do her duty".


Edith Cavell is well known in Belgium for her pioneering work in nursing and for the help she provided allied soldiers during the First World War, for which she was shot on 12th October 1915.


Various events will take place this October in Brussels:



10/10 to 30/10/2015 ¦ Exhibition: “Miss Cavell, the story of a British nurse in Brussels”

When: 10th to 30th October 2015 (except Mondays) from 10.00 to 18.00. Entrance is free.
Where: Le Doyenné-Maison des Arts d'Uccle. Rue du Doyenné 102, 1180 Uccle.


10/10/2015 ¦ Nurse Edith Cavell Centenary Commemoration Concert

When: 10th October 2015 – 20.00
Where: Holy Trinity Pro-Cathedral. Rue Capitaine Crespel 29, 1050 Brussels
Event: Edith Cavell Centenary Commemoration Concert featuring the world première of the ‘Cavell Mass’ by David Mitchell.
Also, the ‘Andante Festivo’ by Sibelius and the ‘Mass in Troubles Times’ by Haydn.
Cavell Mass - David Mitchell

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11/10/2015 ¦ Edith Cavell Memorial Service

When: 11th October 2015 – 10.30
Where: Holy Trinity Pro-Cathedral. Rue Capitaine Crespel 29, 1050 Brussels
Event: Edith Cavell Memorial Service



28/10/2015 ¦”Film-concert” at the Cinematek : “Dawn” (1928)

When: 28th October 2015 – 19.30
Where: Uccle Cultural Centre. Rue Rouge, 1180 Brussels
Event: Projection, as a "film-concert", of the 1928 film of Edith Cavell's story entitled "Dawn" and starring Sybil Thorndike. 
This film has recently been restored by Cinematek and the British Film Institute.



January 2016 ¦ Edith Cavell Exhibition

When: January 2016 - Details will be announced later.
Where: Commune of Etterbeek. Avenue d'Auderghem 113, 1040 Brussels

Old Bill Exhibition and the Authentic Christmas Truce commemoration

From déc 19, 2014 to 2014-12-21

The Plugstreet 14-18 Experience interpretation centre will host an exhibition on the cartoon character “Old Bill”, which was created by the British war cartoonist Captain Bruce Bairnsfather, a soldier of the 1st Battalion of the Royal Warwickshire in winter 1914-1915.
During the same weekend, the authentic Christmas Truce will be reneacted, commemorated and explained to the visitor on the genuine land where the friendly football game took place between Brits and Germans, at St-Yves cross.

Plugstreet half-marathon Remembrance

From nov 11, 2014 to 2014-11-11

On Armistice day, you can take part to the race along the historic sites of the First World War around Ploegsteert. Every year, at 11am on 11 November. several thousand amateur and professional runners are welcomed. Along the 21km or 8.5km routes, the athletes run past some of the historic sites where the battles of the Great War took place.

Plugstreet Trench exhibition ("Tranchées")

From sep 12, 2014 to 2014-10-04

This exhibition dedicated to John Bulteel at the Musée de la Rubanerie Cominoise, The exhibition presents charcoal pieces designed by John Bulteel, which give reference to the life of soldiers camped in the trenches during the First World War. The blackness of the charcoal truly reflects the dramatic atmosphere that reigned in the trenches during the Great War. The images show the tension of soldiers before an offensive, as well as the frenzy of combat and finally, the desolation. The exhibition presents.
Location: Musée de la Rubanerie Cominoise, COMINES-WARNETON.

Commemorations of the Battle of Mons, the Retreat of Mons and the legend of the Angels of Mons

From aoû 23, 2014 to 2014-08-23

A re-enactment of the events will be organised and presented to the public. This Battle marks the beginning of the military involvement of Britain in the war. Mons will become the alpha and the omega of the WW1, as far the British empire is concerned, since it is in and around Mons that the first and the last British empire soldiers of that war were killed.

SIGN of Times, pre-war 1914 visionnary artworks - Bam - Mons

From aoû 22, 2014 to 2014-11-23

An exhibition that test the limits between naturalism, symbolism and expressionism. At the Bam in Mons. The works exposed include paintings, sculptures or photographs. The avant-garde expressions aim to reveal works that tell the stories of the dark days.
Location: MONS.

Tribute to the Civic Guard of Loncin

From aoû 16, 2014 to 2014-07-31

Location: LONCIN.

Commemoration for the centenary of the Loncin Fort’s explosion

From aoû 15, 2014 to 2014-08-15

Various emotional commemorations will be organised at the historic Loncin Fort. Every year, commemorations take place at Loncin Fort on 15 August to pay tribute to the soldiers who valiantly defended their country against the advance and invasion of German troops. A symbolic cannon shot is fired every year at 5:20pm the time at which the fort finally exploded under heavy enemy shellfire, after 11 days of resistance. A 42cm shell weighing 800 was fired from the infamous Big Bertha and destroyed the fort, killing 350 young Belgians, most of which are buried in the depths of the fort to this day.


Location: LONCIN.

Official commemorations of the beginning of the war

From aoû 4, 2014 to 2014-08-04

Official commemorations of the outbreak of the war in Liège.
Royal visit in Mons: this will be the only Royal visit organised by the Royal House and the British government outside of the UK in the framework of the commemoration of the beginning of the war – Saint-Symphorien cemetery - Mons.

British afternoon in Liège

From aoû 2, 2014 to 2014-08-02

Two days before the official federal ands international commemoration of the outbreak of the War in Liège, the city of Liège pays tribute to Britain and her involvement to defend the country neutrality – Place Saint-Lambert – Liège

Mons Before The Great War - Bam de Mons

From mai 16, 2014 to 2014-06-08

Discover the traditional exhibition by association Montois Cayaux in the Saint-Georges Hall in the Bam in Mons. The theme chosen for this edition is: Mons on the eve of the Great War. Discover the city, on the eve of the first world conflict, through images and objects from archives.

Arlon 1914-1918 Exhibition

From mai 1, 2014 to 2014-10-05

This exhibition gives you the opportunity to find out more about the German occupation in the very the southern part of the province of the Belgian Luxembourg during the First World War. From The Gaspar Museum will host this exhibition focusing on the daily lives of the inhabitants of the Arlon region during the Great War. The Arlon inhabitants faced a very strict occupation regime during WW1. The people of Arlon were forced to welcome enemy troops into their homes, whether they were officers or second line soldiers, or even railway employees.


Location: Gaspar Museum, ARLON.

Once Upon a Time 1914

From mar 21, 2014 to 2014-11-16

An eponymous comic book is the main part of this exhibition. They complement each other and discuss different themes. Letters, drawings, newspapers, documents, weapons, day to day items and clothes, drawn in original comic strips. The exhibition, therefore, enriches the comic with an added third dimensional aspect: (Once upon a time 1914) ( Il était une fois) a collective and never-before-seen work, put together and edited by Stavelot Abbey and exhibited by the IPW (Walloon Heritage Institute).


Location: STAVELOT.

EXPO : 14-18, it’s our history!

From fév 26, 2014 to 2015-04-26

Presented by the Museum of Europe and the Royal Army and Military History Museum.


For the First World War 100th anniversary commemorations, the Royal Army Museum will organise the major exhibition « 14-18, it’s our history ! » as from February 7, 2014. Based on the rich and unique collections of the Royal Army Museum, this exhibition will allow the public to discover all aspects of conflicts, which left Europe battered and weakened. The history of the conflict has been seen in a broader context where a place is left to all actors in this drama. The war and the everyday life during the Belgian occupation will constitute an important part of the exhibition. But most of all he will discover through authentic objects, sceneries, testimonies, multimedia, cinema films and immersive spaces how this conflict has profoundly influenced the history of the 20th century.


The role of this exhibition is to awaken a wider audience, who has forgotten how history has shaped his life, to the story of the history of the European war – then global. To achieve this goal, we should appeal more to the emotions, making him feel that this story concerns him: of its past and his future. This exhibition is the meeting place for the history of each – history with a little h – and History – with a big H.


Produced by Tempora


February 26, 2014 until April 26, 2015



Royal Army and Military History Museum - Brussels
Parc du Cinquantenaire 3 - 1000 Brussels


Opening hours
Closed on Mondays
Tuesday till Friday : 9am to 5pm
Weekend, school holidays, public holidays: 10am to 6pm
Duration of the visit : 1h30 to 2h00


Adult fare : 12 €
Groups of adults (min. 20 pers.) and senior citizens : 9 €
Children (6 -18 years) and students: 8 €
Family package : 2 adults + 2 children : 32€ (+ 6€ for extra child)
School groups : 6 €
Youth groups between 6 and 18 years (min. 20 pers.) : 6 €
Children under 6 years : free
Article 27 accepted


Reservation compulsory for schools and groups (free and guided visits)
Monday to Friday from 9:30 am to 12:30pm and 1:30pm to 5 pm by telephone at +32 2 549 60 49 or by e-mail at


Guided visit
65 € /guide for 1h30 visit (max. 20 pers./guide) : reservation only


English, French, Dutch, German


Tram: N° 81 and 82??
Bus: N° 27,28,36,61,67,80
Metro / Train Schuman or Merode
Spacious parking is available on the Esplanade, by the entrance of the Museum.
The Museum is easily accessible to the disabled
T: +32 2 549 60 49

Military cemeteries and graves parrainage in Plugstreet

Plugstreet Memorial to the Missing :
Military cemeteries where close to 6000 fallen British soldiers who lost their lives during the Great War lie.
Plugstreet 14-18 Experience, the First World War Interpretation Centre :
World War I Interpretation Centre. There are 20 cemeteries, immaculately maintained by the Imperial War graves Commission.

All year round: Liège Inter-Allied monument

As the first city to have effectively opposed the invaders in 1914, Liège was chosen in 1925 by the International Federation of Allied Ex-Servicemen to erect an inter-Allied monument. The civil memorial contains several monuments offered to Liège by the allied Nations. This monuments are located outdoors. (On the esplanade) or inside the tower (in its crypt and in its low and high rooms).

All year round: The territories of the Memory in Liège

The "Symbolical trail" relates step by stem the infernal route of the deportees to the Nazi concentration and extermination camps. The visit takes 50 minutes and is completed with a film. To keep the memories alive, the association leads the campaign Le Triangle Rouge.

All year round: Plugstreet 14-18 Experience, World War I Interpretation Centre

The First World War Interpretation Centre open its doors close to the British Memorial in Ploegsteert on 9 November 2013. Focusing on the life of the soldiers and civilians, you enter by a glass pyramid. Its semi-underground construction in the heart of the Ploegsteert woods evokes the catacombs that are inaccessible today. The museum route A 400m² high-tech scenography space presents a detailed view of the British and German positions at Comines-Warneton between 1914 and 1918.

Plugstreet 14-18 Experience

In November 2013, Ploegsteert opened a new, pyramid-shaped museum Plugstreet 14-18 Experience with a cinema showing the background to the Great War, a three-dimensional map of the western front and a special presentation on the battle of Messines Ridge in June 1917, which was won by the Allies when thousands of tonnes of high explosive were detonated beneath the German line. It’s said that the shockwaves carried across the Channel and were felt in London.


This splendid semi-underground structure located in the heart of the Ploegsteert wood boasts a 400 metres square scenic space, a high-tech equipment. An overall close-up view of the British and German positions in Comines-Warneton as well as an interactive discovery of the civilians and soldiers’ life in the fighting-torn region help visitors to better understand what happened in the Ploegsteert Battlefield sector during the Great War.


Location :
Plugstreet 14-18 Experience
Rue de la Munque 18
7782 Ploegsteert 
Wallonia. Belgium


Tel: +3256484000
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