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Franco-Australian Museum - Villers-Bretonneux

 

  

Welcome to official website of the Franco-Australien Museum.

Fully renovated in 2016, the Franco-Australian Museum presents, through the richness of the collection of the Franco-Australian association, the ties uniting Villers-Bretonneux with Australia ever since the First World War and the night of 24-25 April 1918 when the Australian army stopped the German advance at Villers-Bretonneux.

Using not only personal object but also archive images and moving testimonies of friendship, this unprecedented history of war, memory and future is told through a museographical journey divided into 4 sections: A Place of Memory and Commemoration, Memories of War, A National Memory and Town Memories.

Mid-way through the museum, a glass-roofed area enables visitors to see and contemplate the message of thanks displayed in the schoolyard, which reads “Do not forget Australia”.

The museum also includes a gift shop, and a reception and relaxation area allowing visitors to discover the tourist offers of the Somme region.

Situated on the first floor of the Victoria School, the museum is equipped with a lift for people with reduced mobility.

 

Copyright : P. Cardon, Musée Franco-Australien

 

Villers-Bretonneux

VILLERS-BRETONNEUX

Situated in the heart of a farming region, the town owes its economic development to hosiery and textiles during the second half of the XIXth century right up to the beginning of the First World War. Now with more than 4,000 inhabitants, the present-day Villers-Bretonneux is primarily concerned with agriculture and has developed its industrial and commercial park.

Since 1920 Melbourne has “adopted” Villers-Bretonneux and in 1984 Villers-Bretonneux was twinned with the small town of Robinvale, State of Victoria, Australia.

 

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