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The Menin Gate in photos

20 July 2017

A photographic exhibition telling the story of the CWGC Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial will go on display next week as part of the commemorations marking the 90th anniversary of its unveiling.

The exhibition, consisting of 20 photographs, is located on the Ramparts next to the Gate and will be freely available from Monday 24 July until the end of September. It will be officially opened by CWGC Director General Victoria Wallace, following a special service at the memorial at 11am.

The exhibition showcases the CWGC’s rich archive – from an image of the architect’s original plans for the memorial, to snapshots of famous visitors through the ages and details of how we care for the memorial today.

Some of the archive images have been taken from original glass plate negatives, recently scanned and preserved, that reveal extraordinary levels of detail.

The opening of the exhibition will follow a commemorative service at the Menin Gate attended by dignitaries from around the world, including Ambassadors to Belgium of the Commonwealth nations, the Belgian Minister of Defence, and Governors of Provinces of Flanders.

The ceremony will mark the 90th anniversary of the unveiling of the memorial and will mirror the event from 90 years ago when Field Marshal Lord Plumer famously addressed the assembled audience made up predominantly of grieving families, stating: “He is not missing. He is here.”

Visiting information

Access to the memorial will be closed for traffic from 8.30am to 12.30pm on 24 July for the service.

The memorial will also be closed for rehearsals and the commemorative service for Passchendaele from 11am to 1.30pm on Friday 28 July, 8.30pm to 11pm on Saturday 29 July, and from 8pm to 11.30pm on Sunday 30 July.

For more information about the Menin Gate, click here.

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