The second phase of a major restoration project will start in April 2020 at the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing, France, and continue through to 2021.

During these essential works, access to the memorial and the panels bearing the names of the missing will not be possible. However, the CWGC will be providing innovative new ways of exploring the site and viewing the names on the memorial panels through a ground-breaking digital exhibition.

The essential work is a continuation of the restoration that was paused in 2016 for the First World War Centenary. The work involves the restoration of the lower section of the memorial’s brick masonry and natural stone (including the commemorative name panels), concrete repair, brick paving and improving the drainage. The work will ensure this historic memorial will be preserved for generations to come.


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CWGC recognises that Thiepval is at the heart of any battlefield tour of the Somme, so while the memorial undergoes its essential restoration, CWGC is providing an innovative new way of exploring the site and surrounding landscape.

Through an interactive multimedia exhibition and a walking trail, visitors will be able to learn about the memorial, its place in the landscape, and the Battle of the Somme. The exhibition will also feature some of the casualties we commemorate, the wider work of the CWGC and regular updates on the renovation as it happens. Personal stories, archive materials, our extensive casualty records and much more will be freely available to all visitors via their mobile devices – creating an intimate experience of Thiepval’s compelling history through film, sound and arresting imagery.

The dedicated CWGF interns will also be on site from March to November. Enthusiastic and informative, they are always happy to help and answer all manner of questions – from military history to modern horticulture.

What else can I visit near Thiepval Memorial?

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The CWGC Experience

The CWGC Experience is a unique new visitor attraction that shines a light on the work of the remarkable organisation at the heart of remembrance of the war dead.

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Pozieres Cemetery entrance

Pozieres Memorial

Pozieres Memorial commemorates over 14,000 servicemen of the First World War, and surrounds Pozieres British Cemetery which is the final resting place of more than 2,700 servicemen.

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Delville Wood Cemetery

Located near Longueval, France, Delville Wood Cemetery is the third largest cemetery in the Somme battlefield area and holds over 5,500 servicemen of the First World War.

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Make the most of your trip to the Somme

CWGC Battlefield Companion Somme 1916

Published in partnership with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC), this guide will help you understand the campaign and explore the battlefields. The guide contains four trails which tell the story of the British Army campaign. Each trail will guide you through a different part of the battle. The guide is available to purchase via our publisher Osprey.

Price: £14.99

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