The outbreak of the First World War, one hundredth years ago, was the reason for the Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and of Military History [Koninklijk Legermuseum] to carry out a thorough refurbishment of the infamous Trench of Death visitor centre. On the basis of extensive historical research, the visitor route has been completely renewed. All kinds of interactive features are now available to visitors to tell them everything they would like to know about the Trench of Death and, in the process, a number of persistent historical myths about this valuable site are finally put to bed. The museum is no longer dark and dingy but, instead, a modern and interactive visitor centre with a focus on authenticity. With visitors are experts or not, the Trench of Death is now ready to be discovered.
It goes without saying that the renovated Trench of Death Interpretation Centre uses the most modern museum techniques available. It has fifteen interactive applications, texts, photos, film images and unique objects from the collections of the Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and of Military History to guide visitors through the fascinating history of the Trench of Death.
Not only does the Interpretation Centre explain how the Trench of Death came about and what exactly happened in this notorious trench, it is also placed in a new context. After all, there is a direct relationship between this trench and the German trenches close by. Original photos, objects and fragments from diaries are used to illustrate, for the first time, the German side of the story.
“The building is eighteen years old now, so it is in dire need of renovation and refurbishment!”, manager Biesboschcentre Dordrecht Henk van Gurp.
Together with design agency Bos & Bos, Bruns has developed and implemented a total new interactive exhibition. The new expo focuses on five major themes: the beaver, the pilot whales, water, birds and plants. “The expo is not really a exhibition, but more of an incentive to go outside. The idea is to experience the Biesbosch”, tells van Gurp.
The exhibition furniture is adapted to five different lines that criss-cross the centre. Visitors pick up information through each line by integrated multimedia in image and sound, presented collection pieces in showcases, drawers, an interactive table and a lot of graphic provided by The Biesboschcentre.
In short, a location where there is much to experience for young and old.