A website by War Heritage Institute

Activity page
Heritage Day: On the menu in the Trench of Death – 21/04/2024

Use Heritage Day to travel back in time and to experience the Belgian soldiers’ daily life in the Trench of Death at the Yser front!

Heritage Day: On the menu in the Trench of Death – 21/04/2024

Activity details

Dates
-
Address

IJzerdijk 65
8600 Diksmuide
Belgium

More info

Heritage Day:

On the menu in the Trench of Death

Sunday 21 April 2024

Sunday, April 21 is once again Heritage Day, with “Home” as this year’s central theme. What makes a house a home? A seemingly simple question, but with a much deeper meaning than one might think at first glance. What exactly creates that feeling of home? Home is a collection of experiences, from small moments to big events. It is the place where you share important feelings with people close to you. That sense of coming home, that’s what it’s all about!

During the First World War front soldiers are far away from home and separated from family, which forces them to turn the trenches and cantonments into their new safe place. On Heritage Day, the Trench of Death resonates with this theme and opens its doors to the public free of charge. Experienced guides provide general information about the venue, and a historical evocation illustrates the daily lives of the Yser Front soldiers. An active field kitchen even allows visitors to see and taste how and what was prepared at the front during the First World War.

Erfgoeddag - Dagelijkse kost in de Dodengang

Wish to taste the Belgian soldiers’ rations during the First World War? What did servicemen eat and drink at the front? How were meals prepared and where did ingredients come from? Travel back in time and experience the Belgian soldiers’ daily life at the Yser front …

Be sure to seize this unique opportunity: experience and taste some living history. Heritage Day and its historic evocation at the Trench of Death on Sunday 21 April 2024 are not to be missed!

Practical information

Admission:

In the framework of Heritage Day the site is freely accessible from 10 a.m. till 6 p.m., with a last access at 5 p.m.

Registration:

Registration is not mandatory for a visit of the site, but if you want to enjoy some free bites from the field kitchen, please complete this form by 14 April.

Erfgoeddag - Dagelijkse kost in de Dodengang