To mark the centenary of the Battle of Messines, PRONI will welcome Piet Chielens, the Coordinator of the In Flanders Fields Museum, Ypres, Belgium for a talk on 1 June 2016 at 7pm.
PRONI is hosting this event in conjunction with the Government of Flanders. The In Flanders' Fields Museum is a museum in Ypres, Belgium, dedicated to the study of the First World War.
The battle of Messines was particularly significant in the history of Ireland due to the contribution of both the 16th (Irish) and 36th (Ulster) Divisions. Piet’s presentation will reference all the Irish regiments over the period 1914-18, as reflected in Ireland’s Memorial Records.
Piet has been co-director of the award winning In Flanders Fields Museum in Ypres since 1996, where he is director of exhibitions and public programming. From 1992 to 2007 he was also artistic director of Peace Concerts Passchendaele. He has published and collaborated on numerous publications for both institutes (CD’s, guide books, catalogues, articles).