The Musée de la Grande Guerre du Pays de Meaux: Bringing the past alive

The First World War is moving ever further back into the past and the last surviving witnesses are nearing the end of their lives; at the same time, historical and historiographical research is constantly developing and museums are ever more aware of the need for outreach. These factors have all shed new light on the history of the First World War. The Museum of the Great War, east of Paris, is a fine example of how museums are now exploring the extent to which the war marked the true turn of the twentieth century, illustrating the museum's vital role in bringing the past alive.