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FINAL NEWSLETTER
from March 2005
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OPENING CEREMONY PROGRAMME


The Thiepval
Visitor Centre

8 rue de l'Ancre
80300 Thiepval
France

Tel: 00333 2274 6047
Fax: 00333 2247 6544


thiepval@historial.org

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 Thiepval Project 

Fundraising now complete

                           Somme
 

VISITOR CENTRE

 

STOP  PRESS
1st February 2014

 

Opening
hours

Events

Centre Information How to get
to the Centre
 

 

We are now open again following the Christmas break and hope to see a great many of our friends during 2014.

 

THIEPVAL ON-LINE SHOP
The  Centre now sells books on line  so you can now purchase that item you wish you had bought on your last visit and discuss matters with Vincent Laude the Centre manager.

Items are continually being added to the site, so simply click
Here

 

 The Thiepval visitor centre 
is open every day with the exception of the
Christmas - New Year break
As always entrance is free.

 

  

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Opening hours  2014

     1st February to 28th February          9.30 am - 5pm

    1st March to 31st October                 9.30am -  6pm
    1st November to mid-December      9.30am - 5pm

The Centre is open every day except over Christmas / New Year

 

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Events

 

During the Centenary years there will certainly be many ceremonies on the Somme.

We will try are tell you of some of them on this site. The largest UK Government ceremony to take place on the battlefields of France and Flanders will be at Thiepval on 1st July 2016

 

 

 

Apart from the exhibitions at the Historial in Péronne
 there are no special events advised at the moment.


Historial de la Grande Guerre

 

The 2014 annual meeting of the joint Franco-British Advisory Committee
 (see below)* is scheduled to take place on Friday 11th April.

 

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The Centre
 

WiFi

A WiFi system has now been installed at the Centre so as to enable Tour Guides and our other visitors to remain in contact with the outside world when they are in the building. 

Additional parking

The Conseil Général has recently created  additional car / bus parking spaces for the benefit visitors as we come up to the centenary . .

New computer terminals

 New computer terminals were recently installed by the Conseil Général and the CWGC website is now accessible on line.  The local Broadband speed is under 1 Mbps, so it can be a bit slow, but the system is a great improvement on what we had before.                                               

                                                                   
The  English-speaking members of staff, Vincent and Dawn are there to welcome you.   They are assisted by other 'Historial' staff.             

Tel: 00333 2274 6047

The Centre manager is Vincent Laude   thiepval@historial.org


The Historial de la Grande Guerre (museum) of Péronne who manage the Centre on behalf of the Conseil Géral de la Somme is a first class international museum and well worth a visit  by anyone interested in the Great War.    

www.historial.org


*Completion of the work of the Charity

On 1st June 2006 the Thiepval Project handed over the last vestiges of their responsibility in respect of the new Visitor Centre to the Conseil Général de la Somme.

The Charity again took the opportunity of expressing their sincere appreciation for all that our French friends have done and will now continue to do in the creation and maintenance of a Visitor Centre at Thiepval.  

The British interest in the Centre has now devolved  upon a joint Franco-British Advisory Committee

LE CENTRE  D’ACCUEIL  ET  D’INTERPRÉTATION  DE  THIEPVAL
THE THIEPVAL VISITOR CENTRE

Membres du comité consultatif franco-britannique
 
Members of the Franco-British advisory committee

  le Président du Conseil général  
  le Vice-Président chargé de la Culture  
  le Conseiller général délégué au Tourisme de mémoire  
  le Conseiller général du canton d’Albert  
  le Directeur général des services du Conceil général et ses collaborateurs concernés  
  le Directeur du C.D.T. de la Somme  
  le Directeur de l’Historial de la Grande Guerre  
     
  The Military Attaché,  British Embassy,  Paris  
  The Director, France, Commonwealth War Graves Commission  
  The  Royal British Legion  
  The Thiepval Project  
  The Imperial War Museum  
  The Lutyens Trust  
The Charles Skey Trust
     
     
     

 

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission

In June 2006 the Conseil Général de la Somme awarded a contract to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission to maintain the grounds around the Visitor Centre. They continue to perform this important work and all visitors much appreciate their work in maintaining the beauty of the site.


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For those travelling to the Somme or planning visits to the Great War battlefields the following  websites may be of use:-

Historial de la Grande Guerre               Somme-Tourism

Western Front Association

 
  British Legion Somme          

   The Commonwealth War Graves Commission   

                    The Royal British Legion       The Beaumont Hamel Newfoundland Memorial Park      

                   Bony USA cemetery, Somme                Australian Memorials France   

.360° Cemetery Panoramas / France        Google map (with acknowledgements

                                           

HOW TO GET TO THE VISITOR CENTRE

Calais to Thiepval


 

Approximate mileage from the Channel Tunnel

0    From TUNNEL take A16 →  Calais / Lille / Reims / PARIS  until exit 18 

6    At / from CALAIS take A26 →  St Omer / Arras / Reims / PARIS 

25  Toll booth - payage    Take ticket      (Near St Omer)  

72  Go on past exit 17 (Arras) then branch on to A1→ Arras-Est / PARIS 

86  Leave A1 at exit 14 BAPAUME Toll € 9.90 . Take the By-pass → AMIENS  Albert 

87  Follow → AMIENS  Albert  After the 4th roundabout you will be on the D 929

88 LE SARS   Carry straight on through village

98 POZIÈRES,  turn right → Thiepval.  (It is signposted )

100 THIEPVAL, turn left for the Monument and Visitor Centre (follow the signposts)

Speed limits:  KM / MPH
autoroutes:130 / 80 if fine, 110 / 68 in rain, or if so marked.
On open road 90 / 55 (not 60 as in UK)
In towns and villages 50 / 30.   (Beware - the town / village name sign counts as an automatic 50 / 30 limit sign.) 
Also 70 / 43  in certain marked places such as near cross roads on the D929

It is often easier to pay the autoroute toll by credit card (CB).   Putthe ticket and then your card into the machine, or if the queue is not too long, just give the ticket and your card to the attendant. (Visa or Master Card).  They return your card instantaneously.

CALAIS to THIEPVAL should take you no more than 1h 30mins

By Train from Paris (Nord) it is more difficult and takes about two hours to Albert with a change at Amiens. Price in Jan. 2011 was about £22.  From Calais to Albert it takes about half and hour longer, price about £24 and a cab from Albert was not far off £20 each way.  It is possible to hire cars in Albert.

Don't forget entrance to the Visitor Centre is FREE.