The Historial is an internationally recognised museum dedicated to the historical, sociological and ethnological aspects of the First World War. It depicts daily life during the war using accounts from those who lived through it.
2 buildings constructed in 1926 commemorate the Battle of Delville Wood, renamed "Devil's wood" because the fighting was so fierce and South African losses were high. They stand on a large lawn edged with oak trees, grown from acorns brought from South Africa.
Located at the centre of Albert, a town that symbolises the Great War, this museum gives a realistic impression of the lives of soldiers in the trenches during the offensive of 1st July 1916. Sound effects, pictures, lights immerse visitors in the daily life of these soldiers. Essential viewing.
Officially opened on 25th April 1975, the museum occupies the 1st floor of Victoria school at Villers-Bretonneux, completed in 1927 thanks to donations from school children in Victoria, Australia. It tells the story of the Australian Expeditionary Corps during World War I. Well worth a visit.