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For 2016 the Historial invites visitors to discover it new exhibitions and activities, which include a new audiovisual room, enriched galleries, a young visitor app and in June a new reception area at the Historial and new museum at the Thiepval Visitor Centre !

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Pierre Normand served as a captain with the French Army during the First World War but never spoke of his experiences. It was only after his death that his diaries were found, detailing his daily life during the war and the Battle of the Somme. Read some selected passages here.

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In order to pay tribute to the many carrier pigeons used during war, Jean Boucault, a bird mimicker, has embarked on an ambitious project to build a horse-drawn pigeon loft based on those used during the Great War

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