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Tolkien: From the Battlefields of the Somme to the Birth of a Fiction

The famous writer J.R.R. Tolkien was a soldier in the Great War. This experience changed for everytime its vision of the litterature and its papers. 

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The Tour de France in the Somme

The Tour de France is passing through the east of the Department of the Somme, during the Arras-Reims stage, on Thursday 10th July 2014

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David Harkness Blakey, found 98 years after he was lost on the battlefield

David Harkness Blakey was killed on the 1st July 1916 - the first day of the Battle of the Somme - at 26 years of age, when the 36th (Ulster) Division attacked between Thiepval and Beaumont-Hamel. His body was never recovered.

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Limited edition tickets to commemorate the Great War Centenary

To commemorate the Centenary of the First World War World, the Historial have introduced “Limited edition” entrance tickets.

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A new Historial for the centenary

Learn about the major changes that are taking place at the Historial, which include a modernisation of the displays, a new layout and added exhibition rooms.

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