The Second World War made a lasting impact in many parts of the 2 Seas area. Across the whole territory many physical remains like bunkers, fortifications and other traces can be found in the landscape. Unfortunately many of these remains were poorly documented, derelict and inaccessible to the public and there was no coherent cross-border framework of interpretation and presentation for this heritage.
Key to understanding the history of the Second World War and its material remnants is the immaterial heritage of the time. The memories and stories of eye-witnesses bring history to life for people who did not experience the war and help to understand the meaning of silent material remains.
The overall aim of the project is to ensure the preservation and improve the accessibility of the material and immaterial heritage of the Second World War in the 2 Seas region.
The physical accessibility as well as the access to information and knowledge about several important sites and events representing WWII heritage is improved. Read more about:
-The modernisation of museum presentations of the Atlantic Wall museum in Raversijde
-The creation of access paths to Fort des Dunes in Leffrinckoucke
-Developing a memorial center in and around Oranjemolen, Vlissingen
-Redesigning of Park Toorenvliedt in Middelburg as a memorial area
Surprised by the abrupt change (beginning of the war)View this theme View this theme
Coping with and try to influence the change (during the war)View this theme View this theme
The Kindertransport (German for children transport) is a rescue mission that took place during the nine months...12 Jan 1938
The World War II Heritage network brings together 10 partners with a diverse background, from museums to local...15 Oct 1939
Close to ‘muZEEum’ there is a windmill called Oranjemolen. In 1944 this spot was called ‘Uncle Beach’: this is...06 Mar 1940
Naval operation to evacuate the British and French Armies stuck in the city of Dunkirk, surrounded by the Germ...27 May 1940
Massive misinformation operation from the Allies to hide their plans for D-Day01 Dec 1943
Dunkirk was only liberated on May 9th 1945, after a 9 month long siege.15 Sep 1944
The need for transporting materiel from England to the front made Boulogne's port a strategic location.17 Sep 1944
The city was in ruin due to Operation Fortitude.25 Sep 1944