_COLLECTION OF RAVERSYDE
The Raversyde collection consists of 3 subcollections:
Atlantikwall collection:The largest collection consists of objects related to the two world wars at the Belgian coast. Within the scope of the redesign of the Aachen battery, the Salzwedel Neu-Tirpitz battery and the Festungspioniere, the museum has looked in a very targeted manner for objects to be displayed in the bunkers and on the site.
Prince Charles collection: After the death of Prince Charles, the King’s Civil List took possession of his belongings for a thorough inventory. A part was given to the museum on loan in order to redesign his residence as authentically as possible. Other objects originate from private individuals or were bought by or donated to the museum.
ANNO 1465 collection: The archaeological collection came into existence gradually as a result of the excavations. Marnix Pieters and his team have systematically conducted excavations in search of tangible traces of the Medieval village of Walraversijde since 1992. Three medieval houses and a bakery/smokehouse were reconstructed in 1999-2000. The furnishings consist of replicas based on local finds and scientific research. A number of the finds themselves can be seen in the indoor museum. Earlier beach finds from the Cools-Mortier private collection are also on display. A number of our objects can also be found on www.erfgoedinzicht.be
The site itself is a listed monument. It is thanks to Prince Charles that the remnants of war have been spared from destruction. The domain’s dunes are home to some 60 authentic military constructions which give an accurate picture of life during wartime.