Ransom Center partners with Texas Exes on World War I-themed anniversary tour
2014 will mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War, a watershed event that claimed millions of lives and changed the course of the twentieth century. The Ransom Center's exhibition The World at War, 1914–1918 will illuminate the lived experience of the world's first global war, and will be supplemented with a trip led by exhibition curators and historians to its key monuments and battlefields throughout Great Britain, France, and Belgium, from June 14 through June 23, 2014. The trip is organized by the Texas Exes Flying Longhorns.
Participants will gain insight into the causes and consequences of this first modern war, and learn what life was like for the soldiers in the trenches. But travelers can also expect to enjoy other cultural experiences, "insider" visits, champagne-tasting, fabulous meals, and some free time in order to enjoy these destinations fully.
Sites in London include the Imperial War Museum, Westminster Abbey, the Douglas Haig Memorial, 10 Downing Street, the Houses of Parliament. The tour also includes visits to key battlegrounds and memorials along the Western Front and stops at La Maison Forestière in Ors, a memorial to Wilfred Owen, and the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme. The trip ends in Paris, home to attractions like the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, and Notre-Dame.