Vignacourt 14-18 "Interpretation Centre"
During the Great War, Vignacourt was used for French and Allied logistics. Louis and Antoinette Thuillier lived in the village and were keen amateur photographers. They began taking photographs of the soldiers of different nationalities who were billeted in the village in their farmhouse.
In 2010 an Australian television station (Channel Seven) uncovered 4000 photographic plates in the Thuillier’s old attic and, conscious of the exceptional character and historical value of this collection, the French and Australian authorities now wish to share its history.
Vignacourt 14-18 welcomes you to the Thuillier’s renovated farmhouse which is devoted to their photograph collection. This exhibition tells the story of life behind the lines. It’s a history full of humanity, where the little personal stories provide insight into the greater history of the war.