About the Memorial

Reconstructions: a cultural and scientific project

The Caen Memorial Museum and the HisTéMé research laboratory of the University of Caen are proposing a scientific and cultural program on the theme of the Reconstructions.

This program will include conferences, historical study days and a scientific symposium. Students from the University of Caen who have worked on this topic as part of their master’s degree will come to Falaise to present their own work. This project will also be an opportunity to complete our collection of oral testimonies during a new campaign of witness recordings that will recount their post-war years.

This three-year program is supported by the Departmental Council of Calvados and the Community of communes of the Falaise region.

New oral testimony collection

Our teams will carry out some new oral testimonies that will enrich our collections.

These testimonies, which will cover both the Reconstruction and the post-war years, will be

presented in the Falaise Memorial Museum.

Please contact Clothilde Mazau at +33 2 31 06 06 58 or by e-mail cmazau@memorial-caen.fr should you wish to testify.


Presentation of archives and objects on the reconstruction

The exhibits of the Civilians' Memorial Museum in Falaise, and notably the second floor, which is devoted to the Liberation, will be enhanced with objects, documents and films on the theme of life in the ruins and Reconstruction.

If you wish to deposit documents or objects related to this period, please contact Clothilde Mazau at +33 2 31 06 06 58 or by e-mail cmazau@memorial-caen.fr


Family war memories: historical study days

Wednesday April 6, at the théâtre du forum in Falaise and Thursday April 7, at the Caen Memorial museum

A dozen historians will come to present their reflections on the remains left by the conflict (the fighting, the exodus, the suffering, affected people life...) which remain in the families long after the war is over.

Download the programme below:


Master's theses

Students in contemporary history will work this academic year on the theme of Reconstruction.

The subjects, whose titles may still be evolving, are the following:

  • Ruins and reconstruction in Falaise
  • The return to democracy and Liberation in the Falaise region
  • The ruins of the Second World War in the great &martyred city of Évrecy
  • The memory of WWII ruins through family testimonies

Share this page