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A visit to the Jean & Denise Letaille Museum

Bullecourt 1917

Half an hour from the city of Arras, in the Hauts-de-France region, the commune of Bullecourt has many treasures in store. As soon as you arrive, the Bullecourt 1917 Museum – Jean & Denise Letaille opens the way to the past: a collection of objects dating from the Great War awaits you to tell their story …

A captivating visit that embarks young and old in the heart of memories of Bullecourt.

An unusual discovery...

A heavy machine gun, a tank turret, disemboweled gas canisters…That’s what two residents of Bullecourt stumbled upon one fine day while working in their fields. Spit out by the earth that saw these battles take place, these pieces originating from Australia, Germany and the United Kingdom became the object of an unusual collection for Jean and Denise Letaille.

Installed from then on in the barn of the farming couple, on April 15, 2012, with the support of the Australian government in particular, the Bullecourt 1917 Museum was inaugurated a few weeks after the death of Jean Letaille, whose voice still accompanies the visitors of the museum.

In Artois, Bullecourt takes action

The Jean and Denise Letaille Museum plunges its visitors into the heart of the Bullecourt battles, two offensives that were part of the great Battle of Arras in the spring of 1917.

In fact, during this period in Bullecourt, a large-scale attack that occurred in Arras echoed among the soldiers of British troops. In support of a successful offensive in Artois on Vimy Ridge on April 9 by the British Empire Army, Australian and British troops at Bullecourt attacked in turn, the Hindenburg Line on the morning of April 11, 1917.

Although they managed to penetrate the enemy lines, faced with the lack of support and the violent German counterattack, the Australians were forced to retreat. But the Allies persisted. On May 3, 1917, after a fortnight of fighting, the village of Bullecourt was retaken from the Germans.

Bullecourt Museum 1917:

the History of a commune

The Bullecourt 1917 Museum of Jean & Denise Letaille plays the card of authenticity: war arsenal and personal effects of soldiers are accompanied throughout the visit by a worked scenography, unpublished films and authentic photos. A collection but above all the remnants of a struggle for freedom and a poignant tribute to our Australian allies, as well as to the bereaved families.

The Museum of Bullecourt 1917 – Jean & Denise Letaille plunges you into the daily life of the soldiers, sometimes brutally but always with accuracy, with the support of an admirable collection. Cigarette cases, combs, and razors… Each piece reveals a journey, a story lived, moments. A work of memory, that of a life. A first step that perfectly illustrates the Australian Memory Road, in Bullecourt.

Visit of the Bullecourt Museum 1917 - Jean & Denise Letaille :

our practical information

The Bullecourt Museum 1917 – Jean & Denise Letaille opens its doors to you at the following times:

Address and contact

Musée Jean & Denise Letaille, 1 bis rue d’Arras, 62128 Bullecourt.

Tel +33 (0)3 21 55 33 20


Opening period

April through September, the museum is open:

  • Tuesday and Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 1:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Mid-February through March and October through mid-December, the museum is open:

  • Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.