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Reviewed 27 May 2014

We visited this site while staying in Le Touquet and enjoyed the museum/visitor centre. The exhibits, and especially the table showing the layout of the battle with the positions of the two armies, were good and the descriptions were all interesting.

The films with the animated talking figures were not so good though and the figure of Henry V had a rather grotesque face. Maybe the French getting their own back? It did not help that there was a group of Dutch people there at the same time who were taking the Mickey about the whole thing in rather loud voices.

The surrounding countryside was lovely. We were given a map of the battlefield location that was difficult to follow. It showed an orientation table sited near to the site but it was difficult to work out from this where the events actually took place. A little more clarity in this respect would have helped. Overall though it was a very worthwhile visit.

1  Thank Kenneth F
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Reviewed 20 April 2014

I find it shocking that this place costs more than the Louvre for a family of 4 (they charge under-26's). It is nice that there is a museum, as the battlefield has limited signage. However, other than a few placards, there is very little historical information about the war and battle and a good BBC documentary is much more informative. There was a very random audio-visual display and a small armor display. I gave it a 2-star instead of 1 bc we'd gone way out of our way and I have to feel it was at least somewhat worth it.

2  Thank oliviapulley
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Reviewed 9 April 2014

The theatrical antics of Robin Hood interested me little and the sharp shooting ideals of olympic style accuracy I found laughable. I have read numerous historical accounts of the fearsome English (and Welsh) archers at battles such as Falkirk in 1298, Crécy in 1346 and Agincourt in 1415. This interest lead me to buying a bow, joining a club and taking up the sport of archery in a competitive capacity. The film Henry V and the St Crispin day speech by Kenneth Branagh is an absolute classic and motivated me to make a pilgrimage to France to see the actual battlefield and take a tour of the museum dedicated to the battle.

The day of my visit mirrored the popular image of the day when the battle was actually fought. The rain was teeming down as we drive from Hesdin on the D928. The battlefield and the museum was clearly signposted as we neared the village of Azincourt. On the approach to the museum there were a number of painted figures on shaped wooden panels depicting archers, knights and foot soldiers. The quality of the artwork was quite infantile and actually made us smile (well..... laugh out loud to be honest).

The lady at the cashier point asked where we had came from and finding out we had come from the UK she told us that films within the exhibition would be viewed in English at specific times.

My first impression was rather disappointing - it seemed that the museum was more of pictures and illustrations supported by a lots text. It was essentially reading an illustrated book on walls. I was stunned at some of the inaccuracies in facts that I had read from previous academic sources. Upstairs was more interesting with more hands on and educational exhibits. There was a device comprising of a rope (which was to simulate a bow string) attached to a weight and you got the chance to experience the draw weight of a long bow. There was also a number of exhibits to try on or feel armour, archers leather and cloth jerkins, swords etc.

There were some movie exhibits, in English - at certain times, and a tacky talking head made from film projected onto a manekin.

Similar to the awful artwork outside on the roads leading to the village and the museum there were more frightful exhibits using ‘Action Man’ dolls. I had a few of the Action Man figures when I was a boy and it was funny to see the standard commando figure (with scar on cheek) and the sailor (which the closely trimmed beard). The museum had these figured dressed up in the costumes of the English and French armies to show you who was involved in the battle or to re-enact scenes.

I think that had the French won the battle there would be more effort on making a higher quality museum. But it was an interesting, and amusing, experience all the same.

2  Thank bill_a_graham
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Reviewed 27 March 2014

Being 'in the trade' (historical) I was interested to visit the museum & site with the anniversary coming up next year, and staying nearby provided an opportunity.
I was very taken by the design of the entrance and the loos were good but was a bit disappointed by the dated interpretation. The 'talking head' projections of the first a/v seemed misaligned and poor old Henry V looked like he was suffering from some odd facial disease; the 2nd a/v item - a plan of the battlefield with the story projected onto it - was a Kodak Carousel presentation probably state of the art back in the 70's or 80s, but the centre opened in 2001 (I think) so they should have spent a bit extra to get more modern techniques. The 3rd a/v went on about the date as thought it was one of the most important in history.
The displays were so 'wordy' I rather lost interest - and I'm interested in history!
Contemporary objects on display were interesting, although the English translations raised a smile (but there were translations) and on a first floor display area were exhibits on the weaponry of the period which I found fascinating. Figures with monitors for faces here didn't seem to be working but resembled figures with cardboard boxes on their heads. Some suspended, dome-like audio speakers reminded me of 'Beam me up Scottie' contraptions and rather than contain the sound it seemed to 'bleed' everywhere.
There didn't seem to be much on sale in the shop where a decent (English) guide could have served a need.
I'm glad we didn't walk the battlefield as even a slow drive around it revealed little of interest in the agricultural fields - apart from a memorial.
Had a beer & sandwich in the Café Charles VI just down the road - and I can appreciate why we were the only ones in there!

1  Thank Tony C
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Reviewed 29 December 2013

Not as close to Calais as the map suggests and took longer to get to than we expected. When we arrived we seemed to be the only visitors and they turned the lights on for us!
There is an informative collection of arms and armour, together with explanations of the facts surrounding the battle. The audiovisual display was unusual but quite interesting.
As I am interested in Medieval history I enjoyed the visit, if you're not really interested there's not enough to make a trip sensible.
The battlefield (in the rain) was difficult to make head or tail of.

Thank RobertEaston
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