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Jeanne Devos Museum, Wormhout

Jeanne Devos cameras
Jeanne Devos' professional camera equipment

Pioneer woman photographer
In the years after the Liberation of the North in 1944 (see Second World War), Jeanne Devos (1902-1989) one of the first women professional photographers, decided to make a record of the everyday lives of the ordinary people around her in the Flemish countryside.

Unique archive
Her life's work resulted in a unique record of a way of life that, even then, was obviously fast disappearing.

Life in the Flemish countryside
She travelled round the Flemish countryside, amassing over 100,000 photos of family moments, rural festivals, fairs and weddings.

These now form a record of a lost way of life in the rural communities of Flanders - archived and on display in this little museum dedicated to her collection.

Jeanne Devos cottage in Wormhout
Her simple cottage, now home to the Museum and to a unique archive recording a lost way of life.

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Jeanne Devos Museum, 17 rue de l'Eglise, WORMHOUT
Directions: Take exit 15 from A25 Dunkerque-Lille autoroute, then D17 2km to Wormhout.
From Cassel, 5km N on D916.
Information/ reservations:
Tel: 00 33 3 28 62 81 23

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Rural Life Museum © Copyright 2002 Invicta Media. Last updated 20th June 2002