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Workshop in Bordeaux, 28. August bis 1. September 2022

"Cultural Heritage in Bordeaux:  Actors and Institutions"


SUNDAY 28th of August 2022 at 2pm


2.00 pm Welcome Picnic and Come Together at the Parc Peixotto (Talence)

4.00 pm Presentation of the Project Goals and Participants


MONDAY 29th of August 2022


10 am Guided tour of Bordeaux (in English)


12.15 pm Lunch buffet

Opening speeches by Antoine Ertlé, vice-president of Bordeaux Montaigne University and Luise Holke, director of the Goethe-Institut Bordeaux

Bibliothèque Mériadeck, 25 cours du Maréchal Juin, Bordeaux, salle André Berry 


1.45 pm The heritage collections of the Library of Bordeaux: an overview

by Clotilde Angleys and Matthieu Gerbault, curators at the Library of Bordeaux (Auditorium) 


2.15 pm Montaigne, Montesquieu and the XVIIIth century in the collections of the library

Visit of the library stores (two alternating groups) 


4.15 pm How to keep Montesquieu's home alive?

by Isabelle Oberson, director of the Castle of La Brède


4.45 pm Workshop: what are the skills and tasks of a library curator?


6 pm Presentation of the FuCuHe project results: digital platform and internship data base

by Kaspar Renner


8 pm  Dinner at the restaurant Le Bistro du Sommelier

163 Rue Georges Bonnac, Bordeaux


TUESDAY 30th of August 2022


10 am Transnational Project Meeting at Bordeaux Montaigne University (in presence and online, only for FuCuHe project coordinators)


Free access to the collections of the Musée d’Aquitaine (20 cours Pasteur, Bordeaux) from 11 am on


12 pm Lunch at the restaurant Le New York

4 Cours Pasteur, Bordeaux


2 pm Guided tour at the Musée d’Aquitaine :

Bordeaux in the 18th century: Atlantic trade and slavery


This section of the museum shows the great transformations of Bordeaux in the 18th century and show that the city's new prosperity was largely based on its involvement in the Atlantic trade and slavery, with a significant presence in the French colony of Saint-Domingue.


Presentation by Christian Block, curator at the Musée d'Aquitaine in charge of the medieval and modern collections (French/English).


3.45 p.m. Coffee break


4. p.m.  Workshop: Round Table about professional practices at the Museum


4.40 p.m. Presentation of the cenotaph of Michel de Montaigne


The famous cenotaph of Michel Eyquem de Montaigne (1533-1592) is one of the most emblematic works in the collections of the Musée d'Aquitaine. Sculpted at the end of the 16th century, it occupied the site of the Feuillants convent, where the illustrious thinker was buried. Classified as a historical monument, it has since undergone several moves, a fire and haphazard repairs. Its restoration in 2017 has allowed to give it back all its coherence, and to initiate a research program around its presumed tomb.


Presentation by Christian Block and Laurent Védrine, director of the Musée d'Aquitaine (French/English)


5pm Screening: Montaigne et le tombeau mystérieux

Documentary film by Pauline Coste. 2021, 52 min. (English subtitles).


Has the tomb of the famous philosopher been found in the reserves of the Musée d'Aquitaine, in the heart of the city of Bordeaux? The film shows an extraordinary archaeological investigation, where archaeologists and historians will work hand in hand to unravel the mystery of a 500 year old tomb...


The screening will be followed by a discussion with Christian Block and Laurent Védrine


8 pm Cocktail dinner at the Espace Beaulieu

145 rue de Saint-Genès, Bordeaux


Wednesday 31st of August 2022


11 am - 4 pm   Visit of the Musée des arts décoratifs et du design

39 Rue Bouffard, Bordeaux


Thursday 1st of September 2022


11 am - 4 pm   Visit of the Cité du vin



Friday 2nd of September 2022


End of the workshop / Travel day