Archives are the collective memory of the State and people, whether recent or distant memories, sources of information or precious relics. Coveted booty, a hateful symbol, strategic information, archives in times of conflict are at the mercy of those who would destroy them, confiscate them … their survival depends on the action of sentinels who watch over them.
While the fate of monuments, works of art and precious manuscripts in the event of war has been the subject of many books, exhibitions and films, the destiny of archives is relatively unknown.
This exhibition presents the adventures of these French archives, whether the outcome was happy or indeed tragic. Destructions, preservation, confiscations, reconstructions of our archival material are among the possible destinies of these documents during the various conficts between 1789 to 1945.
Archives Nationales, Hôtel de Soubise
60, rue des Francs-Bourgeois, 75003 Paris
Open from Monday to Sunday (closed on Tuesdays)
Weekdays: 10am to 5:30pm
Saturdays: 2pm to 5:30pm
Sunday : 2pm to 5:30pm
Tel. : +33 (0)1 40 27 60 96 – Fax. : +33 (0)1 40 27 66 45
Métro Rambuteau (line 11), Arts et Métiers (line 3). Bus routes 29 and 75