Heritage Days 2024 at the National Archives in Pierrefitte-sur-Seine (93)

Published by Cécile de Sortiraparis · Published on July 18th, 2024 at 03:21 p.m.
On the occasion of the Journées du Patrimoine, come and discover how the Archives Nationales works at Pierrefitte, on Saturday September 21 and Sunday September 22, 2024. Don't miss a behind-the-scenes look that's usually closed to the public!

Once again this year, for the Journées du Patrimoine (Heritage Days), the National Archives in Pierrefitte are opening their doors to us on Saturday September 21 and Sunday September 22, 2024, to let us discover how they work, their history, and the secrets kept behind these walls.

Under the authority of the French Ministry of Culture, the National Archives are responsible for collecting, preserving, restoring and promoting the documents of public bodies, in order to keep a documented record of thehistory of France since the 7th century. There are several conservation sites in France, but the head office is located in Pierrefitte-sur-Seine, Seine-Saint-Denis. On its website, the institution states that " the Pierrefitte-sur-Seine site preserves archives dating from after the French Revolution and archives of private origin. "

To find out more about this institution, which dates back to 1790, come to Pierrefitte for the Journées du Patrimoine. What better way to discover France's past than at this major cultural event, which showcases the country's historical treasures?

The 2024 Heritage Days program at the National Archives in Pierrefitte-sur-Seine-Seine

  • Workshop for young audiences "In the footsteps of the Fratellini family".
    Saturday, September 21, 2:00 p.m.

    In the footsteps of the Fratellini family" workshop

    Using the Fratellini family archives held at the Archives nationales, build the circus tent of your dreams and discover the destiny of a great family known the world over.
    From age 6
    From 2 pm to 6 pm Saturday non-stop

  • Anti-Semitism in Action, 1940-1944" mini-exhibition guided tour
    Saturday, September 21, 2:15pm

    Guided tour of the exhibition

    Anti-Semitism in action, 1940-1944

    From 1940 onwards, the Vichy regime introduced a series of measures legalizing anti-Semitic persecution. Gradually, the noose tightened around the so-called "Jewish" population, subject to an increasingly strict and coercive regulatory framework. The "suppliques", letters formulating requests for exceptions to these racial laws, were then an attempt - often desperate - to escape these measures.

    This mini-exhibition shows the implacable logic of the legislative apparatus, the consequences of these measures for the populations concerned, and the contrasting individual reactions to this state anti-Semitism.

    Guided tour Saturday, 2:15pm

  • Guided tour of the National Archives - Pierrefitte-sur-Seine site
    September 21 and 22

    Tours of the

    building Come and discover what goes on behind the scenes of this contemporary building housing the History of France over fifteen centuries. What precious documents are stored in these kilometers of shelving? Can we access all the documents produced by the State?

    Guided tours on Saturday at 2:30, 3:00, 4:00 and 5:00 pm
    Guided tours on Sunday at 2:00 pm (LSF), 2:30 pm, 3:00 pm, 4:00 pm and 5:00 pm

  • Visit to the restoration, bookbinding and gilding workshops
    September 21 and 22

    Visit the restoration, bookbinding and gilding workshops

    This guided tour will take you inside the National Archives' restoration and photography workshops, where you'll discover exceptional skills and know-how. Art technicians from the Archives Nationales will welcome you and introduce you to their trade.

    Guided tours on Saturday at 2:30 pm, 3:30 pm and 4:30 pm.
    Guided tours on Sunday at 2:30 pm, 3:30 pm and 4:30 pm.

  • Guided tour of the "Archives explore time! The permanent exhibition".
    September 21 and 22

    Guided tour of the exhibition

    Archives explore time! The permanent exhibition

    Unravelling the thread of time around 80 documents and objects, from the Middle Ages to the present day, this new exhibition takes a different approach to history, using the written word, maps, photography and digital technology. You'll explore "the path of republican law" and "the archives of intimacy", discover the cartography and photography of the territories around Paris, enter the story of a life "from birth to death", and more.

    Free admission - Guided tours Saturday and Sunday at 4 p.m.

  • Workshop "Awaken your inner athlete!"
    Sunday, September 22, 2:00 p.m.

    Workshop "Awaken your inner athlete!

    Come along as a family to make your own medal from archival documents, and immortalize your sporting feat during a photo shoot.
    This workshop is offered as part of the traveling exhibition (RE)JOUER! 100 years of the Olympic Games in France, in partnership with Plaine Commune

    From age 6
    Sunday, 2 pm to 6 pm

It promises to be an exciting program. Happy Heritage Days in Seine-Saint-Denis!

Practical information

Dates and Opening Time
From September 21th, 2024 to September 22th, 2024

× Approximate opening times: to confirm opening times, please contact the establishment.


    59 Rue Guynemer
    93200 Saint Denis

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