All at the Archives! Discovery of the Departmental Archives and their reserves usually closed to the public (guided tours).

European Heritage Days 2023


On the occasion of the European Heritage Days, the Departmental Archives of Bouches-du-Rhône exceptionally open their backstage to the public. Come and discover this place of memory, which allows you to trace the past and present local history, as well as the variety and richness of the documents it preserves.
The main themes highlighted in 2023 are «treasures of the archives», «heritage of Sports», «Provençal language and culture»: - Guided tours of conservation stores (reserves) usually closed to the public. - Exhibition of archival documents from the 9th century to the present day: «treasures» of the archives (the most prestigious documents exceptionally taken out of the vault), «around the velodrome stadium of Marseille», Provençal language and culture, notarial records, recently restored documents. - Presentation of books and periodicals from the Archives library around the themes: the 100th anniversary of the Stade Marseillais Université Club (SMUC), the preparation centre for the Rugby World Cup in 2023 and the Olympic Games in Marseille in 2024; the place and image of women in sport from the 1920s to the 1950s.
The Departmental Archives also offer to consult, in the reading room, the website «Plus forts» developed in co-production with the INA (National Audiovisual Institute) containing videos of reports on sports competitions, athletes and sports venues in the Bouches-du-Rhône department.
Saturday, September 16 and Sunday, September 17, 2023 from 10 am to 6 pm (last admission at 5 pm). Duration of the visit: 1:15 a.m., departure every hour (10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m., 5 p.m.). All audiences. Free, without prior registration.

About the venue

18-20 rue Mirès 13003 Marseille
  • Archives

The Departmental Archives of the Bouches-du-Rhône, the collective memory of the department: Created during the French Revolution and placed today under the double supervision of the State and the Department, the Departmental Archives were installed in 2006 in the heart of the Euroméditerranée perimeter, in the new building of the Departmental Archives and Library (ABD Gaston Defferre) built by the Marseille architectural firm Vezzoni-Laporte. A huge hull called the pebble houses the written memory of the department and its inhabitants, more than 65 linear kilometres of documents of which the oldest dates back to the year 814\. Charters of the Middle Ages, registers of notaries, cadastral maps, administrative documents, maps, posters, letters, photographs, cd-rom are kept and communicated to the public in the reading room. The valorisation of the archives is proposed to all through a dynamic program of exhibitions, live shows, meetings, visits-workshops and via a website where is availa

Access: Metro: line 2 - Désirée-Clary or National stations/ Bus: line 35, 70 and 82 - Euromed/Arenc stop/ Tram: T2 and T3 - Silo/Arenc terminus/ Arvieux car park

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