Archaeology in Museums and national identities in Europe (1848-1914) : A legacy in search of new Challenges for the 21st century
From 06 December 2017 to 08 December 2017

St-Germain-en-Laye (78) RER A - Station Saint-Germain-en-Laye - exit « château »

Théâtre Alexandre Dumas


Housed in the castle of Saint-Germain-en-Laye the “Musée des Antiquités celtiques et gallo-romaines” was officially inaugurated for the Universal Exhibition in Paris on 12thMay 1867.

This new museum was part of an emblematic movement, which started about 1800, and took shape during the second half of the 19thcentury.

1867-2017. This international conference marks the 150th anniversary of the opening of the “MAN” which cannot be considered without taking into consideration the intellectual and political context of Europe, or the interaction between different scientific disciplines at the time of its inauguration. This anniversary provides the opportunity to bring together specialists from all over Europe to discuss the issues that archaeological museums were faced with at the time they were founded. This meeting will provide the opportunity to consider the choices that were made within a historiographical perspective, and, more broadly, to mirror with museum displays the political or historical backdrop of the time.

From yesterday to today, what are the practical realities and politics concerning museums in each country? These questions are at the heart of a renewed tangible or ideal environment for archaeological museums and will be topic for discussion.


Anne LEHOËRFF, professeur des universités, Université de Lille III, Vice-présidente du Conseil national de la recherche archéologique, Membre de l’Institut Universitaire de France

Catherine LOUBOUTIN, conservateur général du patrimoine, adjoint au directeur du Musée d’Archéologie nationale - Domaine national de Saint-Germain-en-Laye, responsable de la politique scientifique


15 € (Students : 10 €)

The programme is available to download below

Entrance of the musée d’Archéologie nationale. Photo © MAN / Valorie Gô



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