Last testimony on coal mining in the Tarn, the departmental mine museum sheds both technical and social lights on seven centuries of coal-mining history. The headframe and the descent of the shaft leads to the discovery of 350 meters of rebuilt galleries where machines and tools are presented in situation, in order to share the miner’s work and living conditions.
Permanent showrooms evoke the social history that forged the identity of these places and men who worked on the lands of Jaurès. Finally, temporary exhibitions enhance the industrial and environmental mining patrimony.
From 2 june to 4 december 2017, the departmental mine museum highlights the Colleries’ politic in favour of the miners and their families’ vacations, from the 1950s till late 1970s, through the exhibition « Dad’s holidays».
This exhibition features summer camps for kids and family’s holidays in houses rented by the Collery Group and in campsites. Several pictures from Malphettes’ array belonging to the departmental mine museum’s collection are tapped. They’re combined with oral testimonies, videos and families’ pictures lent by miners who benefited from the Colleries “vacations” measures.
A unique site in Occitania, Carmaux’s museum-glass art centre is settled in the first royal glassware’s site. Every year, from mai to october, the museum-glass art centre presents two exhibitions : one dedicated to contemporary glass art, the other to glasswares from the Tarn region. At the same time, the workshop offers glass blowers’ demonstrations. The Carmausin-Ségala community of municipalities thus points out to the visitor the importance of the glass industry, alongside the mining one.
In 2017, 2 temporary exhibitions will be offered :
- Lucie and Paul Bernard’s collection, contemporary glass 1980-1990. A selection of works from Lucie end Paul Bernard’s private collection offers the visitors to discover, or rediscover, one of the most creative period of the glass. Icons’ works from 1980s-1990s are shown: Leperlier brothers, Yan Zoritchak, Claude and Isabelle Monod, Novaro, Alain Guillot, Van Lith, Mieke Grootand and among the most well-known European glasswares : Venini (Italy), Riihimäki (Finland), Kosta Boda (Sweden).
- Glass and photography itinerary(ies) : Tonkin/Yunnan/Tanus. A photographic exhibition which invite visitors to take the road, in the footsteps of the engineer Paul Bodin, from Tanus, Tarn, to the faraway lands of Tonkin and Yunnan, China. The ingenious designer has marked these landscapes, here and there by the construction of impressive metallic works, from the Viaur’s viaduct, to the chinese railway line.
Push St Jacques chapel’s door and hold your breath : you will find Monestiés’ treasure here!
From 1774, this former hospital, on the way to Santiago de Compostela, houses a magnificent masterpiece, classified as historic monument, representing the three last scenes of the Passion of the Christ. This impressive set is composed of 20 polychrome limestone statues, commissioned by Louis d’Amboise in 1490.
Did you know that Louis Amboise, the statues’ main sponsor, knew also how to party? Discover how he organized in 1492 festivities in honour of the dauphin through 20 graphic panels illustrating a fest in the Middle Ages. (Exhibition accomplished by the departmental archives of Tarn)
Located in a host house from the XVth century, the museum holds spanish refugees Martine Véga and Francisco Bajen’s paintings. Discover these two artists’ work through a thematic exhibition, renewed every year.
On this year’s theme « games and hobbies », find out about two painters, two styles and two univers, at once naive and colourful.
This lively space is composed of books written by Jean Jaurès, others on the well-known orator (inherited from one of August Canac’s descendant, friend and fellow traveller of Jean Jaurès at the municipality), of recorded soundtracks made of reading texts written by Jean Jaurès himself, of pictures…