The museums of Albert and Félicie Demard
Providing a testament to country life in an immense château…This is an audacious challenge but one that has been successfully achieved by the Museum of Popular Arts and Traditions of Champlitte. Entering through a splendid Renaissance façade you then plunge into the everyday life and crafts of the farmworkers of yesteryear (late XIX Century): wickerwork, baking, shoe making, ironing, etc. This rather extraordinary collection was brought together by one man, Albert Demard, who was fascinated by the simple and authentic way of life of his forebears. This journey into the past would not be complete without a visit to the Arts and Techniques Museum, a project by Albert Demard’s son, which provides a wonderful lesson on the impact of the inventions of the XX Century (steam engine, electricity…) on industry and artisanal crafts.