Several activities take place here
- A list has been made of protestant property in the area : temples, houses of prayer, churchyards, furniture, objects of interest, etc.,
- Local government commissions or private owners have indexed what needed to be protected or restored,
- Information bulletins are published describing the results of studies made on protestant property.
- Collections have been built up of furniture, costumes, jewellery, books, deeds and documents, which show how the protestants in Saintonge used to live.
You can see these collections every summer – they are included in exhibitions about protestantism held in the parish buildings of the Eglise reformée of the îles de Saintonge.
But in the future, they will be housed in a XIXth century building which has been converted into a cultural centre, in the commune of Tremblade (Charente-Maritime). The two collections of the present Maritime Museum are permanently on show there.
House of Protestantism in Charentes
19 rue du Bourg
The House of Protestantism
19 rue du Bourg 17530 ARVERT
- Site de la Maison de l’histoire du protestantisme charentais | Link
The French Protestant Museum of the West of France
12 kilometers south-west of Pouzauges, in “Le Bois Tiffrais” (or Tiffray), in the commune of Monsireigne, the Société d’histoire du protestantisme français has set up a museum in a building which has nearly always been in the hands of protestants since the XVIth century. It was redesigned as a “French château” at the end of the XIXth century.
Musée du protestantisme de Ferrières
Fondé en 1968, installé en 2010 dans ses nouveaux murs, le Musée de Ferrières a une double ambition qui fait son originalité.
Museum of Protestantism in the Vivarais region
The Museum of Protestantism in the Vivarais can be found in a XVth century fortified building, built in the Boutières style typical of the Ardèche, and classified as a historical site. It is in a little hamlet called Bouschet de Pranles (on the D2 between Privas and Les Ollières-sur-Eyrieux, and signposted from the Moulin à vent pass.)
Jean Calvin museum
Noyon is one of the largest historical cities in the north of France, situated 100km north of Paris. From 531 onwards it was a bishop’s see, (the first bishop was called Saint Médard). Between 641 and 660, Noyon was evangelised by Saint Eloi, whose remains are buried under the altar of the cathedral. This is one of the oldest gothic cathedrals in France and some parts of it date back to the XIIth century.
The protestant Museum in the Wassy barn
On the 1st March 1562, the Duc de Guise went to celebrate mass in Wassy and on his way back, forced open the doors of the barn where a thousand unarmed protestants were holding a religious service. The troops of the Duc de Guise killed at least a hundred men, women and children.