Partnership between local authorities and the Caen Mémorial museum
THE CAEN MÉMORIAL MUSEUM – A HIGH-PROFILE PARTNER
The Civilians in wartime Memorial, initiated and backed by local authorities, led by Pays de Falaise Communauté de Communes (local council community), has the support of a special partner - the Caen Mémorial museum.
The Caen Mémorial museum, which opened on 6 June 1988, specialises in 20th century history, from the First World War to the Fall of the Berlin Wall, with reconciliation as its central theme. It has 3 floors and 14,000 sq. metres of exhibition space, 5,600 sq. metres of which is for the museum’s permanent exhibition, and employs over a hundred permanent members of staff.
The Caen Mémorial museum has supported the Civilians in wartime Memorial project from its very outset, providing local authorities with its museum management expertise.
Using the scientific and educational excellence for which it is renowned, the Caen Mémorial museum led the design of the new memorial’s museography.
“This means that scenographic propositions will be both precise and exacting,” said Stéphane Grimaldi, managing director of the Caen Mémorial museum and a member of the Civilians in wartime Memorial’s Scientific Council. Every object, every document - whether in paper, sound or visual format - and every text will be accessible to the public (in terms of effective understanding and display) and, at the same time, will provide precise information. So there will be no question of including an object that does not meet a specific historical objective. In the same way, and so as to lend each object or document the full extent of its narrative force, the memorial’s scenography will strive to demonstrate the unique or exemplary nature of the choices made.”