Intangible Heritage and extra-european collections

Museum: Musée d'Angoulême
Years: until 2013

Musée d'Angoulême

Different domains of intangible cultural heritage are represented in the museum through objects, explanation joined and programmation of conferences, concerts, play or danse: rites, beliefs, knowledge and knowhow, songs and dances. We try, when it is possible, to collect with the object the full documentation and notably photographs, videos and audio recordings. New projects are in the making, like the creation of an exhibition room in 2018, dedicated to our collections of instruments and a specific programmation linked, and experiments with participative museography with some communities, like the maoraise community.

Intangible Heritage and extra-european collections

Description of the project / practice / program

In 2013, the Museum of Angoulême has created a transmedia tour in its extra-european collections. The purpose of this project was to reinforce the context of use and production of some African and Oceanian objects and bring their intangible part to light. This project was a collaboration with the Theodore Monod of African Arts of Dakar (Senegal) and the high school of arts of Angouleme in fine arts, movies, video game and cartoons. All the propositions that highlight dance, singing or song, religious beliefs, rites in wich the objects are used, were introduced in the permanent exhibition of the both museums. Some of the students have built their creation during a travel in Senegal.

How were practitioners of intangible cultural heritage involved?

There were different participants in this project: some students that have produced contents based on their impression in front of the objects and with their creativity and special technicity; some people issued from the civil society that propose their look and knowledge on some objects and finaly, French and Senegalese art professionals that crossed their documentation, kowledge and vision on this African heritage.

CV of the author

Qualified in History of art at the School of Louvre and the University of Sorbonne, Emilie Salaberry is specialised in african arts. After several years as assistant of the Musée d'Angoulême's director, she became the director of the museums and archives of the city of Angoulême in 2017 that conserve industrial heritage linked to the paper-maker past of the city, paleontologic and archeologic collections from the time of the dinosaur to the medieval period extracted from local sites, extra-european arts and fine arts.


  • Multimedial artistic interpretations of intangible cultural heritage practices can offer museum visitors a deeper understanding of a tradition or skill. 




22 March 2018 from 15:00 to 15:00



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