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The Departmental Archives of the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence offer all year round, free of charge, in their premises or “outside the walls”, exhibitions, readings of archives and conferences on the history of the department open to all public.


The consultation of the archives and works of the study library is free and is done in the reading room, on registration at the reception of the Archives.

Exhibitions 2021-2022:

Abandoned places, Haute Provence over time:
In 1939, the Basses-Alpes appeared like the land of ghost villages, according to the journalist Georges Sadoul who traveled through them! Because in one century, between 1850 and 1950, in full rural exodus, their population was reduced by half: individuals and families leaving villages and hamlets, dreaming of a better world. If today, initiatives bring back to life places that were once forgotten, the land still bears the scars of this past: ruins. Armed with his camera, Pascal Hubert set out on the paths to discover vestiges sometimes overgrown by vegetation. It offers poetic images of it and reveals tenuous clues to the past: a neglected tombstone, an old tottering door, farther on, an ancient stony path or a century-old lock, the fragment of a stone, the ivy that soars on a wall... The texts that accompany the pictures tell a story, a story that bursts with colors and lights.
A publication is on sale at the Departmental Archives or by correspondence.
Departmental archives, until February 2022.
Free entry in compliance with health rules from Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 13 p.m. to 17 p.m.

Portraits of Haute-Provence. Vial and photography from the end of the 1930th century to XNUMX:
It is on a journey in images that Eugène Vial invites us, a few decades away. With more than 3500 shots, this important photographic collection offers a singular look at the life of the Bas-Alpins, from the extreme end of the 26th century to the middle of the 2021th century. They are only urban and rural landscapes with streets, buildings... or portraits of men, women and children, from all levels of society, captured in their daily life or posing in the photographer's studio, some haughty in full uniform or in their best clothes, others modest in their everyday clothes. Many soldiers mobilized during the Great War posed in front of the photographer, some for the last time. The views still show the changes in society and the irruption of modernity, with its planes, its automobiles... At the Departmental Archives, from November 2023, XNUMX until March XNUMX.
Free entry in compliance with health rules from Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 13 p.m. to 17 p.m.

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