| Introduction to the Museum
Introduction to the Museum
Welcome to the site of the virtual Museum of French Protestantism
The Pasteur Eugène Bersier Foundation, with the collaboration of the Historical Society of French Protestantism, created the site www.museeprotestant.org on Internet in January 2003, in order to present the history of French Protestantism.
Since 2005, the Museum has received subsidies from the Ministry of Culture and the Regional Council of Ile-de-France, enabling improvements to be made - such as translations, supplementary video clips and sound recordings, as well as accessibility to the visually impaired.
Aims of the Museum
The Museum has four main aims:
Above all, the Museum aims to explain the development of Protestant identity in France since the 16th century through its unique educational, instructive, and aesthetic presentation.
- to draw attention to the specific characteristics of Protestant Christianity,
- to portray the significant moments in the life of French Protestantism,
- to preserve images, texts, paintings and drawings that bear witness to the history of Protestants,
- to guide those who wish to acquire a better knowledge and understanding of the history of Protestantism.
Staff responsible for the Museum:
- La Fondation Pasteur Eugène Bersier, Pierre BARDON, President
- La Société de l'Histoire du Protestantisme Français (SHPF), Thierry DU PASQUIER, President.
Direction and Technical Staff:
- Fondation pasteur Eugène Bersier: Isabelle FIEVET-ROSSIGNOL, Michèle BREZEL,
- Bysens, Conception and development: André BUFFET, Luc LAUMAIN,
- Mosquito.Web, Graphic Design: Emmanuel ROUILLIER,
- Photography: Isabelle de ROUVILLE.
Scientific Advisory Council:
- 16th century: Bernard COTTRET,
- 17th and 18th centuries: Marianne CARBONNIER-BURKARD,
- 19th and 20th centuries: André ENCREVÉ,
- Theological consultant: André GOUNELLE.
- Claude CHAMPETIER DE RIBES,
- Jacqueline de ROUVILLE,
- Michel WIDMER,
- Rachel BARRAL,
- Anne DENIS,
- Daniel FRIES,
- Pascale GRUSON,
- Hélène GUICHARNAUD,
- Muriel de RAÏSSAC (deceased).
Translators and Revision Consultants:
- Eckart BIRNSTIEL (German),
- Claire-Lise CHEVALLEY (English),
- Nathalie MARIN (English),
- Doris STRICKER (German),
- Andrew ROSSITER (English Revision Consultant),
- Caroline LYNAS (English Revision Consultant),
- Christian d'ALBIS,
- Jean-Pierre BRETEGNIER,
- Catherine COSTE,
- Jérôme COTTIN,
- Bernard DELANNOY,
- François-Georges DREYFUS,
- Madame DRIANCOURT-GIROD,
- Sébastien FATH,
- Bertrand GIBERT,
- André GOUNELLE,
- Patrick HARISMENDY,
- Anne NEGRE,
- Annie NOBLESSE,
- Jean-Claude PEUGEOT,
- Bernard PISSINBONO,
- Bernard REYMOND,
- Louis SCHWEITZER,
- Sylvie de TURCKHEIM-PEY,
- Jean-François ZORN.
Photography and Editorial Credits:
- Société de l'Histoire du Protestantisme Français,
- Musée Calvin de Noyon,
- Bibliothèque Publique Universitaire de Genève,
- Société Évangélique de Genève,
- Musée de la Réformation de Genève,
- Musée du Désert,
- Musée Rochelais de l’histoire protestante,
- Société Biblique,
- Éditions Max Chaleil, Presses du Languedoc,
- Maison du Protestantisme Poitevin,
- Association les Vieilles Maisons Françaises,
- Association Patrimoine Huguenot d’Ardèche,
- Société Montalbanaise d’Études et Recherche sur le Protestantisme,
- Études Théologiques et Religieuses,
- Le Bouschet de Pransles en Vivarais,
- Fondation Le Corbusier,
- Jean-Pierre BRETEGNIER,
- Jean-Pierre NEGRE,
- Othenin d’HAUSSONVILLE,
- Muriel de RAÏSSAC (†),
- Bernard REYMOND,
- Isabelle de ROUVILLE,
- Lucie VERNIER.
The Pasteur Eugène Bersier Foundation and the S.H.P.F. wish to record their sincere gratitude to all who have contributed to the creation of this site.
The Museum Collection
Currently the Museum Collection consists of 1 000 references, 2 800 pictures and a bibliography of some 700 books and articles.
It is to be gradually enriched, especially by the addition of video clips and sound recordings.
The Collection is presented under three headings:
- Centuries: the history of French Protestantism is dealt with in chronological order, from the 16th to the 20th century.
- Themes: the presentation of material under the headings of regional, ecclesiastical, social and cultural data highlights the specific characteristics of French Protestantism.
- Works and Services: the contribution of French Protestants is presented through their works and their welfare services.
The Museum also provides:
- a multimedia library,
- a glossary with definitions of difficult terms,
- a memorandum of events illustrating the history of Protestantism in France,
- a list of guided itineraries and temporary exhibitions..
Since the beginning of 2006, the Museum material has been available in English and German. A complete translation of the Museum into English and German is currently in progress..
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