To mark the 72nd anniversary of the Normandy Landings on June 6, 1944, and the Battle of Normandy, the Fabrique de Patrimoines en Normandie, a public establishment for cultural cooperation, held an international conference entitled ‘Patrimonialiser une mémoire sensible : le Mur de l’Atlantique’ (‘Making the Atlantic Wall, a meaningful place of remembrance, part of our heritage’). The conference was organised in conjunction with Norway’s Museum Vest network of museums in Hordaland and took place at Abbaye-aux-Dames in Caen on June 3-4, 2016.
Representing CIOS Jersey at the conference was our Press officer Tony Pike. Over eighty delegates representing official government and museums and other interested parties from Norway to the Basque region in southern France were in attendance. Attendees included Emmanuelle Dormoy, Vice President for culture in Normandy, and François-Xavier Priollaud, Vice Président au Conseil Régional Normandie en charge des Affaires Internationales, who thanked the Society for visiting and for our presentation.
Tony gave a twenty minute photographic presentation explaining the history & function of the Society with our ongoing projects, guided tours, aspirations, and work with young people to learn about our unique WW2 Occupation history.
Compared to many of the Atlantic Wall fortifications, Jersey’s are particularly well preserved and interpreted. We also have numerous and varied types in a small area which is a characteristic unique to the Channel Islands. Tony will be making further trips to the Atlantic Wall this year spreading the word about our unique and intact fortifications. This conference was an excellent opportunity for us, and has put Jersey firmly on the map to visit!
The Society thanks Xavier Souris at Maison de la Normandie et de la Manche here in Jersey for kindly putting us in touch with the conference organisers and we look forward to returning to France for the next one.