The pewter room: a Renaissance.
A two-voice visit with a volunteer from the Abigaïl Mathieu association.
The "salle des étains" is part of the heritage complex of the former hospital of Chalon-sur-Saône, founded in 1529 on the Ile Saint-Laurent. Access to the hospital on the Saône side used to be via a large vaulted gallery that led to this room. The gallery also served the patients' wards, the hospital kitchens and the sisters' refectory. Its location suggests that it was here that the sisters distributed meals to the poor.
In 2015-2016 a mould and fungus infestation was noted on the vaults of the tin room, due to seepage from the roof; the leak was sealed and repaired. In order to undertake the necessary curative treatments, the room was emptied of its collections. A survey, carried out by a specialist restorer, revealed the presence of an original plaster on the entire ceiling of the room and the access gallery. She noted the presence of a pink faux-apparatus decoration on the edges of the vaults, also identified in other buildings in the region dating from the late 16th and early 17th centuries.
The municipality of Chalon-sur-Saône, the Abigail Mathieu association and the Fondation du Patrimoine have joined forces to allow the reopening of this room. A polychrome decoration is once again legible. A new museography now highlights the collections of pewter and copperware, evoking the distribution of meals to the needy. These objects were themselves inventoried and cleaned by young people from the Rempart association and volunteers from the Abigäil Mathieu association, before opening to the public in September 2022.
Wednesdays from 12:30 to 13:30.
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