During the two weeks of the museum’s annual closure, the teams work in all directions to preserve the works with jealous care, and to welcome the public in optimal conditions all year round.
Since Monday January 16, the Champollion museum has been closed to the public for the next two weeks. But behind the open iron doors, the heart of the museum continues to beat. At the reception, four agents take care of emptying the windows of the hall, and proceed to the inventory of the stocks of the shop, made up of thousands of cards, books, jewels… In the rooms, Stéphanie Lebreton, deputy director, and his colleague Anna Bougon are working on the “ten-year inventory”, this exhaustive inventory of the objects and works exhibited. In the position of ancient scribes, they are busy, extremely concentrated this afternoon, around funerary statuettes, the Usheptis.
“We do preventive conservation, explains Stéphanie Lebreton. This work, as well as our permanent attention to hygrometry, temperature etc., saves us from having to carry out curative conservation. »
The curators will take almost all the pieces out of their showcases, so that the cleaning team – Isabelle Thiolière and Alexandre Lacaze, seconded by the town hall – track down dust and other traces in the smallest corners, walls and floors included, on more than 800 m2 of exhibition space, “which allows after fifteen years to have a museum like new”, rejoices Céline Ramio, director of the museum.
With Laurie Delclaux, in charge of public relations, and the rest of the team, she devotes this fortnight of relative calm to the next summer exhibition. From June 24 to October 1, its theme will be the text-image relationship. “There will be three exhibitions in one, describes the director. First, illustrated bibles, peddling books with Epinal images… will help to understand how illustration has gradually gained in importance. Another part will be dedicated to children with an alphabet by illustrator Marion Arbona! Finally, to enter the world of ancient Egypt, we will exhibit plates from the book Petit Noun, the turquoise Egyptian hippopotamus from the Louvre…” The museum will reopen to the public on Wednesday 1 February. And from Thursday, February 2 at 6:30 p.m., the museum will join forces with the Knowledge Factory for the conference by Jérémie Danna, researcher at the CNRS, on “Handwriting in the digital age”, in the annex to the museum.