Les Amis du Vieux Château de Brie-Comte-Robert

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Les Amis du Vieux Château de Brie-Comte-Robert

Tel : 06 62 74 87 57

Tel : 0164056331

Email : chateau-de-brie@rempart.com

Heritage site : www.amisduvieuxchateau.org

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Les Amis du Vieux Château de Brie-Comte-Robert
Centre d’Interprétation du Patrimoine
1 rue du Château
77170 Brie-Comte-Robert

The castle of Brie-Comte-Robert, classified as a Historic Monument since 1925, was built by Robert 1st of Dreux, brother of King Louis VII the Fat, after his return from the crusade, in the second half of the 12th century. Located in the city center and isolated by a moat, it is the subject of a historical and archaeological study program, as well as a progressive restoration program.

The association " Les Amis du Vieux Château de Brie-Comte-Robert " aims to promote a cultural and educational action based on archaeological and historical knowledge for the safeguard, rehabilitation and enhancement of the heritage of Brie-Comte -Robert and his region.

Through archaeological excavations, archival research and a progressive restoration of the castle, volunteers have actively participated in the development of the monument since 1982.

During 30 years, an exhaustive excavation of the site of the Old Castle organized by the association, made it possible to uncover the buried structures of the site and to deliver tens of thousands of objects which are still the subject of studies and syntheses. The team of volunteers studies, in parallel, all the old documents relating to the city of Brie-Comte-Robert and the history of its castle with a systematic return to the sources of archives. Internships train in the practice of paleography.

The archeology of the building made it possible to develop methods of surveys and processing of photos that the association wishes to share by organizing training courses in digital image, combining field observations and computer tools. These techniques are applied to the study of the lapidary by photogrammetry and 3D modeling.

At the same time as the updating of the structures, in particular of the stately home, the association established a program of restoration and enhancement of the site, in conjunction with the chief architect of the Historic Monuments and the town.

This restoration, entrusted to the initiative of the association, continues regularly from year to year, with internships and international building sites of traditional masonry and stone cutting , in order to give back to the castle the readability that it deserves.

Currently, the stately home is the subject of regular campaigns to restore and protect the remains, so that the entire site becomes accessible and understandable to the public.

In addition to these restoration actions, the association has created a Heritage Interpretation Center and an archaeological research base. These two contemporary buildings, harmoniously integrated inside the enclosure, are entirely managed by the association and volunteers have free access 24 hours a day. A living space and a dormitory allow a friendly and cultural welcome.

The association has a regular activity, throughout the year, to carry out all these projects and the weekend sites mobilize the members of the association.

The educational activity of the association has been permanent since 1985. The discovery of the site and the many workshops offered to teachers and educators make the castle a major educational place in Seine-et-Marne. The association also leans towards the family public by offering activities for the individual public. In addition to the association's employees, volunteers regularly participate in these mediation actions.

All archaeological research and restoration work is subsidized by the municipality of Brie, the department of Seine-et-Marne, the Île-de-France region, the Regional Directorate for Cultural Affairs and the Regional Directorate for Youth and sports.

Patrons are helping to carry out this vast project, thanks to their technical or financial assistance.

The association has welcomed classes and groups of children since 1985. Each year, nearly 3,500 pupils and young people, from the Little Section to the Terminale, are received by the teaching team. The discovery of the site is made during an active visit and adapted to the age of children or young people, many workshops are offered as part of educational projects carried out jointly by teachers-association and educators-association. Each workshop was developed from archaeological or historical discoveries.

Specific educational projects are regularly developed with our education manager and teachers, educators and animators, such as the discovery of heritage professions, creation of a medieval-inspired garden, etc. These projects can take place over one or more days. , even during school holidays.

Heritage project managed by the association

Heritage site managed by the association