From June to September 2015, Chamonix invites you to discover and reflect on life in the valley 150 years ago, by virtue of themed exhibitions throughout the valley.
Discover the changing face of the valley during this crucial period: the Savoy region had been annexed by France four years previously, the railways were developing across the country, Napoleaon III, Emperor of France was building a new road to improve access to the valley and the hotel industry was expanding to accommodate the thousands of tourists flocking to Chamonix each summer…
1865 also corresponds with the end of the “small ice age” and the beginnings of photography. The opportunity to discover exclusive glacial landscapes through exceptional private photographic collections.
“The Treasures” of the Alpine Club
29th June 2015 to 17th April 2016.
- The Alpine Club, founded in London in 1857 by a group of mountaineering friends, is the first of its kind. It contributed enormously to the development of the « sport » during the Golden Age. Club members were encouraged to describe their climbs and to immortalise alpine landscapes. Hence the Alpine Club posesses a rich and unique collection of paintings, engravings, books, photographs, archive documents and artefacts.
- Chamonix will have the immense privilege of exhibiting the treasures of the Alpine Club during the year 2015
- 19th century mountain art, archives and artefacts: oil paintings, water colours, engravings, photographs, guide’s diaries…
Maison de la Montagne
Roped up: Guides and their Clients
29th June to 30th September 2015.
- Notorious partnerships, remarkable achievements, lifelong frienships, distant voyages, anecdotes! Exhibition of photos, portraits, itineraries and alpine maps.
The Grands Mulets, first high mountain refuge
29th June to 2sd November 2015.
- The Grands Mulets rocks were a landmark and resting point on the historic intinerary of Mont-Blanc long before the first shelter was built in 1853. A succession of huts with increased capacity were built on this strategic point. Photos from Rémy Fontaine’s private collection.
- Contemporary huts in the Mont-Blanc Massif (Cosmiques, Gouter)
Maison de la Mémoire et du Patrimoine
Glaciers and photography 1850-1870
13th June au 27th September 2015
- Glacial landscapes in the Chamonix Valley, between 1855 and 1870 : collection Rémi Fontaine and Chamonix archives.
The first “glaciologists”: Forbes, Agassiz, Tyndall, Venance Payot (alpinists, scientists and friends)
How are the glaciers fairing today? In collaboration with L. Moreau et S Couterrand.
Mountain Museum – Les Houches
Zacharie Ducroz, growing up in 1865
1st July 2015 to 30th April 2016
- Annexation in 1860, Napoléon III’s visit, improved access to the valley, farming and tourism, fighting for France in 1870… Proposed by the association Dans l’temps
Maison du Lieutenant – Servoz
The trials of travel to Chamonix in 1865
30th June 2015 to 17th April 2016, school holidays only, every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 2pm to 5pm.
Travelling to the Chamonix valley in the 1800′s. Geneva: gateway to the Alps. Exhibiton proposed by the association “Histoire et Traditions”.
Maison du village Argentière
In Jemima’s footsteps. 1865 : Tourism in 3D
16th June to 30th September 2015
Tourist activities and excursions in 1865. An exhibition of stereo images with the collaboration of Peter Blair.
Pôle Culturel at Vallorcine
19th travel and by-ways between Martigny and Chamonix
29th June to 21st November 2015. Every day except Wednesday and Sunday.
- Travel between Chamonix and Martigny in the latter 1800′s; evocation of trades related to Vallorcine. Proposed by the association Valorsnà
The Temple of Nature, the Glaciarium, the Grand Hôtel
- A crossroads of science, art, exploration and contemplation spanning the 19th century.
Aiguille du Midi
60th anniversary of the cable car construction
- Contemporary and extreme Alpinism