Sandrine Boyer
Sandrine Boyer
Rinko Kawauchi


The creation of this predominantly cultural facility renews the traditional division of museum-media library-cultural and associative life spaces. It is innovative in form and spirit: while respecting the constraints necessary for the viability of each of these entities, the project proposes to merge these different concepts in order to offer visitors a new approach to the cultural world. An approach that is expressed through the creation of universes. No matter the medium (books, paintings, photographs, prints, videos, sounds...) it is the work that counts above all.

Gathering and scripting in a single space the multiple resources on a subject to facilitate exploration and appropriation by everyone. This is the challenge that the project teams set themselves. Why did they do it? Because Les Franciscaines collections take all forms: from documentaries to pictorial masterpieces, from books to films, from the testimony of a Deauvillais to an artist's photograph.

Naïade Plante
Gilbert Hamel Collection


The thousands of documents acquired by the City have been divided into five multi-faceted worlds. Visitors will be able to access them in a very innovative way. In principle, the experience could resemble that of an Internet user surfing from one subject to another. Les Franciscaines will add a playful, interactive and intuitive scenarization in an environment that is intended to be optimal for consultation. For example, visitors to the Franciscaines could be drawn into the "Memory of Deauville" universe by a film shown on a terminal, and then discover its director and his links with the town. A gateway could naturally lead them to the "Entertainment, Music, Cinema" universe, to learn more about his other films, his career... the associated directors, they could finally see a second film and stay until late...

At Les Franciscaines, visitors will be active, masters of their choices between multiple scenarios, gateways and resources proposed. They will explore at their own pace to build their own knowledge, a walk induced by the collections in a place where one stays, a place that one ends up inhabiting.

When Franciscans opens, five universes will be available to the public. Each universe will give access to a digital library that will allow you to borrow documents to take home. These linked universes will be renewed in their theme every 4 to 5 years.


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14113 Villerville
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