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Heritage Wednesday - The tin room of the old hospital

Guided tour in Chalon-sur-Saône
Free
  • The "tin room" is part of the heritage complex of the former hospital of Chalon-sur-Saône, founded in 1529 on the island of Saint-Laurent. Access to the hospital on the Saône side was 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 the "tin room" is a large piece of furniture, classified as a Historic...
    The "tin room" is part of the heritage complex of the former hospital of Chalon-sur-Saône, founded in 1529 on the island of Saint-Laurent. Access to the hospital on the Saône side was 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 the "tin room" is a large piece of furniture, classified as a Historic Monument, characteristic of hospital furniture, which fulfilled several functions: china cabinet, linen cupboard, pantry. With its imposing dimensions (more than six metres), this piece of furniture is the largest of its kind to be seen in Burgundy. In and around this piece of furniture, the collection of pewter tableware (17th-19th centuries) used in the past at the hospital in Chalon - inexpensive, practical and unbreakable - was displayed.

    In 2015-2016, an infestation of mould and fungi was noted on the vaults of the pewter room, due to infiltration from the roof; the leak was plugged 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 end of the 16th and beginning of the 17th centuries. This restoration campaign, costing €62,000 before tax, is being carried out by experts approved by the Monuments Historiques.

    The commune of Chalon-sur-Saône, the Abigail Mathieu association and the Fondation du Patrimoine are working together to allow this room to be reopened. A polychrome decoration is once again legible. A new museography will soon highlight the pewter and copper collections, evoking the distribution of meals to the needy. This restored room will be part of a coherent museographic tour with the sisters' refectory with its rococo woodwork dating from 1720.
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  • On August 17, 2022