Germaine Tillion Resource Centre

The Resource Centre is a convivial spot with seating for 25. It is equipped and designed to allow multiple approaches and uses, from visits by curious families to the work of individual researchers, not to mention meet-the-staff workshops, book presentations and small discussion groups.

An ergonomic space accessible to all

Located on Level 1, the Resource Centre offers:

  • 15 workstations on two parallel tables. The workstations are equipped with desktop computers, headphones, the possibility to connect one’s own laptop and a wireless internet connection.
  • 10 mobile multimedia stations, tablet-style, for individual and family visitors, which can be consulted from comfortable furnishings: chairs, sofas and poufs for children. The consultation furniture can be rearranged to create a space adapted for workshops, discussion groups, etc.

The Resource Centre has an information booth with staff to help you find what you’re looking for, a media library space and a pleasant, modular lounge that can be adapted for variety of purposes. As part of visitor services, it reflects the life of the museum, from research to cultural events.


Digital video and sound resources

The Resource Centre does not loan materials, but visitors are encouraged to peruse the periodicals, catalogues, works of popular science and graphic novels that are available in the lounge area. Most of the centre’s content consists of visual and sound archives that can be consulted on the available computers and tablets.

Patient collecting has made it possible to catalogue productions that until now were unavailable to the public. A search tool provides access to the catalogue, which includes two types of sources: in-house audiovisual productions (ethnographic films from the field work of museum researchers, visuals illustrating lab work), and outside productions from partner organizations (INRAP, CNRS, etc.).

Custom-made: digital documentation

In keeping with its educational mission, the Resource centre produces interpretative digital documentation around given themes, combining documents from the centre’s resources (visuals and audio) with written text. Each theme offers several levels of reading (overview or in-depth coverage lasting about an hour) and includes a bibliography referring to works available in the research library.

Several themes are already available: The History of the Musée de l’Homme, the Trocadero Ethnography Museum, The French Resistance network, architecture, major fields of research, collections, etc. Others will be added to this collection, notably relating to the temporary exhibitions, the auditorium and the Science Balcony (Balcon des sciences). Partnerships with other institutions will also enrich this body of works.

Germaine Tillion (1907-2008)

Born in 1907, Germain Tillion studied under Marcel Mauss and Louis Massignon, becoming an active member of the recently formed Musée de l’Homme team in the 1930s. An enthusiast ethnologist, she left for Algeria at the age of 25. From 1934 to 1940 she remained there, describing and recounting the life of the nomadic peoples of the Aurès mountains. In the field, she used film and photography to document these populations. In 1940, she joined the Musée de l’Homme network of the French Resistance. Arrested and deported to the Ravensbrück concentration camp in 1943, she wasn’t released until the end of the war, in April 1945. In 1954, she returned to Algeria where she discovered the tremendous changes underway in the society. A prominent figure in modern ethnology and an ardent defender of human rights, Germaine Tillion died in 2008. On 27 May, 2015, she was interred at the Pantheon.

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