Current events

  • Ménerbes Patrimoine has established an ambitious program to publish previously unpublished or out of print texts on the history of the village. A first text by Jacques Cossé, Rural life in Menerbes in the seventeenth century, has been reworked and enriched with illustrations by the historian Coline Polo and will be published soon. 
  • In collaboration with the Town Council, the association is undertaking the rehabilitation of communal pathways, fallen into disuse, to create a network of secure and clearly indicated rural footpaths around the village. A first calade (cobblestone path) leading to the chapel of Notre Dame des Graces is completed and we are continuing with the chemin des Cloches leading to the Porte Saint Sauveur. 
  • Under the direction of Christian Markiewicz, archaeologist, and in collaboration with the Town Council, the association is putting all its energy into the development of an architectural and archaeological inventory of the village and its surroundings. A team of volunteers has been set up to carry out the detailed documentation work.
  • In collaboration with the Town Council, Ménerbes Patrimoine is participating in the creation of a Maison du Patrimoine in the former Town Hall which has been abandoned for many years. Virginie Pineaud, architect/scenographer, is piloting the project to create a heritage center where visitors can discover the long history of the village. The emblematic nature of the building located in the historic centre of the village will be preserved, while a modern scenography will allow visitors to freely follow a circuit rich with archeological vestiges, historical objects and visual documents evoking the historical, social, artistic, religious, agricultural and economic history of Ménerbes.

Current events

17 September 2016
A visit of Saint Castor’s Cave with an introduction to edible wild plants as part of the Journées Européennes du Patrimoine. The visit ended with a an aperitif consisting of food made from wild plants.

24 September 2016
A conference by Christian Markiewicz, archaeologist, on the historical and archaeological heritage of Ménerbes at the Maison de la Truffe et du Vin.

29 December 2016
A conference by Yann Codou on the excavations that took place at Saint-Estève in Menerbes during 1991-1992, in the Town Hall.

15 July – 15 September 2017
A tribute to Joe Downing on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of his death: inauguration with a concert given by Les Musicales du Luberon of an exhibition of 24 works by the artist at the Maison de la Truffe et du Vin; an exhibition of photos of the artist by Brice Toul and Patrick Lefèvre at the Maison Dora Maar with an audio-visual of villagers’ testimonies; an outdoor projection of films about the artist on the place de l’Horloge; a reading of prose and poems of the artist by Jean-Paul Lucet and a lecture on the artist and his work by Pierre Provoyeur at the Maison Dora Maar.

16 September 2017
A visit of the Beaume Séguro, hiding place of the bandit, Pierre de la Vache, in the 17th century, followed by an aperitif with samples of food made from wild plants as part of the Journées Européennes du Patrimoine.

30 September 2017
Conference by Coline Polo on La vie de seigneur à Ménerbes et alentours (14e et 15e siècle), followed by an aperitif with dishes inspired by medieval recipes, at the Town Hall.

8 October 2017
Visit/lecture of the Mur de la peste with Jean-Marc Azorin.