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Witness to an industrial adventure of more than 160 years, the Cuivrerie de Cerdon is reborn in 2022 to offer you an incredible immersion in the secrets of the workshops and make you discover demonstrations of unique know-how.

REOPENING IN 2022

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Nestled in a village bathed in rivers conducive to industry, the copper factory of Cerdon was born in the era of machinery. Testifying to a rare know-how throughout the world, La Cuivrerie de Cerdon has transformed multiple metals for more than 150 years. Everyday utensils or prestigious objects, the latter has supplied both the great French kitchens and luxury hotels such as The Carlton Hotel in Monte Carlo .

A FAMILY HISTORY

The history of the Cuivrerie de Cerdon is first and foremost that of the Main family, who decided in 1836 to found a first metalworking workshop, before settling in 1867 in the heart of the village of Cerdon. Initially a specialist in weighing pans, its know-how developed rapidly to meet the needs of other industries of excellence at the time, and this is how the Copperworks of Cerdon equipped, for example, silk spinning mills, and in particular those of Claude-Joseph Bonnet's emblematic factory, a few kilometers further, in Jujurieux.

A FACTORY THAT SHINES THROUGHOUT THE WORLD

Over the years, the notoriety and talent of the Cuivrerie de Cerdon is such that it has become the official supplier of the French Art de Vivre, and shines throughout the world. From Tomioka, where it supplies 300 basins for Japan's first State silk spinning mill (now listed as a World Heritage Site), it also supplies the entire eastern world and the Maghreb market with trays, perfumes, teapots, lamps, Arab stirrups for equestrian parades...

 

For almost a hundred years, the copperworks never ceased to mechanize the work of coppersmiths. The beautiful epic will however suffer from the loss of the men of the family during the First World War. 

RENAISSANCE OF COPPERWORKS

On the initiative of two passionate Cerdonnais, it rose from its ashes in the 1970s and will be open to the public, while continuing production until 2011. In 2018, the Department of Ain decided to save the witness of a unique industrial adventure and to rehabilitate all the buildings, now protected as Historic Monuments. The objective: to make it an immersive cultural site, in which visitors will be immersed in the secrets of the workshops, revealed by incredible digital technologies, but also demonstrations of know-how and spectacular or playful devices.

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FOLLOW THE WORKSITE IN PICTURES - EPISODE 1: THE COLLECTIONS INVENTORY

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EPISODE 2: START-UP OF THE MACHINES AND RECORD OF KNOW-HOW

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Mission Stéphane Bern - Fondation du Patrimoine

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This ambitious project caught the attention of the Bern mission .

La Cuivrerie is one of the 121 monuments selected for the heritage lottery.

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CONTACT

contact@cerdonvalleedelain.fr

Owned by the Department of Ain since March 2018, an architectural and scenographic project is being carried out to transmit this emblematic heritage to the public.

This ambitious project caught the attention of the Bern mission.

La Cuivrerie is one of the 121 monuments selected for the heritage lotto.

The Cuivrerie is closed to the public for the duration of the work.

Planned opening in summer 2022.

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