Genesis of the project
Since 2010, the Country the Loire Valley of Aubois is certified "Country of art and history" by the Ministry of Culture. He so committed in an approach of raising awareness of the inhabitants, the young audience, the visitors and the professionals to the architectural and landscaped quality. The project which stands out as lever for the development of the territory for already more than a decade is the one of the valuation of the industrial heritage. Although this territory is rural, we can see the tracks of an important industrial life in the first one then second half there of the XIXth century. Blast furnaces, forges, houses of workers, channels and factories are the visible witnesses of this past among which researchers and associations develop knowledge. The Val d' Aubois so qualifies himself, for the specialists, as an example of the French case of the development of the industry in rural areas. This strong axis juxtaposes with other types of built and landscaped heritage : religious heritage, strengthened heritage, natural heritage and finally rural and vernacular heritage (barns with canopy, wash houses, mills, etc.).
The cultural project "Country of art and history associates in its approach all the elements, the natural, landscaped, architectural and urban heritage and the furniture, the technical and ethnological heritage, which contribute to the identity of a territory by associating the citizens and by implying the actors who participate in the architectural and landscaped quality of the living environment.
The idea to implant a center of interpretation in this former industrial site at the edge of the canal of Berry is already evoked in the application file of the "Country of art and history" label. This heritage testifies of a rich industrial past in particular with the oven Hoffman of the beginning of the XXth century, made up of two parallel galleries 32 meters in length.