Lourmarin in the Luberon had a village blacksmith for many years. Salagon Museum presents the forge used by the last of this long line of craftsmen. The exhibit depicts the forge in the 19th century, with the hood, bellows, tuyere at the bottom of the hearth to regulate air flow, anvils and companion.
The tools exhibited were selected from a collection of over one thousand objects acquired with the forge by the museum. They depict the various different roles the blacksmith played: farrier, vet, wrought-iron craftsman and locksmith.
Outside the forge, take a look at the "Bouquet de Saint Eloi" used as a shop sign. It is the blacksmith's emblem in France. You will also notice a stone with a blacksmith's hammer, tongs and bellows engraved on it. This stone was found on a pillar in Salagon priory courtyard.
Salagon through the ages
Take a look back at 2,000 years of history at Salagon. The inscribed and sculpted stones, decorative elements and objects found in excavations or depicted in models will take you back several centuries to discover the first evidence of habitation at Salagon, understand the context in which the first religious building was constructed, discover the different uses to which the site was put through the centuries and how it developed, and imagine how the monks and later the priors lived.
Two models accessible to people with visual impairments are available on request. One model provides an overview of the architecture of Salagon's buildings. The other shows the different ways the site was occupied, as reconstructed by archaeologists. The amazing chronology of Salagon has been pieced together from eight excavations carried out between the 1960s and the late noughties. A wealth of history!