The wrecks and the general public

In July 2001, an open house day was held in a local school, and this tradition continued throughout the life of the project. Most often held at the Saint-Malo-Rocabey Police Academy, these events gave the general public a chance to meet the excavation team directly at the worksite. A discovery trail, new each year, offered a visit to the inventory and treatment lab, an exhibition of objects – some of them immersed in an aquarium – posters, films and slideshows created by the team members. The full team was on hand to guide visitors and answer their questions.
The wreck site was off-limits to both ships and divers, but was opened from time to time during the campaign, and local divers were invited to discover the Natière wrecks. When they arrived at the site a member of the team would present the archaeological work and the progress made. They were then given plasticized maps of the site and allowed to dive down and discover the work of the excavation team.

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Frédéric Osada (Images Explorations) © MCC / DRASSM
The first open house, held in 1999 in the laboratory of the Dinard Natural History Museum. (Ref. : NAT02_T0001)
Teddy Seguin (Adramar) © MCC / DRASSM
Open house at the National Police Academy in 2005. (Ref. : NAT05_T0174)
Teddy Seguin (Adramar) © MCC / DRASSM
Thanks to Mary Danguy, publications and excavation-related souvenirs are given out to the public each year at the open house. (Ref. : NAT03_T0105)
Teddy Seguin (Adramar) © MCC / DRASSM
Open house in 2005. (Ref. : NAT05_T0185)
Teddy Seguin (Adramar) © MCC / DRASSM
During the open house, the public is welcomed into the exavation team's work area on the premises of the Saint-Malo National Police Academy. Each year, the objects discovered during the previous campaign are put on display. (Ref. : NAT03_T0162)
Teddy Seguin (Adramar) © MCC / DRASSM
A group of local divers are welcomed to the Natière site. (Ref. : NAT08_M0368)
Teddy Seguin (Adramar) © MCC / DRASSM
A group of local divers are welcomed to the Natière site. To guide them, they are given a plasticized map of the underwater site. (Ref. : NAT08_M0367)
Teddy Seguin (Adramar) © MCC / DRASSM
The divers reach the site. Before entering the water, they have been given a map of the wrecks. These divers have been brought in by a Saint-Malo diving club that organises visits to the site, accompanied by archaeologists, on a regular basis. (Ref. : Nat05_SM039)
Teddy Seguin (Adramar) @ MCC / DRASSM
During the project, several film crews came to record the excavations (here, a documentary is being filmed for French public television). (Ref. : NAT03_SM0301)
Teddy Seguin (Adramar) © MCC / DRASSM
Each member of the permanent excavation team learned to answer journalists' questions with ease. (Ref. : NAT07_T0361)

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