Login Monday, 18 November 2019

Unless otherwise stated, meetings are held on Friday, from 7.15 pm,
at St Edmund's Church Hall, 
Kings Croft, Allestree, Derby DE22 2FN.

We begin with conversation or quizzes in French.  The talks start at 7.40 pm. 

(Please click here for directions to St. Edmund's Church Hall.)

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Nancy et la Lorraine à l’exposition de 1909

In 1909 – 40 years after the 1870 German annexation of Alsace and a part of Lorraine – Nancy was considered the capital city of (what remained of) Lorraine and even of Eastern France. The city organised a hugely successful international exhibition from May to October.

This topic will first enable us to situate Nancy and Lorraine within their historical and cultural context. Then we shall examine not only how this huge event was organised, how it ran and the range of its exhibits, but also its aims, challenges and economic impact at a very special moment in the history of France: the ‘belle époque’, a dazzling era which fully benefited Nancy, on the eve of the First World War.

This presentation will include a very personal angle as my grandfather, Louis Laffitte, was the exhibition’s main organiser before dying in August 1914, during one of the first battles of the war.


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