Developed as walks adapted to each educational level, these visits will allow students to learn about daily life at the Chateau and to understand how the architecture has changed over the past thousand years.
And what if I told you a story about the Chateau de Joux?
Joseph, a young soldier and his friends, Pierre the builder, Sam the cook, Paul the soldier and Pipistrelle the bat, together these characters tell the story of the Chateau de Joux.
While reading a large illustrated book and enjoying a sensory walk around the Chateau de Joux, children will become aware of the daily life of the people who lived there.
To complete this activity, follow the workshop “Making a puppet soldier”.
Daily life at the Chateau de Joux in the 18th century
The seige has gone on for too long, supplies are running out, our young soldier Joseph is looking for water… The children must help him find the key to the great well of the Chateau.
While they walk from the dungeon built in the Middle-Ages to the great well built by Vauban, the students will learn how the soldiers lived in the garrison of the Chateau in the 18th century.
To complete this activity, follow the workshop “Making a three-cornered soldier’s hat”.
Budding architects, to your drawing boards!
Imagine the Chateau de Joux is under siege, the canon balls are coming in from every direction! Sebastien, a young architect, explains how the architecture of the Chateau has evolved over the pas one thousand years, constantly adapting to the evolution of warfare.
Equipped with a layout and and a booklet, the students must observe and understand the various fortifications.
To complete this activity, join the “Making a 3D model of the Vauban fortifications”!
In the footsteps of Toussaint Louverture
Toussaint Louverture, a slave turned general, governor of Saint Domingue, and instrumental in achieving the independence of Haïti, was imprisoned at the Chateau de Joux where he died on 7th April 1803. During a visit of the castle, the students will follow the main stages of the life of Toussaint Louverture, share in his fight to free the slaves, and will follow his last days at the Chateau!
The visit takes place in two stages:
- To begin with,the students learn all about the life of Toussaint Louverture thanks to a PowerPoint presentation; From his birth in Saint-Domingue, where he was born a slave, to his deportation to the Chateau de Joux 60 years later.
- Then, the students will visit the Chateau de Joux in the footsteps of Toussaint Louverture.
- From the main entrance gate, to his prison cell, the students will disvoer the conditions under which Toussaint Louverture was held, the role played by the Chateau de Joux as a state prison, and how Toussaint Louverture still represents a symbol of freedom, even today.
To complete this visit, follow the workshop “In the footsteps of Toussaint Louverture” in which the themed visit can be combined with a workshop at the Pontarlier Museum studying the portraits and engravings of Toussaint Louverture.
Fun visits can be followed by workshops which offer students the possibility of learning combined with creativity around a particular subject. These activities take place in the reception rooms of the chateau.
Making an articulated puppet of a soldier
Students will make a puppet called “Joseph”, a soldier in the garrison at the Chateau de Joux.
You can combine this activity with a fun visit called “And what if I told you about the Chateau de Joux?”
Making a soldier's hat
The tricorn was hat much in fashion in the 18th century in the army. All the soldiers were wearing them. The students will make one from black felt.
You can combine this activity with the workshop “Daily life at the Chateau de Joux in the 18th century”.
Calligraphy and illumation
After an introduction to the history of writing, the students will discover the art of calligraphy and illumination. Each student will make a bookmark after learning to write with a feather quill. Their collective efforts will allow them to go back to school with a booklet that they have written together in calligraphy.
Making a 3D model of the chateau's fortifications!
What could be more fun than making a 3D model in order to understand in detail the architecture of an historic monument? That is what this workshop offers students: to make a 3D model of the Vauban fortifications of the 5th line of defence at the Chateau de Joux, which is no longer visible.
Complete this activity with the educational visit: “Budding architects, to your tools!”.
In the footsteps of Toussaint Louverture
Arts activities: students take inspiration from the Haïtian paintings shown in the PowerPoint presentation “A guided tour – in the footsteps of Toussaint Louverture” and make a painting that reminds them of a moment during the visit that impressed them. An episode in the life of Toussaint Louverture or something that made an impression on them.
Upper middle school
Arts activities: The children take inspiration from the Haïtian paintings shown in the PowerPoint presentation “A guided visit – In the footsteps of Toussaint Louverture”.
They make a painting imagining what Toussaint Louverture’s life would have been like if he had not been taken prisoner or if Napoleon had freed him or if he had managed to escape.
For a full undertanding of this theme, this activity can only be completed once the students have already followed the guided visit “A guided visit – In the steps of Toussaint Louverture”.
Improving the facilities for school children and youth at the chateau
The 2020 – 2030 programme for promoting culture and tourism at the Chateau de Joux, includes a section for youth and school groups, in order to develop educational activities and increase the capacity for hosting these groups.
The programme includes developing rooms in the Joffre barracks so that students, young people and teachers can be hosted under improved conditions. These new facilities will allow picnics to be eaten on-site, toilet facilities and more spacious workshop facilities available all year round.
The development of 3 museums (Fortress and Freedom, Military Art & History, Toussaint Louverture and the memorial to the abolition of slavery) will provide teachers with a space of more than 1,000 sqm to explore! Teachers’ aids, visits and conferences will be organised for students of all ages and educational backgrounds.
Getting the right balance
Visits, activities, workshops… how to put together the perfect day?
The choice of activities will be made according to availability at the time of booking.