We act for the protection and restoration of
the mills in the region Nord-Pas-de-Calais (France).
Behindthe beauty and the charm of our mills, whether watermills or
windmills, there is a past, full of men’s stories, of passions, of
toils, of happiness and of dramas… We could not let this heritage abandoned and only let
memories to our children. Created in June 23th 1973, the
association has first determined its aim : protect the last windmills
present in Nord-Pas-de-Calais. 10 years after its creation, the ARAM could
be proud to have given new sails to 11 mills.
And for the 20 years of the creation of the association, 10 other
mills were given new sails. Watermills were not forgotten, 10 of them were
given their water
wheel. For its 30th anniversary, the ARAM is able
to present a successful list of 45 restorations. It has impulsed a dynamic
trend of restoration of this industrial heritage. Then, the desire to
know more about their history and their technique is born. As a
consequence, it was natural to share this knowledgeby building the first Molinology Center (researches on the mills)
and the Mills Museum.
In a nutshell,
the ARAM Nord-Pas-de-Calais acts:
- for the safeguard of the mills in order to enable the next generations
to admire them in their reality,
- for an authentic restoration, to pass on an authentic heritage,
- for developing historical and technical documentary researches,
- for making this living element of our industrial heritage known, by
books and by its museum adapted to everybody (adults, children,
youngsters, disabled people, schools…),
- and finally for converting them punctually in places of fests, of
cultural events and of walks, so people can discover unsuspected heritage.
Land of immigration, strategical crossroads ofEurope, the « Nord » region has
an ancient tradition of « land of mills ». There have been 3000
mills, including these superbs and majestuous post mills, often
represented in the regional paintings and songs.
In a room of the
Hazebrouck museum, a region full of windmills, nearly 20 people, men and women,
have met, led by Jean Bruggeman, so as to create the association.
In fact, it had been more than 10 years that Jean Bruggeman had
been furrowing the region, in order to make a catalogue of all the
mills of the region, to draw them, to photograph them and to
question the owners, including the last millers. Shocked by the
abandon and the decay of the mills, he decided, helped by some
friends, such as Jean-Luc Dujardin and Yves Havet, to save them.
The publication of his first book, historical and artistic, Nos moulins, Flandres, Hainaut, Cambrésis, in 1971,
followed by several exhibitions in 1973, have launched the
movement, that is still continuing today.
Where are we ?How can you reach us ?
rue Albert Samain
59650 Villeneuve d'Ascq
Tel. : 03.20.05.49.34 (from other countries than France,
or from foreign phones : 00 33 3.20.05.49.34)
Fax : 03.20.05.11.06 (or 00 33 3.20.05.11.06)
d'Ascq is located near Lille, where there is the airport of Lille-Lesquin
and 2 train stations (Lille-Flandres and Lille-Europe), offering
connections between France, United Kingdom (the Eurostar train stops at
Lille), Belgium (Thalys train), the Netherlands and Germany mainly, but
also with all Europe and with North Africa.
By car or autocar from
Lille : Autoroute
du Nord (North motorway) - A1 (E17) - RN 227 direction Villeneuve
d'Ascq >> exit n°5 Château - Cousinerie - Musée d'Art
Moderne >> follow parking (car park) P7.
Station (« Gare Lille-Flandres ») >> take the
underground line 1, direction 4 Cantons, stop at Pont de Bois,
then take the Bus 41 (direction Jean Jaurès or Contrescarpe) and stop at Parc Urbain Musée (20 min
from the station).
Villeneuve d'Ascq Pont de Bois (when you arrive from Lille by the
underground for example) or at Villeneuve d'Ascq Jean Jaurès or
Contrescarpe, take the
bus 41 and stop at Parc Urbain Musée.
renewable energies : in May
2006, for the 3rd year, many events on renewable energies
organized by the "Info-Energie" services (services informing the
general public about the different types of energies, and in particular
about renewable energies) of the region
Nord-Pas-de-Calais will take place.
of the events :
May 1st to 15th : 50 lectures, exhibitions and information points
May 2nd to 12th : the exhibition "Alerte au climat : changeons
d'énergie" ("Climate alert : let's change of energy") at
the MNE (Maison de la Nature et de l'Environnement, or Nature and
Environment Center) of Lille
Saturday, May 13th : the 3rd "Journée solaire" ("Solar
Day") of the city of Villeneuve d'Ascq, at the Ferme du Héron (the
Hern's Farm) : information points, stalls, demonstrations, lectures
16th to 31st : 100 visits in the houses of people equiped with renewable
energies, they are still very popular ! You will have the possibility to
visit houses equipped with : thermic
solar (water-heaters), photovoltaïc solar (solar panels), geothermal warm
pump, personal wind pump, wood energy.
visits take place also in June.
reserve well in advance.
MISS THESE INTERESTING VISITS !
more information and for inscriptions, please contact :
des Moulins (Mills Day) 2006 : Sunday,
The mills participating to the Mills' Day :
Boeschèpe : Ondankmeulen. 171 rue de la
Gare. 00 33 18.104.22.168.70. Open from 15 pm to 18 pm. Guided visits.
Groups : 1 €/pers. Individuals : 1,50 €/pers.
Cassel : Casteelmeulen. Mont Cassel. 00 33
22.214.171.124.55. Open from 10 am to 12.30 am and from 14 pm to 18.30
pm.Guided visits. Bagpipe festival. Adults : 2,80 €. Children :
Halluin : Moulin Hollebecque. 20-22 rue Jules
Watteeuw. 00 33 126.96.36.199.50. Open from 14 pm to 19 pm. Guided
visits. Animations in the typical regional bar. Free entrance.
Hondschoote : Moulin Spinnewyn. Impasse Spinnewyn.
00 33 188.8.131.52.00. Open from 10 am to 12 am and from 14 pm to 18
pm. Guided visits. Chimes concert. Adults : 3 €. Children : 2 €.
Leers : Moulin Blanc. Rue Hoche. 00 33
3.20.20.06.00. Open from 14 pm to 18 pm. Guided visits (please
contact the town-hall). Free entrance.
Pitgam : Moulin Den Leeuw. 5 rue du Sprey. 00 33
184.108.40.206.14. Open from 15 pm to 18.30 pm. Guided visits. Flour
manufacture. Free entrance.
St Amand-les-Eaux : Moulin Blanc. Rue de Wembergue.
00 33 220.127.116.11.71. Open from 10 am to 17 pm. Bread cooking and
bread tasting. Exhibition "Les peintres peignent dans la
rue" ("The painters paint in the street"). Free
Steenvoorde : 00 33 18.104.22.168.98 (tourism office)Noordmeulen.
Route de Wormhout. Drievenmeulen. Route de Cassel.
Open from 14 pm to 18 pm. Guided visits. Free entrance.
Templeuve : Moulin de Vertain. Rue de Péronne. 00
33 22.214.171.124.66 (town-hall). Open from 14 pm. Many animations and
fireworks. Free entrance.
Terdeghem : Steenmeulen. 550 route d'Ecke. 00 33
126.96.36.199.10. Open from 9 am to 18 pm. Exhibition : steam engine
and tractors. How to make bread with the mill's flour. Museum : 2,5
€. Mill : 2,5 €. The whole site : 4 €.
Villeneuve d'Ascq : Musée desMoulins,
Moulin des Olieux, Moulin àFarine.
RN 227. 00 33 3.20.05.49.34. Open from 14 pm to 18 pm. The whole
site : adults : 5,5 €, children : 4 €.
Walincourt-Selvigny : Moulin Brunet. N360 Route de
Guise. 00 33 188.8.131.52.97 (tourism office). Open from 15 pm to 18
pm. Guided visits. Adults : 2 €. Free for children.
Watten : Moulin de la Montagne. D26 Route de la
Montagne. 00 33 184.108.40.206.78 (tourism office). Open from 15 pm to
19 pm. Guided visits. Adults : 1 €. Free for children under 14
Wormhout : Moulin de la Briarde. D916 Route de
Cassel. 00 33 220.127.116.11.23. Open from 15 pm to 18 pm. Guided
visits. Adults : 2 €. Children : 0,80 €.
Dennebroeucq : Moulin de la Tour.
11 rue du Moulin. 00 33 18.104.22.168.39. The mill is open in the park
from 14 pm to 18 pm. No animations.
Esquerdes : Maison du Papier. Rue du B. Chochoy. 00
33 22.214.171.124.25. Open from 14 pm to 18 pm. Adults : 4 €. Children
under 5 years old : 2,40 €.
Felleries : Moulin des Bois Jolis. 18 rue de la
Place. 00 33 3.27.59.03.46. Open from 14.30 pm to 18.30 pm. Guided
visits. Demonstration of how to make a wood sculpture. Normal price
: 3,50 €. Reduced price : 2 €. Free for children under 8.
Frévent : Moulin Winterberger. Place du Château.
00 33 3.21.03.60.21. Open from 14 pm to 18 pm. Guided visits. Adults
: 5 €. Children under 14 : 2 €.
Grand Fayt : Le Moulin du GrandFayt. Rue du
Moulin. 00 33 126.96.36.199.18. Open from 10 am to 12 am and from 14 pm
to 19 pm. Guided visits. Bread and pies manufacture. Bread oven
functioning. Free entrance.
Sars-Poteries : Moulin Delmotte. 13 rue de Dimont.
00 33 188.8.131.52.01. Open form 15 pm to 16 pm. Guided visits.
Adults: 3 €. Children : 1,60 €.
Wissant : Musée du Moulin. Le Moulin. 00 33
184.108.40.206.87. Open from 14 pm to 18 pm. Guided visits. Adults :
2,50 €. Children under 12 : 1,50 €.
To visit all the other mills of the region that are
not on this list, you should contact them directly because we don't have
enough information so as to know if they participate or not to the Mills'
Day. Some mills are open during the Mills' Day and it will be possible to
visit them, but without any special price or special animations.
Historical of the Mills' Day.
centuries, mills have been part of the landscape of the region Nord-Pas-de-Calais
and have had an influence on the life's rythm of its inhabitants. Of long
ago, mills animated the big green fields of our beautiful region. Both
useful and beautiful, they couldn't disappear totally in front of a
destructive and invading modernism.
That's why the Regional Association of the Friends of the Mills
created in 1973 so to try to stop this dangerous mmovement of
disappearance that threatened the 30 saved mills, among the 3000 windmills
that were present in the region before.
Since the association's creation, with public funds, more than 40 mills
have been restaured. Following the example of the Netherlands, which
organises since many years in May its National Mills' Day, the ARAM Nord-Pas-de-Calais
decided to instaure since 1983 a Regional Mills' Day whcih takes place
traditionally the 3rd Sunday of June. Since 30 years, we have made many
efforts to save our molinological heritage. Each year there are more
mills' openings to the public, and other mills, restaured by their owners,
can be admired from the outside. During the Mills' Day, these jewels of
our historical heritage open their doors to you and invite you to discover
them with your family of friends.
Apart from this event, you can visit the Mills' Museum of Villeneuve
d'Ascq (300 m2), near Lille. You will discover for example the evolution
of the milling and different energies since the origins, the miller's job,
the products of the grinding or even the symbolic of the mill in the art.
du Patrimoine (Heritage Days) 2006 : September
16th and 17th