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Medieval Factory

Medieval Factory. Spectacles, paper, wheelbarrows and other medieval inventions exhibition is the result of collaboration with the Espace des Inventions.

Combining history and technology, the exhibition looks at inventions from the Middle Ages that make our daily lives easier. These inventions are presented along with experiments and hands-on experiences that help to understand how they work and their interest to us today.

First welcomed at the Espace des Inventions in Lausanne in 2016, this exhibition will be on show at Chillon Castle from 27 January to 5 November 2017.

Aside from castles and knights, what else do we owe to the Middle Ages?

Many inventions from this period still make our lives easier today. Seeing better with spectacles, writing on paper, finding the way with a compass, and transporting materials in a wheelbarrow all began in medieval times. Although it is true that certain inventions like the compass and gun-powder already existed in the East before appearing in Europe, there is no doubt that the Middle Ages period was more inventive than it often seems.

This exhibition makes it possible to discover both the history and technology of these inventions, and of course to give them a try!

Demonstrations will be given during your visit: the trebuchet and the printing process will no longer hold any secrets!


For further information, go to Espace des Inventions...

Practical information

Our Museography Manager

Mrs Claire Halmos is at your disposal for all requests.

Chillon Castle Foundation
Av. de Chillon 21
CH - 1820 Veytaux / Montreux

Tél.:  021 966 89 27 (direct)
         021 966 89 10
Fax:  021 966 89 12


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