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WHO IS … Michel L’Hour ?

General curator for underwater archaeology, Academician of Marine, Michel L'Hour is since 2006, Director of the Department of Underwater Archaeological Research (DRASSM) of the Ministry of Culture. He has joined Drassm in 1982, where he was responsible for the western coasts of France, the overseas territories and international relations. He has directed numerous major archaeological underwater excavations both in France and abroad and is specializes in the history of maritime trade from the late Middle Ages to the dawn of the modern era. Expert regularly sought by many international organisations such as UNESCO, he is the author of numerous articles and books on the subject. He also curated major exhibitions such as the sea for memory from 2005 to 2009, or The Mystery of Lapérouse, in the National Maritime Museum in 2008.


Michel L’Hour accepted to answer to the international survey conducted by the Forum d’Avignon among 100 personalities of the world of culture about the “reasons to hope for culture”:

What is your reason to hope?

I think that the man is great when he innovates or builds with the only wish to prepare a better future he will not experience.

Which initiative, work, personality embodies the best your reason to hope?

A character: Pardaillan by Michel Zevaco, a song: “Je suis un gard ben ordinaire” by Robert Charlebois and personalities from my life: my parents.