Côté chaire, côté rue, La Réforme à Genève
(1517-1617)

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Short Description

In the context of the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation (1517), The Archives of the State of Geneva, in collaboration with historians from the University of Geneva and from the University of Lausanne, have created an exhibition that presents the impact of the Reformation on daily life in Geneva. This means demonstrating at the same time how the Genevans were involved in this process of Reformation and how the religious conversion of the city affected their daily lives. The archives are in fact the echo of the activism, resistance or the adaptation of various players – men, women, and children – and underline the real – or mythologized – changes imposed by the practice of the new form of worship. The exhibition approaches this topic in three stages. The first period (1517-1555) charts the introduction of the Reformation in Geneva. Guillaume Farel’s (1489-1565) sermons feed the religious stirrings which sometimes manifest themselves in iconoclasm. The second period (1555-1575), describes the Reformation as it was lived in daily life. The population adjusted to the new liturgies, mixed with students of the Academy, took in the influx of refugees and submitted to disciplinary constraints. Finally, the third period (1575-1617) saw tempers calming down and discipline being relaxed. The people of Geneva slowly found a new equilibrium and the year 1617 provided the opportunity to celebrate the first hundred years of the Reformation. The Archives of the State of Geneva maintain, restore and digitalise the documents that historians use in their work. The presentation of a digitalisation project and the restoration of the archives of the Protestant Church complete this exhibition and highlight the historical work linked to the archives.