Staff profiles

Curatorial Department

The Curatorial Department of Agence France-Muséums is organised into three sub-departments:

Jean-François Charnier

Scientific Director

Jean-François Charnier is a chief heritage curator. He joined Agence France-Muséums in January 2008 as Curator in charge of archaeology. He was appointed Scientific Director of Agence France-Muséums in 2013.

After studying Art history and archaeology at the Ecole du Louvre, and anthropology at the Université Paris X-Nanterre, he entered the National Heritage Institute (INP) as state curator, graduating in1994. After the INP, he had responsibility for archaeology and heritage in the Pays de la Loire region, where he developed research programs and directed archaeological excavations in prehistoric archaeology. In 2000, he joined the Musée national des Arts et Traditions Populaires (MNATP) where he headed up a department in the museum, adapting it to the museographic project of the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations (MuCEM). As part of this project, he organised collective research programmes around the Mediterranean Sea and curated several exhibitions in France and abroad. In 2006 he joined the Direction de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine (DAPA) as Policy Director for the archaeological heritage. In this capacity, he designed and implemented a network of Conservation centres in all France to help manage archaeological objects in relation to museums. Jean-François Charnier has published numerous articles in the field of archaeology and anthropology and produced several documentary films in the field of ethnography. He is often invited for talks and conferences.  He taught ethnology and ran seminars at the Ecole du Louvre for the preparation of the competitive entrance examinations for curators of heritage.

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