In 2020, in partnership with the municipality of Montigny-les-Arsures, the Grande Saline Museum was able to acquire a salt lick probably dating from before 1538.
This object is the last witness of a forgotten frontier, which has long marked the geography of Franche-Comté but also the daily practices of the population. Placed along the salt roads, this marker reminds everyone of the highly regulated operation of the salt trade, one of the most important trades of the time in the region, as well as the supply of wood, necessary for the evaporation of the brine.
While the visit to the Grande Saline allows visitors to understand how salt was produced thanks to the remaining technical installations, the exhibition is a continuation of the journey of the salt, from its packaging to its exit from the factory to supply the needs of the regional population.
"Frontiers of Salt" tells the story of the economic and political issues of the Middle Ages and the 17th century surrounding this white gold and the two salt works in Salins.
The salt terminal, the central piece of the exhibition acquired by the city of Salins in 2019, illustrates the importance and organizational complexity of this trade that has greatly contributed to the development of the region. This object is the last witness of a forgotten border, which has long marked the geography of Franche-Comté but also the daily practices of the population
A journey along the salt routes in Franche-Comté..
Reproductions of objects, digital content, videos and sound extracts, unpublished archives will reveal all the secrets of the salt trade.