Historial of the peasant soldier

1.    2.    3. Different views of the Historial du Paysan Soldat.  

Located in an old Bourbonnais farmhouse, in the heart of the village of Fleuriel, this unique museum space is dedicated to the relations between the peasant world and the Great War, more particularly in the Bourbonnais territory. The museum presents a permanent interactive tour and temporary exhibitions renewed each year.


1944: Liberation

Summer 1944: thousands of men from the Allied armies landed on the coasts of Normandy and Provence. In the heart of the territory, the actions of the French Interior Forces are increasingly significant while repression becomes harsher. But the Liberation of French territory is underway. That of Allier and the town of Vichy as well.

It is the dramatic story of the end of the Occupation that the Corgenay Memorial association aims to tell by illustrating its message with numerous documents and period objects, from the D-Day beaches to the towns and villages of Bourbonnais.

from april 13, 2024 to november 11, 2024

Sport at war – 1914-1918

Sport and the Great War: terms that do not seem intuitively linked. And yet! From the preparation of the citizen-soldier to the development of football in contact with British troops, even as the first great stars of athletics and cycling fall on the battlefields, sport, a phenomenon born in the industrial era, touches suddenly all of the youth mobilized. ” Faster. Upper. Stronger “. The motto is Olympic, it could be that of the soldier from whom we always ask more in a conflict that has become industrial.

Rationalized, thought out, sport is supposed to allow the soldier to be more enduring, fast, swift and slender… Propaganda praises the virtues of the sporting soldier. Can we even believe it as there are so many Bouin, Faber, Lapize, Boyau, all renowned champions, who fell on the field of honor? Being a champion doesn’t save you from bullets. For his part, the poilu prefers to make fun of situations that he compares to sporting activities… swimming in the mud of the trenches, the weights under the heavy gear of the soldier…

But if sport is useful to the soldier, it is also relaxation for the soldier. During a match between regiments or even between allied soldiers, we forget the “Grand match”, to use Henri Desgrange’s metaphor thus designating the war in his editorial of August 4, 1914 in the newspaper l’Auto. It is a time of cohesion during which even the military hierarchy gives way to the hierarchy on the ground…

An exhibition rich in objects and documents, from Allier and all of France…

from april 13, 2024 to november 11, 2024

Useful information :

Days and times :
Open from April 13 to November 11, 2024:
- Outside school holidays, every day except Tuesday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
- During school holidays (zone A), Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.; weekends and public holidays from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
- Possibility of visits for groups only by reservation.

Address :
1 route du Vallon
Phone number :
04 70 90 22 45

E-mail address :

Website :

GPS coordinates :
latitude : 46.28187
longitude : 3.17882