« In 1992, after a property was found in Vassogne, the collection of tools for handcrafting began. My ancestors were a masonry contractor and a little farmer since the end of the XIXth century. The masonry firm Maroteaux-Cabaret took an important part in the reconstruction of the Craonne district and when they shut down, they left lots of tools for masonry, roofing, plastering, farming but also a huge amount of archives. The idea of a museum soon came to my mind. I then started to collect the tools for masonry and farming I could find on flea markets and yard sales in the Aisne district. It soon appeared to me that all those tools had something in common : they were, in their shape, the result of the first World War in the district. A great deal of industrial objects were associated with those transformed after the war. I then felt that those local tools had to be possibly compared with the ones from other regions.
Now in charge of around 6000 tools and objects of popular art, of a fund of 200 linear metres of business and documentation archives about tools, the « Chemin des Dames » and Aisne as well as of an important library, I started to build, a Conservatory whose pupose is to preserve this outstanding heritage. » Stéphane Bedhome.