Make Science Useful for All
During the Revolution, professional education was seen as a way for emancipation: it was thought that through an education a person could transform everyday life. In 1794, Father Grégoire was put in charge of creating the Conservatoire des arts et métiers: a place “where all of the newly invented and recently improved tools and machines would be collected and put on display.” The idea was to simultaneously galvanize French industry as well as make technical knowledge available to all. In 1798, the Conservatory moved into the former Saint-Martin-des-Champs priory.
Arts et Métiers Museum, 60 rue de Réaumur