Claude Charbonneau had two professions. First of all, in the national navy where he spent 25 years. Then, at the Kerbertrand school group in Quimperlé as a steward manager for 15 years. “I have been retired since 2006. I read Ouest-France and Paris-Match in the 1975s and I kept these newspapers to reread them later and come back to the event”, indicates the retiree.
History buff and writer
“I am passionate about history, I like going back in time. I got caught up in the game when I started my collection of newspapers. I advertised in a weekly to collect other newspapers. My surprise was great when I received many newspapers and weeklies from all over France. Today, my collection includes regional, national and international newspapers and magazines from the Americas, Russia, etc. », continues Claude Charbonneau, inexhaustible.
The collector managed to go back in time to 1789, with a work dating from July in reproduction. “I have the original of the Gazette de France dated December 2, 1812”, he says. Regularly, students pass through his home for theses or specific exam subjects, for example: Chernobyl. It has 90,000 rare coins and journals.
Its third press museum will be in Plouay
He found premises of 104 m² at 3, rue Victor-Hugo thanks to his fourth daughter who lives in Plouay (Morbihan). He created his first museum in Pont-Scorff in 1997. “Then in my basement, in Plœmeur, from 2014 to 2022. I have work to put everything away and classify by year. I think I will be open in early September. Admission will be free »hopes Claude Charbonneau, who will continue to live in Plœmeur where he is a volunteer at the parish, on the board of directors of Nennock and a member of the Soleil d’automne.
He also writes many books
“I wrote my first book in 1987 on the bagad of Lann-Bihoué, at the birth of my fourth daughter, Plouaysienne today. In 1988, I collected testimonies from former Algerians, including the story of Plouaysien Mathurin Le Mestréallan, seriously wounded in the war in Algeria, who had recently died. He came to see me in Plœmeur”.
The newspaper collector and writer has written 25 history books, including 15 family biographies. “Four books are in progress on the life of Plœmeur, two of which will be ready for the end of the year, the devil’s schools and 40 years of the Ploemeur-Fermoy twinning » , finished Claude Charbonneau.