The SAMB in short
is the french
association "Société des Amis du Musée Basque".
It aims at contributing to the increase of collections, to the life and
influence of the Basque Museum (Art. 1 Regulations). It includes all the people
(about 450 members up to now) interested in the Basque patrimony and
the cultural diversity of the area.
It supports the studies made about it . It participates in an active
way to the cultural life, especially throughout the publication of the
Basque Museum review and other documents (Art. 2 Regulations).
from the original
activities set up in the museum itself, the gift of works of art, we
publication of the Basque Museum review. This one has been edited for
more than 80 years, sent to the members and shared with many other
publications which enable to make the Documentary Center of the museum
organize meetings and
visits always trying to give a context to the collections of this
ethnological and historical museum. We hold our general meeting in
every part of the Basque Country, either North or South in order to
delocalize the museum.
history of the museum
Founded in 1956, under the influence of General AUBLET, the
"SAMB" aims at "gathering around the objects of the museum all the
people who like to take care of the cultural resources of our area,
supporting the museum thanks to either a physical help or moral
influence, developing for the public and especially for young people
and pupils a liking for regional studies".
In 1964 thanks to Jean Haritschelhar, the "SAMB" launched again
the Basque Museum review which had been stopped in 1944.
Society had deep links
with the Basque Museum till 1989 when the museum closed for
safety reasons as major works had to be done in the Dagourette House
where the Museum was located. The closing of the Museum was for some of
us the right time to wonder about its life and the association actively
contributed to the debates in order to make it open again. During those 12 years when the Museum
stayed closed, the "SAMB" kept an eye on it and even if all the wishes
had not been fulfilled it kept on struggling to see the main lines
re-opening of the Museum
in 2001 led the association to re-define its role.
In 2002 it signed a convention with the city of Bayonne to set up their
collaboration. That was a success and the" SAMB" was granted the right
to have free entrance in the Museum as an acknowledgment to its
contribution to the life of the Museum
(Summary of the history, in
working party composed of
the city of Bayonne, the County Council of Pyrénées- Atlantiques and
the urban communityof Bayonne -Anglet- Biarritz has been running the
Bask Museum since 2007. An agreement between the association
and this party will stand in for the previous one.
association has been
established as a public charity thanks to an order dating from March
5th 2008 and published in the Official Journal on March 7th
2008 . It makes the partnership and sponsorship much easier, a
sponsorship for which a special commission had been set up in 2006.
of the association
Three councils are in charge to manage the association and its
activities. Commissions (Friends , elected members or not) are set up
according to the needs.
all the members of these councils.
The Board of Directors
It is composed of 24 members at the most (a third of it is renewed each
year) and meets 4 or 5 times a year according to the bureau's will.
Here is the list of the members of the Board (2008).
It is elected every year by the Board of Directors. It meets at least
once a month and if necessary up, on the President's notification
The Reading Committee of the Bulletin
It meets 5 or 6 times a year. It reads the different typesripts, sets
up each issue and decides about the policy of the publication.
To make better news spreading, the Friends receive the "gazette" Gogoan
which is launched 2 or 3 times a year.
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One of our aims is to be a kind of interface between the
different actors of cultural life and thus to work with them in order
to create common projects.
Our official partners: The Bask Museum and of the history of Bayonne, The city of Bayonne and he General
Council of Atlantic Pyrenees.
We are official members of
cultural commissions such as: Bask
Cultural Center (ICB-Euskal Kultur Erakundea), Historical federation of the South West
(FHSO), Committee of
Historic and Scientific Works (CTHS).
agreement with Eusko-Ikaskuntza/ Society of Bask Studies was signed on
We are in close contact with
other museums or Friends of Museums, with
a lot of cultural associations and with societies or
associations aiming at developing the heritage for a large public.
sponsorship of enterprises (2011): Groupe Etchart, AMATRA, Guyenne et
gascogne, BAMI, Arrambide, ETDE, Faure Silva, Montauzier et Sokoa
FEELING LIKE JOINING US ?
If you want
to share our passion and ambitions, you are welcome !
Thanks to your membership:
get the Bulletin of the Bask Museum as well as our private paper
have a free entrance to the Museum when showing your membership card
participate to our private outings and visits to the museum
share your passions or emotions.as a new guide or lecturer if you feel
|you will get " The Review
of the French museums" published by the French National Library at a
membership/ subscription form (french)
regulations of the association (french)
Send an email to SAMB