Exhibition: Science in pursuit of crime

Alphonse Bertillon (1853-1914) occupies an important place in the history of criminal knowledge.

Exposition : La science à la poursuite du crimeDetermining “who is who”, filming and methodically mapping crime scenes, collecting and analyzing every trace left by criminals… Sherlock Holmes and the numerous investigators of police series and other thrillers owe him a lot.

Nothing seemed to escape this brilliant detective who revolutionized the methods of identification and influenced the police practices in the world between the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century.

Discover without further delay this complete exhibition that will plunge you into the heart of police cases.

From the 1880s, Alphonse Bertillon worked to establish new methods of identification of repeat offenders, these techniques will be widely disseminated in French and foreign police circles. His innovative work covers a wide range of subjects: from forensic photography to fingerprint examination, from document management to trace analysis, from signatures to handwriting.

Measuring instruments, cameras, face/profile portraits, metric crime scene photographs, expert documents on the Dreyfus incident, anthropometric notebooks, descriptive reports, illustrated news and cartoons…, nearly 200 unpublished works and documents are on display always in resonance with current events.


Practical information :

  • Exhibition until Sunday, April 2, 2023
  • Departmental Archives, 78 cours Balguerie Stuttenberg, 33300 Bordeaux

Opening hours:

  • Monday to Saturday, from 9am to 5pm.
  • Weekend, from 2pm to 6pm

Fees :

  • Free

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