Chateau d’Orgemont

Originally the property of Pierre d’Orgemont, who is Chancellor of France in 1373. During the 1960’s, the area is occupied by a centre of Protestant theology. Later, it was acquired by a professional sydicate, at the end of the 19th century, the children’s work was ubiquitous, laws began to appear to limit the minimum age to 10 years in 1813, 12 years in 1848 and 1875 to see the prohibition of night work.

On March 10, 1906 a terrible mining catastrophe took place in Courrières (Pas-de-Calais), taking the lifes of 1099 victims of the 1800 miners who descended that day there with more than 200 children missing. Many children find themselves orphaned after their parents died in the mine. This exceptional situation and non-response of the powers made Madeleine Vernet decide to create a home named ‘Future Social’.

This first House was created in 1906 arriving at the Chateau d’Orgemont in 1976. Meanwhile the future Social is supported by labour movements followed by a Trade Union. Following a conflict between the staff of the centre and the Union, the centre was closed abruptly in January 1988.