Enter in Richard’s world; it is as travelling in the time frame where the past is coming back to life. Richard loves heritage. He collects and so preserves it. We are into a rural and forgotten France where economic realities and values are well different than in the city. Things and monuments in decay are patching up in front of our eyes. Richard is here; he keeps the smallest parts of the past that others often neglect.
Richard loves his region and his heritage, Normandy. He has the dream to buy and restore a castle in ruins. He does not want to let the jewels of the history collapsed. In his free time, he visits and revisits the region searching of a manor that he could own. In February 2017, he meets youtubers in an abandoned castle and the video makes over a million of views. Since then, the man becomes a celebrity and today his Youtube channel has more than 35,000 subscribers.
In parallel and from an early age, Richard collects objects and vehicles of the Second World War. The number of items that he got is so massive and rare; his collection is widely recognised even abroad. In his own world of reselling, Richard has learned how to make money from the treasure of the past. Two years ago, he bought an old factory’s building to open a museum. The project federates a large number of people but the local authorizations to open the museum are delayed due to security’s matter.
Richard becomes my guide and together we travel the roads of the region looking for unusual places and traces of the past, a quite special way to rediscover France. The project started about one year ago (Jan 2018) and is still ongoing. I would love your point of view but as well the way to improve it.