A registered charity (Reconnue d'utilité publique par décret du 12 novembre 1987), the Fondation Napoléon is funded by the generous bequest made by Martial
Lapeyre, a name permanently associated with the field of Napoleonic research.
The Fondation Napoléon is an active participant in the preservation of Napoleonic heritage, and the promotion of historical knowledge and understanding of the two French empires.
As a registered charity, the Fondation Napoléon is able to receive donations and bequests Whether private individual or a company, you can support the Fondation Napoléon in its aims and projects, with donations to foundations benefiting from a streamlined, simplified process and certain tax advantages. For further information on this, please contact us here. Your donation, which can be directed to a specific project, will help us in our work in:
Assuring the conservation of the French estates on St Helena
The Fondation Napoléon has for years supported the upkeep and conservation of the French estates on St Helena, including Longwood House, the Valley of the Tomb, and Briars pavilion. These sites so instrumental in the creation of the Napoleonic legend, which are owned by France, require financial support in order to proceed with much-needed restoration work as well as to fund the project to digitise the Hudson Lowe St Helena papers.
The development of the Fondation Napoléon's digital library
In 2010, the Fondation Napoléon uploaded to the internet the first volumes in its digital library. Sourced from the Fondation's collections, these rare, hard-to-find works - including reviews, almanacs, maps, and reference books - are placed online entirely free of charge, via a dedicated web service, and are freely accessible.
The publication of the General Correspondence of Napoleon Bonaparte
In 1999, the Fondation Napoléon launched the project to publish the entire correspondence of Napoleon Bonaparte, taking as a basis the first edition - incomplete and distorted - released during the Second Empire. Tireless and exhaustive work with archives, libraries, and private collectors, both in France and abroad, has resulted in the publication of seven volumes (as of 2011) (out of a planned fourteen). Thirty-percent of these letters have never before been published. Each volume includes a corpus of annotated letters, studies, maps, a timeline, and reproductions.
Supporting young Napoleonic researchers
Each year, the Fondation Napoléon awards study grants to seven French and foreign university students beginning or in the process of completing their thesis. To date, more than seventy students have received Fondation Napoléon support during their studies. As well as supporting early Napoleonic research, the Fondation Napoléon also awards history prizes to recent Napoleonic publications in French and other languages.