Fondation NapolÉon and its partnerships
Within the framework of its task of promoting and supporting historical study of the two Napoleonic Empires, the Fondation Napoléon has been pursuing a policy of partnership with higher education institutions and research centres in France and abroad since 2000.
PARTNERSHIP WITH L'INSTITUT CATHOLIQUE D'ÉTUDES SUPÉRIEURES (La Roche-sur-Yon)
The Fondation Napoléon and the l'Institut catholique d'études supérieures (ICES), in partnership with the City of La Roche-sur-Yon, the Conseil général de la Vendée, the
Centre Vendéen de Recherche Historique (CVRH), have created the “Chaire Napoléon”. The agreement between the five parties was signed on Wednesday 3 December, at 5pm at Haras de la Vendée. It is renewable, covering a three-year period.
As part of this collaboration, a study day will be organized each year at the ICES, and the proceedings will be published in Napoleonica.La Revue, the online journal edited by the Fondation Napoléon. In addition, two or three free lectures will be given throughout the year, for students at the ICES and the broader public. The Fondation Napoléon’s library will give a special welcome to professors and students from the ICES. These students will also be able to apply each year for the Research Grants awarded by the Fondation Napoléon. Finally, the Fondation Napoléon will also make its collections available to these partners for exhibitions.
The CVRH will bring its support and its academic backing to the work undertaken during the “Chaire Napoléon” partnership, and will make its network available to facilitate the contact between professors, lecturers, and speakers that lies at the heart of the “Chaire Napoléon” project. The CVRH will help students in their research and, once reviewed, will publish this work in the form of articles in “Recherches vendéennes”. The best work will be considered for editorial publication.
The City of La Roche-sur-Yon will integrate the activities of the “Chaire Napoléon” into its cultural activity programmes, and will publicize all study days and lectures so that its inhabitants can attend. To the same end, the Conseil général de la Vendée will also participate in the promotion of the “Chaire Napoléon”’s cultural activities.
La Roche-sur-Yon’s interest in the history of the Consulate and the two Empires has its origins in a strong historical tradition. In 1804, during the peace that followed the war in the Vendée, Napoleon I decided to transfer the capital of the département of Fontenay-le-Comte to La Roche-sur-Yon, a small town of 600 inhabitants which held a strategically important place at the heart of the département. The historic centre of the city is still strongly marked by its original design and the military mode of the First Empire.
The inaugural lecture of the “Chaire Napoléon” will be given on 3 December, 2014, by Professor Jean Tulard of the Institut de France.
To mark the inauguration, an exhibition of rare books bearing the coats of arms of key figures of the First Empire, from the Fondation Napoléon's collection, will be held in the University Library, from 3 to 17 December, 2014.
PARTNERSHIP WITH THE BIBLIOTHEQUE NATIONALE DE FRANCE (PARIS)
On 5 February, 2014, Thierry Lentz, Director of the Fondation Napoléon, on behalf of M. Victor-André Massena, President of the Fondation Napoléon (who was absent), welcomed M. Bruno Racine, President of the Bibliothèque nationale de France (in French), to the Fondation Napoléon for the signing of an agreement of coopération documentaire et numérique between the two institutions, whose missions of protecting cultural heritage and sharing knowledge perfectly complement and enhance each other.
Partnership with the Musée de l'Armée (Paris)
On 6 April, 2010, M. Victor-André Masséna, Prince d'Essling and President of the Fondation Napoléon, and General Robert Bresse, Director of the Musée de l'Armée, signed a partnership agreement linking the two establishments and their future collaborations.
As part of this agreement, the Musée and the Fondation have agreed to continue to collaborate in the organisation of: events, notably exhibitions, academic exchanges and, more generally, anything that will encourage the development of Napoleonic history and the public interest thereof. The signatories will promote in particular research from historians and individuals into the imperial periods, aided by an accord between the respective institutions' documentation centres. Joint research projects and publications will also be discussed. A board to oversee the collaboration will be set up shortly.
Institutional partnership in Northern Italy:
The Fondation Napoléon and the Provincia di Alessandria, Italy
The Fondation Napoléon has signed a partnership with the Provincia di Alessandria which envisages scholarly and museological collaboration. Articles produced by the Centre for Napoleonic studies in Alessandria will be published in Napoleonica La Revue (the Fondation's e-journal), the Fondation will act in an advisory capacity on the scientific committee for the designing of the new Museum of the Battle of Marengo, or Marengo Museum. The re-opening of the museum and the building of the pyramid is part of the Fondation's commitment to encourage and support the study of Napoleon I worldwide.
For further details concerning developments at the new museum in Marengo outside Alessandria, click here.
A beacon partnership:
The Fondation NapolÉon and the Institute on Napoleon and the French Revolution, at the Florida State University, USA
For several years now the Fondation Napoléon has been cultivating a close relationship with the Institute on Napoleon and the French Revolution at the Florida State University in Tallahassee. In September 2007, the two institutions signed a general partnership agreement.
This makes provision for the two institutions to develop, within the framework of their historical research and dissemination of Napoleonic history in any form, their academic collaboration and to share where possible their resources, with a view to promoting and disseminating historical research on the Napoleonic period. In particular, they will combine their resources and expertise to organise:
- joint events, such as conferences, colloquia, historical research meetings;
- academic exchanges, such as collaborations on research, publications, and contacts between librarians and libraries;
- reception of students to include giving them the opportunity to pursue their studies, possibly even considering the possibility of setting up study grants and post-doctoral training programmes; and any other joint action likely to further the objective of the agreement.
Furthermore, the Fondation Napoléon and the Institute on Napoleon and the French Revolution undertake to:
- offer a special welcome to students of Florida State University and researchers from the Fondation Napoléon, in particular by giving them easier access to the Bibliothèque d’Etudes et de Recherches (Fondation Napoléon) and to the Napoleon Collection (Strozier Library, Florida State University);
- establish, in a form yet to be decided, regular interchanges between librarians, in the form of bibliographical searches or exchange of information;
- promote the activity of the Institute on Napoleon and the French Revolution on the website www.napoleon.org and promote the activity of the Fondation Napoléon on the website http://www.fsu.edu/napoleon/.
For further details, contact Peter Hicks, international relations manager at the Fondation Napoléon, at: hicks(at)napoleon.org