“2021 Année Napoléon” > Partners
2021 – Bicentenary of the Emperor’s Death
As a fitting climax to the bicentenary cycle begun in 1969, the Fondation Napoléon has brought together the institutions engaged in this bicentenary under the label “2021 Année Napoléon” [Napoleon Year 2021].
“2021 Année Napoléon” is going to be an unforgettable Napoleon Year throughout France and abroad, notably via the activities of the Villes Impériales [Imperial Towns network], the delegations of the Souvenir Napoléonien, regional and local institutions such as Sciences Po Grenoble, the Institut Catholique de Vendée (ICES), the Municipality of Waterloo and the French Domains on St Helena.
Below is the list (still expanding) of the institutions who are participating and their events.
Last update: 5 October 2020
The AASCAR Association
The AASCAR association was founded in 2020 in the Hauts-de-France region. Its mission is the study of archaeological and tangible remains of contemporary military conflicts. The specific missions it sponsors, both in France and abroad, involve both university researchers (notably from the French National Archaeological Institute INRAP) and independents.
THE ARCHIVES NATIONALES
The French National Archives were founded during the French Revolution, and the institution’s mission is to collect, conserve, provide public access to, and to encourage young people to learn healthy citizenship via national documents. The AN conserve the archives from the different French political regimes from the 7th century up to today, not to mention the archives of Paris notaries, and private record groups of national interest.
THE BIBLIOTHÈQUE NATIONALE DE FRANCE
The French national library, the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, is a public institution under the aegis of the French ministry of Culture and Communication. Its mission is to collect, conserve, and to provide public access to French national documentary heritage. Events
Chaumet, the Parisian jewellers founded in 1780 became very quickly official supplier to Napoleon and Josephine. Ever since then, the history of this jewellery house has been linked to the history of France. In the bicentenary year, Chaumet is celebrating its founding and re-telling the celebrated love story of this world-famous couple via an exhibition at Chaumet’s town mansion at 12 Place Vendôme. Events
THE FRENCH DOMAINS ON ST HELENA
The Napoleonic domains on the island of St Helena have belonged to France since 1857, and they have been run and managed by the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign affairs since 1858. The French domains on the island are: Longwood House, Napoleon’s residence from December 1815 to May 1821; the Valley of the Tomb, where Napoleon’s body was buried from 1821 to 1840; and the Briars Pavilion, Napoleon’s first residence of the island from October to December 1815. Events
THE WATERLOO COMMUNE ÉCHEVINAT OR MAYORAL BUREAU FOR CULTURE
The Waterloo Commune Echevinat or Mayoral Bureau for Culture has for these past thirty years ceaselessly sponsored initiatives encouraging interest and education with respect to Napoleonic history – this particular Belgian commune is not known worldwide for nothing! Hence, it is as part of the series known as “Grandes Conférences Historiques de Waterloo” (Waterloo’s Grand Historical Talks) that on 18 June 2021, the commune will host a major study day entitled “De Waterloo à Sainte-Hélène, le chemin de la Légende” (From Waterloo to St Helena: the stairway to the legend). Events
THE FONDATION DOSNE-THIERS
The Fondation Dosne-Thiers is first and foremost a research library, housing more than 156,000 volumes, including 1,500 old periodicals, 30,000 prints and caricatures, 1,000 drawings and 2,357 boxes of manuscripts. The library is dedicated to the history of France during the 19th century, with material related to the general, political, military, social and administrative history of France from 1789 to 1914. With its delightful air of private library and cabinet of curiosities, it is open to scholars on Thursdays and Fridays. Events
THE INSTITUT CATHOLIQUE DE VENDÉE
The Catholic Institute in the Vendée is a French private university with EESPIG status, founded in 1990 as a non-profit association under the name ICES or Institut catholique d’études supérieures. The university’s campus is in the town of La Roche-sur-Yon, in the French Vendée département and, administratively, it is under the Rectorat of Nantes.
THE INSTITUT DE FRANCE
The Institut de France is a learned society comprising five “académies”. It is partner in the “2021 Année Napoléon” label not only because it is the body that manages the Fondation Dosne-Thiers with the events that take place there or in which the Fondation takes part, but also in its own name.
THE HÔTEL ABBATIAL SAINT RÉMY IN LUNÉVILLE
The museum of the Hotel Abbatial Saint Rémy in Lunéville has more than 1,000 m2 of exhibition space, in which it presents not only its 18th-century collection but also temporary exhibitions.
THE MOBILIER NATIONAL
Since the 17th century, the French Mobilier National furniture repository and its manufactories have showcased French craftsmanship in the exquisite French tapistries, carpets and furniture that they created. The institution is descended from the Garde-Robe [wardrobe] of the French Crown and its primary mission is to provide furniture and furnishings for state buildings.
In addition, it oversees the conservation and restoration of its unique worldwide collection, comprising more than 130,000 items of furniture and furnishing. Events
THE MUSÉE DE L’ARMÉE
Ranked sixth in the Paris top ten of most-visited museums (more than 1.2 million visitors in 2019), the Musée de l’Armée (Army Museum) with its famous collection housed in the Hôtel des Invalides (in Paris’s 6th arrondissement) provides visitors not only with a view of the history of France but also access to the celebrated Dome under which lies the tomb of Napoleon I. The museum was founded in 1905, and it has one of the largest military history collections in the world, with more than 500,000 objects, running from the Bronze Age to the 21st century. Events
THE MUSÉE NATIONAL DU CHÂTEAU DE FONTAINEBLEAU
The Château de Fontainebleau houses a museum dedicated to Napoleon I. Amongst the treasures, there are notably: the sword and tunic from the coronation; the emperor’s famous hat; his campaign furniture; and also the King of Rome’s cradle. The galleries are packed with portraits, busts and objets d’art related to members of his family, diginitaries and Imperial officers, figures not only to whom Napoleon gave European thrones but also to whom he entrusted the administration of the Empire. In total, more than 700 works, for the most part commissioned to serve the Emperor’s political projects, testify to the extraordinary swagger of the Napoleonic episode. Events
THE MUSÉE NATIONAL DE LA MAISON BONAPARTE
The house where Napoleon was born on 15 August 1769 is today the French national “Bonaparte House” museum. Napoleon lived there until the age of 9, when he left to go to primary school in Autun. In 1852, the house was inherited by Napoleon III. In 1923, the Prince Victor Napoléon, heir to the Empress Eugenie, offered the house to the French state, whereupon it was classed as a historical monument. In 1967, the residence became a French National Museum, and today it is under the aegis of the French National museum of the Châteaux of Malmaison and Bois-Préau. In 2004, the building was enlarged through the purchase of a neighbouring house which made it possible to add museum galleries dedicated to the Second Empire and to temporary exhibitions.
THE MUSÉE NATIONAL DES CHÂTEAUX DE MALMAISON ET BOIS-PRÉAU
The Château de Malmaison was acquired in 1799 by Napoleon and Josephine. From 1800 onwards, a succession of meetings, receptions, concerts, balls and games took place there. This private residence, decorated in an elegant and refined style typical of the Consular period, is also renowned for its beautiful gardens in which many rare or exotic plants can be found.
THE MUSÉES NATIONAUX DE L’ÎLE D’AIX
The National Museum on the island of Aix became a historical monument in 1925 when the house from which Napoleon left to surrender to the British was sold to Baron Napoléon Gourgaud (1891-1944), grandson of the General Gaspard Gourgaud, who accompanied Napoleon from Aix to St Helena. The ten rooms in the house/museum tell the stories of the histories of the island of Aix, the Gourgaud Family, and the Napoleonic Legend.
THE CAILLEBOTTE ESTATE
The Caillebotte Estate – the house, the park with its factories and the river – were a major source of inspiration for the Impressionist painter Gustave Caillebotte (1848-1894) who lived there with his family from 1860 to 1879. Although the estate’s name honours this illustrious former resident, that of the estate’s previous owner, the widow Biennais, is no less memorable due to the celebrity of her late husband, Napoleon I’s goldsmith and cabinetmaker Martin-Guillaume Biennais (1764-1843). The sumptuous Empire furniture in the bedroom on the first floor of the house is a reminder.
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THE DEPARTEMENT OF THE SEINE-ET-MARNE
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“SCIENCES PO” GRENOBLE
This elite university establishment for Social Sciences, known by the abbreviation “Sciences Po” (meaning ‘Political Sciences’), stands on a campus in Saint-Martin-d’Hères, near Grenobles. It will participate in the bicentenary of the death of Napoleon I via a conference entitled “After Napoleon”.
THE SERVICE HISTORIQUE DE LA DÉFENSE
The French army history department, the Service Historique de la Défense (SHD), oversees the archives of the ministries in charge of military affairs. It has a one of the largest specialist military history libraries in France. Another of its missions is to accredit, index and collect military symbols (emblems and colours) and to participate in defence history projects.
THE SOUVENIR NAPOLÉONIEN
The Souvenir Napoléonien is the most important Napoleonic association in Europe. It was created on 27 December 1937 and was recognised as being “of public utility” by a ministerial decree of 5 November 1982.
► Delegation of the Île-de-France region (More information later).
► Delegation of the Berry-Val de Loire region (More information later).
VILLE IMPÉRIALE [THE “IMPERIAL TOWN” LABEL]
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