Maryvonne de Saint-Pulgent Appointed as Head of the Maison de l’Histoire de France

Hôtel de Rohan-Strasbourg
Facade on rue Vieille du Temple
Archives Nationales et Maison de l’Histoire de France
Photo : Didier Rykner

23/12/11 - Appointment - Paris, Maison de l’Histoire de France - The rumor that Jean-François Hébert was resigning from the Maison de l’Histoire de France had been circulating for the last few days. President of the château de Fontainebleau, he told us that this was not a resignation but in fact the end of his mission setting up the first stage of this new institution. The 1st January 2012 will mark the foundation of the Etablissement Public Administratif and it was simply impossible for him to be the president of two institutions at the same time.

This new public establishment thus needed to find a director. Frédéric Mitterand has just announced, therefore, the appointment of Maryvonne de Saint-Pulgent. At sixty, she is well known in cultural circles as she was, notably, director of Patrimoine from 1993 to 1997.
The job awaiting her will not be an easy one. Not only due to the strong opposition voiced by archive personnel against what they consider as negative consequences for the Archives Nationales (see article in French), but also because the scope of the establishment is for the moment still very vague. The draft of the scholarly project submitted to the French Minister of Culture last June was, in this regard, particularly eloquent (see article in French). We hope that the final project, which should be published next month will be much clearer and also more concrete. As well as being more scholarly.

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Didier Rykner, vendredi 23 décembre 2011

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