House of history: the director of the national archives sacked

House of history: the director of the national archives sacked

The highly controversial House of history, initiated by the President of the Republic, has just made a first victim. The director of the National Archives, Isabelle Neuschwander, was "sacked" by the Ministry of Culture, "paying" for the hostility of the staff to the installation of the House of the History of France on this site. A decision that will revive the controversy over this project, while a scientific committee had just been set up to pilot it ...

At the Ministry of Culture, Isabelle Neuschwander, a former student of the Ecole des Chartes and entered the National Archives in 1990, was quickly considered an objective ally of the staff who, for 134 nights, occupied the Hôtel de Soubise, the the most emblematic building of the "historic quadrilateral" of the National Archives, in the Marais district, to protest against the arrival in these places of the House of the History of France.

A scientific steering committee of the future Maison de l'Histoire de France, chaired by Jean-Pierre Rioux, and in which historians Jean Favier, Benjamin Stora and and Jean-Claude Petitfils participate, was set up last January to steer this project.


Video: The National Archive Museum, Washington DC, New Years Day 2010