Announced by the President of the Republic on April 14, the creation of a museum dedicated to Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral has just taken a new step, this Friday July 7. A mission to prefigure the future museum was entrusted by the Minister of Culture to Charles Personnaz, the current director of the National Institute of Heritage.
This is responsible for presenting, after extensive consultation with stakeholders, “hypotheses for the location of the museum” – a priori on the Ile de la Cité, near the cathedral -, as well as “the first elements of architectural and museographic programming”, as of next December, indicates the press release from the ministry. After validation of the main orientations of the project by the Ministry of Culture, Charles Personnaz will have to submit his final report in April 2024.
Promo classmate at the ENA of Emmanuel Macron
Born in 1977 in Pau, holder of a DEA in history and a graduate of the ENA, where he was in the same promotion as Emmanuel Macron, this senior civil servant began his career in 2004 at the Heritage and archives of the ministry of defence.
In 2009, he joined the Ministry of Culture, first as Secretary General of the Department of Museums of France, then as Deputy Director of Museum Policy in the cabinet of Frédéric Mitterrand.
A year later, he found himself in charge of the prefiguration of the Maison de l’histoire de France, a project wanted by President Sarkozy but which would arouse lively controversy over the nature of the national narrative he was supposed to embody, before d be abandoned in 2012 after the election of François Hollande.
Committed to the Work of the Orient
Charles Personnaz then joined the Court of Auditors, as external rapporteur for the third chamber, in charge of the communication sector. At the same time, this committed Catholic, father of four children, and who is the brother of the actor Raphaël Personnaz, takes on voluntary responsibilities within the Œuvre d’Orient.
He notably supervises the creation of a center for the restoration of manuscripts in Lebanon and sits on the scientific council of the “Christians of the East” exhibition at the Arab World Institute. He also co-authored a book on cultural policy, Sauver la Rue de Valois, prefaced by MEP (LR) François-Xavier Bellamy.
In 2019, President Macron commissioned him to report on the protection of endangered heritage and the Christian educational network in the Middle East. It was on April 15 of the same year that Charles Personnaz was appointed director of the National Heritage Institute, the very day of the Notre-Dame fire. It is my “favorite place, in the shadow of which I grew up and where important moments in my personal life took place”, confided, in February 2020 to the monthly Archimag. Here it is on the front line to help better promote the rich history and works of this national monument.