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At a time when Mercedes Erra, President of the Board of Directors and Luc Gruson, Executive Director, complete their mandates after five years at the head of the Public Institution, it is worth recalling that when they were appointed in 2010, the National Centre for the History of Immigration (Cité nationale de l’histoire de l’immigration) was labeled a “phantom museum” by a major national newspaper and after the controversies concerning its opening, followed by heated arguments over national identity, the museum almost did not recover from being occupied by illegal immigrants that left the public institution depleted, without attendance and with the regulatory authorities’ intention to close it.
What a long way to come in five years! How proud we are to have been inaugurated (at last)!
In 2010, a change in governing bodies of the National Centre for the History of Immigration was the opportunity, within the continuity of the initial project, to redefine priorities for ensuring the development of a public institution whose creation and first years were disrupted. An assessment was made to target new strategic areas that remain within the scientific and cultural project adopted in 2006, but that define the conditions for success. These priorities are restated in the features of the performance contract adopted in 2011 and ending in 2014. In the meantime the Ministry of Culture decided to combine in a single public institution the former SCN Aquarium, which it managed directly, and the National Centre for the History of Immigration. This reconfiguration creates new conditions that do not always lead to simplification, but finally allow for an overall coherency for the heritage site of the Porte Dorée Palace and its two scientific and cultural entities.
2012 is the “zero year” for the new entity formed by combining the Tropical Aquarium and the National Centre for the History of Immigration. For this new “Public Institution of the Palais de la Porte Dorée” it marks a return to normal attendance and in some sectors a remarkable advance with a better comprehension of its medium-term orientations.
In 2011, four years after opening, the National Centre for the History of Immigration notably consolidated its project and its method of operation. Now regulated by a triennial performance contract signed by the institution and its four regulatory ministries, the action of the centre is in line with the four strategic elements that concretely translate the statutory missions of the Public Institution:
The 2011 Activity Report presented to the Board of Directors on 22 March 2012 presents the various actions undertaken to attain these objectives.