This organization is under local law and is responsible, under a public service delegation, for the day-to-day management and running of the French properties on Saint Helena on behalf of the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs.
Preserving Napoleon’s residences on Saint Helena
In October 2015, two contracts were signed at Longwood House enabling Napoleon’s House on Saint Helena to be preserved through the creation of the Saint Helena Napoleonic Heritage Ltd.
The first contract saw the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, the Government of Saint Helena and the Fondation Napoléon create the Saint Helena Napoleonic Heritage Ltd. non-profit organization under Saint Helena law, the equivalent of a foundation in French law.
The second contract saw the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs entrust the management of the French national property and intangible heritage to Saint Helena Napoleonic Heritage Ltd. It is mainly responsible for the day-to-day running of the properties with two objectives. The first objective is to gradually reduce the costs for the French State by gradually transferring staff on local contracts to employees of Saint Helena Napoleonic Heritage Ltd., while fulfilling the second aim of maintaining a high level of maintenance and services.
Financial contributions from the State will gradually be reduced until the own resources of the Saint Helena Napoleonic Heritage Ltd. company cover the ongoing needs and small investments. The contract signed between the French State and Saint Helena Napoleonic Heritage Ltd. lists the tasks which immediately become the responsibility of the company.
The properties and the works of art in the Longwood House museum remain the property of the French State.
Saint Helena Napoleonic Heritage Ltd. is led by a board of directors composed of one representative of each of the signatories:
- the French Republic is represented by Mr Michel Dancoisne-Martineau, Head of the French National Properties on Saint Helena and employed by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs;
- a representative of the Government of Saint Helena (Mr Thomas Holvey Dax Richards, responsible for economic issues and financial management);
- the Fondation Napoléon (Mr Thierry Lentz, director locally represented by Ms Pamela Young).
The organization’s accounts must be verified and are published every year.