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The Foundation

Foundation for the Preservation and Development of the Domaine de Chantilly

 

Set up in 2005 by His Highness the Aga Khan, the Foundation for the Preservation and Development of the Domaine de Chantilly was entrusted, by the Institut de France, with preserving and promoting this great historic site in coordination with the Institut until 2025. The Domaine de Chantilly was bequeathed to the Institut de France in 1884, in compliance with the Duke of Aumale's will.

The Foundation has a dual mission: to make the domain sustainable, in keeping with the Duke of Aumale's legacy, by guaranteeing long-term economic and environmental development and promoting the Domaine de Chantilly as part of the world's cultural landscape, and making it a role model in terms of cultural heritage management.

Since it was set up, the Foundation has planned and supervised an extensive programme of renovation and restoration, in order to preserve the entire domain (Château, Grounds and Great Stables). These projects are financed by a public-private partnership between the French government, the Picardie Regional Authority, the Oise Departmental Authority, His Highness the Aga Khan and private patrons. Since it was set up, the Foundation has launched numerous projects to preserve, restore and renovate many historic elements and buildings on the site, including the gardens and art collections, as part of a programme to improve the cultural offering and facilities for visitors.

These projects have contributed to strengthening the domain's economic viability by adapting top level management standards to the growth and evolution of cultural requirements. The Foundation's economic development policy is strengthened by its efforts to preserve the extraordinary treasures of the domain. This policy is based on a varied cultural programme, scientific excellence, visitor satisfaction and an active network of influential thinkers in France and abroad. With economic stability and sustainability as its objectives, the Foundation offers new prospects and practices in terms of cultural heritage management.