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About us 2017-09-19T12:06:32+00:00

Our mission

Our vision

PRESERVE TOGETHER
THE EUROPEAN HERITAGE
TO BUILD A BETTER FUTURE
PRESERVE TOGETHER
THE EUROPEAN HERITAGE
TO BUILD A BETTER FUTURE
PRESERVE TOGETHER
THE EUROPEAN HERITAGE
TO BUILD A BETTER FUTURE
PRESERVE TOGETHER
THE EUROPEAN HERITAGE
TO BUILD A BETTER FUTURE
PRESERVE TOGETHER
THE EUROPEAN HERITAGE
TO BUILD A BETTER FUTURE

Who we are

Board composition 2016 – 2019

Catherine Pégard

Palace of Versailles, France
President

Catherine Pégard

After studying history and political science, Catherine Pégard began her carrier as a journalist in 1977 in the daily newspaper J’informe. Between 1978 and 1982, she wrote about politics in Le Quotidien de Paris before joining the weekly magazine Le Point as a political journalist where she became editor in chief in 1995. Ms. Pégard published a weekly note “Political notebook” fed from the backstage of politics and from October 2004 to 2007, she co-hosted the show Les Femmes et les Patrons d’abord on Paris Première (TV channel). In May 2007, Catherine Pégard left Le Point and was appointed as adviser to the President of French Republic Nicolas Sarkozy. In August 2011, she was appointed as President of the Public Establishment of the Palace, Museum and National Estate of Versailles and took office on October 2nd 2011.

Hartmut Dorgerloh

Prussian Palaces and Gardens of Berlin-Brandenburg, Germany
Vice-president

Hartmut Dorgerloh

After studying art history and classical archeology at the Humboldt University in Berlin, Hartmut Dorgerloh worked as a conservator at the Institute for the Preservation of Monuments of the GDR in Berlin until 1990. From 1991 to 2002, he headed the Department of Monument Protection at the Ministry of Science, Research and Culture of the State of Brandenburg. In 1997 he gained his doctorate with a thesis on the history of the Berlin National Gallery. From 1999 to 2002 he was also founder of the House of Brandenburg-Prussian History in Potsdam. Since August 2001, he has been the Director General of the Stiftung Preußische Schlösser und Gärten Berlin-Brandenburg. In addition, he teaches as an honorary professor at the Humboldt University in Berlin.

Axel Harms

Royal Danish Collections, Denmark
Vice-president

Axel Harms

Axel Harms is Head of Public engagement and Research at The Royal Danish Collection at Rosenborg Castle and Amalienborg Palace, where he is responsible for exhibition planning and development, and public programming. In addition, he oversees the research programs of The Royal Danish Collection. He has been actively working with European Royal Residences since 2003.
Before his current position, he worked as a curator at Rosenborg Castle. He has a Master’s degree in history and media science from the University of Copenhagen, and a diploma degree in management.

Laurent Salomé

Palace of Versailles, France
General secretary

Laurent Salomé

Laurent Salomé is a chief heritage curator, specialised in the 17th century and the author of numerous scientific projects. As Director of the musée des Beaux-Arts in Rouen, he implemented a remarkable acquisitions and exhibitions policy, including the design and organisation of operation ‘Normandie Impressionniste’. As Scientific Director of the Réunion des Musées Nationaux – Grand Palais (RMN-GP), since 2011, he has led numerous exhibitions including important international collaborations.
He has been appointed as Director of the musée national des châteaux de Versailles et de Trianon by the Minister of Culture and Communication. Laurent Salomé handles the key scientific issues facing the palace, one of whom is to ensure that close cooperation is maintained with other important palace-museums.

Elżbieta Grygiel

Museum of King Jan III’s Palace at Wilanów, Poland
Assistant General Secretary

Elżbieta Grygiel

Elżbieta Grygiel gained experience in cultural management i.e. by leading a cultural exchange program uniting 26 countries of Europe, Central Asia and the Caucasus (Arts & Culture Network Program of Open Society Institute). She is an art historian, author of numerous articles on art and art education, member of ICOM. As the Head of the Social Communication Department in the Museum of King Jan III’s Palace at Wilanów, Poland, she encourages contacts between the museum and academy, publishes books, organises conferences and popularizes research results as well as international partnerships between the royal residences.

António Nunes Pereira

Parques de Sintra Monte da Lua, Portugal
Treasurer

António Nunes Pereira

António Nunes Pereira studied Architecture at University of Lisbon before moving to Germany where he lived for 12 years working as Assistant at the Department of Protection of Building Heritage of the Faculty of Architecture, University of Technology, Aachen (1993 – 2000). After his PhD he came back to Lisbon as professor at the Design University Institute IADE and from 2005 until 2009 he coordinated the research project “Architecture e Mathematic”: search of proportions and geometric patterns in the churches of Old Goa. Since 2010 A. Nunes Pereira is the director of the Nacional Palace of Pena and from 2015 onwards also of the Palace of Monserrate and of the Chalet of the Countess of Edla, Parques de Sintra – Monte da Lua, S.A. In 2016 he was nominated treasurer of the Network of European Royal Residences .

Tamás Ujvary

Royal Castle of Gödöllő, Hungary
Assistant Treasurer

Tamás Ujvary

Tamás, Dr. UJVÁRY is the General Manager of Gödöllő Royal Palace public benefit Ltd. which company operates two palaces in Hungary.
T. Ujváry started to work as tourist guide and room keeper in Gödöllő Royal Palace 1997 and come up through the ranks – worked as waiter in the Palace Café, as event manager, and later as head of information and ticketing department.
He got his diploma on Pázmány Péter Catholic University Budapest Faculty of Law and Political Sciences in 2005. After finishing his studies he worked as counsel for a bank two years long. Because of his love to history and historic ambient he turned back to Gödöllő Royal Palace and helped the work of two successive general managers as deputy. Meanwhile he took part in touristic developments and the Palace’s renovation works as member of project management. Since January 2017 he is managing the Royal Palace Gödöllő.

What we do

Our aim is to strengthen collaboration at European level by reinforcing links between member  institutions and countries.
We facilitate cooperation, disseminate good practices, share experiences among professionals and build capacity through:

TECHNICAL
MEETINGS

COOPERATION
PROJECTS

PROFESSIONAL
EXCHANGES

INTERNATIONAL
CONFERENCES

MANAGEMENT
MEETINGS

How to join

European Royal Residences’ means a residence which has been acquired or built by a sovereign (whether princely, ecclesiastical, royal or imperial) which may be partially still in use today, but must be opened to the public.

The institutions responsible for managing these European royal residences must be permanent and at the service of the public and its development. They acquire, conserve, protect, restore, maintain and enhance the heritage property (buildings, collections, gardens) they manage for the purposes of studies, education and the transmission of knowledge”. ( Art 3 of the Statutes)

CATEGORIES OF MEMBERSHIP 

Full member

Any institution which manages a European Royal residence which is involved in the performance of the network’s mission and purpose. They have right of vote during the GA.

Associate member

The conditions of the partnership between the ARRE and the associate member are laid down in an agreement renewed each 5 years. They pay the lowest fee they have no right of vote during the GA.

Supporting member

Any person or institution providing substantial (financial or other) assistance because of its interest in royal residences working together.

Fees: For full member the subscription fee is fixed according to the number of annual paying guests of the institution.

Three amounts of contributions have been fixed:

  • €8 800  for institutions receiving more than a million paying guests a year
  • €6 600  for those who welcome between 500 000 and a million paying guests a year
  • €4 400  for members with less than 500 000 paying guests a year.

The subscription is valid for one calendar year.

Admission

Admission decisions are taken once a year by the General Assembly which is usually held  in May.
The secretariat provides detailed information and an application form (submission deadline:  1st April) residencesroyales@chateauversailles.fr

Contact

European Royal Residences Network
Château de Versailles
RP 834 – 78008 Versailles cedex
residencesroyales@chateauversailles.fr

Elena Alliaudi, Chargée Mission Europe
+33 (0)1 30 83 58 82
Elena.alliaudi@chateauversailles.fr