CONFERENCE 'Franco-British relations and Europe, from membership of the EEC to Brexit. Around the Pompidou / Heath archives ’

Organised by the Institut Georges Pompidou

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Georges Pompidou avec le Premier ministre Édouard Heath, dans le bureau de l'Élysée, lors des discussions sur l'entrée du Royaume-Uni dans la CEE, le 19 mai 1971. (Photo par Rolls Press/Popperfoto via Getty Images/Getty Images)


Under the High Patronage of Mr Emmanuel MACRON President of the French Republic

The fiftieth anniversary of the death of the French President Georges Pompidou



As part of the fiftieth anniversary of the death of President Georges Pompidou (1911 1974), the one of Prime Minister Edward Heath's departure from 10 Downing Street (1974) and the hundred and twentieth anniversary of the Entente Cordiale (1904), the Institut Georges Pompidou, founded in 1989 by former French Prime Ministers Édouard Balladur and Pierre Messmer, offers a historiographical and methodological review of the contemporary history of Franco-British relations in the light of European issues, from the United Kingdom's membership into the European Economic Community (1973) to Brexit: power, economic, industrial and monetary policy, diplomacy, defence and culture. The Edward Heath Archives (Weston Library), the transfer of the private archives of the Pompidou family to the Archives Nationales (2019), the Presidential Archives (Archives Nationales), and the oral archives of the Institut Georges Pompidou provide new opportunities for transnational and comparative research. We hope the discussions between French and British researchers and archivists will promote new research fields and inspire collaborations and partnerships between French and British institutions


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9h00: Welcome and introduction (Pascal Marty, Olivier Sibre)

1st session : Les grands enjeux / the big challenges
Présidence / chair : Dominic Grieve

9h15: Anne Deighton (Oxford University)
Into the European Community at Last: Reinventing Britain as a European Power?

9h35: Agnès Tachin (Université de Cergy-Pontoise)
Turning the Tables: General de Gaulle's vetoes of Britain's applications to join the EEC.

9h55: Marie-Claude Esposito (Université Paris III Sorbonne-Nouvelle)
'Competition and Crédit Control': a radical reform of monetary control during Edward Heath’s

10h10: Discussion

10h40: Pause/break

10h55: Stéphane Porion (Université de Tours)
The « Powell effect » on the Conservative Party's stance on the European question (from Heath to Thatcher: 1970-1988).

11h15: Piers Ludlow (LSE)
French and British politics and influence in Brussels, from Ortoli/Jenkins European Commission presidencies to the Thatcher-Delors conflict.

11h35: Béatrice Heuser (Glasgow University)
Franco-British Defence Relations

11h55: Discussion

12h30/12h45 : Déjeuner/lunch


2nd session. Archives et recherche: nouvelles perspectives / Archives and research: new perspectives.
Présidence/chair : Anne Deighton

13h45: Olivier Sibre (Institut Georges Pompidou)
The Institut Georges Pompidou: the memory and history of a former president of the Fifth Republic

14h00: Bénédicte Fichet (Archives nationales)
Preserving the Archives of French Presidents: the Example of Georges Pompidou

14h20: Susan Thomas et Jeremy McIlwaine (Bodleian Libraries)
Sir Edward Heath’s archive in context: political archives in the UK

14h40-14h50: Pause/break

14h55: Daniel Furby (EPLO, Athens)
Edward Heath, Georges Pompidou and Britain's entry to the European Community: historiography and sources

15h15: Cesare Vagge (Oxford University)
Fighting the « Economic War »: Georges Pompidou, Ted Heath and Industrial Policy at the end of the Glorious Thirty (1969-74)

15h35: Boris Hamzeian (Centre national d’art contemporain Georges Pompidou)
The Centre Pompidou: a political and architectural manifesto for Franco-English relations in the second post-war period

15h55 – 16h30/45: Discussion and conclusion


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