The many friends of Didier Grange in ICA will be delighted to learn that he has been appointed a Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters by the French Minister of Culture.
He received the award from Hervé Lemoine, Director of the Archives of France, at a ceremony, which took place at the French National Archives in the centre of Paris on 22 October.
In his speech Hervé Lemoine spoke eloquently about Didier’s long-standing commitment to international activities, highlighting his service as President of SPA, ICA Deputy Secretary-General and now Chair of PIAF (Portail International des Archives Francophones). In his reply Didier emphasized the importance of international cooperation for the global archival community, as well as the considerable satisfaction which it gave him personally.
Claude de Moreau de Gerbehaye (General Archives of the Kingdom of Belgium), the former President of the Association Internationale des Archivistes Francophones (AIAF), also received the same award at this ceremony.
Archivists throughout the world will wish to join the ICA Secretariat in offering Didier and Claude their warmest congratulations.