When Marianne and Britannia Meet Exhibition

28 March - 27 Apr

In partnership with the UK’s National Archives and the French Diplomatic Archives, the Institut français du Royaume-Uni presents When Marianne and Britannia Meet, an exhibition marking the 120th anniversary of the Entente Cordiale, from 28 March to 27 April 2024. Tracing the history of the Entente Cordiale agreements and their global repercussions, the exhibition brings together for the first time, or reunites, archives of great historical and symbolic significance.

Visitors will discover remarkable documents (archives, cartoons, etc.), which will immerse them in the Belle Époque and the diplomatic negotiations which aimed at building peace between the two countries.

The exhibition has been curated by Charlotte Faucher (University of Bristol) and Guillaume Perissol (Institut français du Royaume-Uni) and made possible thanks to the generous support of Natixis Corporate & Investment Banking and the Friends of the French Institute Trust.


Guided tours

Sat 13 Apr – 14.00, 15.00 & 16.00

Sat 20 Apr – 14.00, 15.00 & 16.00

Book your free slot

The exhibition will be presented in a smaller format:

  • in the Alliance française’s UK network, from April 2024
  • in several schools in the UK
  • at the French Diplomatic Archives in Paris (date TBA)


The Entente Cordiale in 8 dates


Watch Co-Curator Charlotte Faucher Talking about the Exhibition


Watch the Best of the Opening


More resources

You can find a selection of books on the history of the Entente Cordiale at La Médiathèque. 

Explore the catalogue