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The CICRP operates in the fields of preventative conservation, curative conservation and restoration of public cultural heritage or private cultural heritage protected as historic monuments. The CICRP‘s activities are carried out in accordance with the Heritage Code of the Ministry of Culture.

These activities may concern Museums of France, historic monuments, archives, libraries, art centres and Regional Contemporary Art Funds (FRACs), or any other institution preserving such cultural property.

These fields of expertise relate to:

  • Contemporary art and materials
  • Graphic arts
  • Written heritage
  • Easel painting
  • Mural painting
  • Stonework
  • Preventative conservation, particularly problems relating to biological contamination (mould and infestation)

The CICRP provides owners and custodians of cultural property, collections or monuments scientific and technical expertise and assistance. It offers advice, recommendations and methodological approaches. It can carry out diagnostic assessments and preliminary studies. It provides support to project managers in conservation and restoration operations.

It accepts works under restoration and supports these operations by making available equipment and human resources that allow private restorers selected by the project managers to carry out their work under the best possible conditions: security, scientific support, etc.

As well as this, the CICRP carries out studies and research relating to problems of conservation and deterioration of heritage materials.