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The Centre de Recherche sur la Conservation (CRC) is a research and services unit that falls under the joint umbrella of the CNRS (France’s national scientific research council), the French National Museum of Natural History (MNHN) and the Ministry of Culture. It specializes in research aiming at the preservation of cultural property, focusing on objects held in museums, archives and libraries, but also on historical monuments. Research aims, in particular, to deepen our understanding of the materials and to study the processes of decay that such materials undergo, as well as to develop preventive and curative preservation techniques.

This unit was created through the amalgamation of the Center for Research on Preservation of Collections (of the National Natural History Museum in Paris), and the scientific team from the Historical Monuments Research Laboratory (located in the Château de Champs-sur-Marne) in 2012 and that of the Museum of Music (housed in the Cité de la Musique in Paris) in 2014.


 French national institute of cultural heritage, called Institut national du patrimoine (Inp), is a higher education institution that belongs to the French Ministry of Culture. The academy is in charge of the selection and training of both curators and conservators that will be enabled to work on national collections. The training in a single institute of these two complementary professions is unique in Europe.

The Inp also offers continuing training programmes and is a place of cultural diffusion through conferences in collaboration with other heritage institutions or universities in France or abroad. The Institut national du patrimoine is located in 2 historical sites : galerie Colbert in Paris, in the heart of the institut national d'histoire de l'art (INHA) for the department of curators and administrative headquarters, and Aubervilliers, for the department of conservators, re-using a former matchstick factory dating from the 19th century and totally renovated for the purposes of the initial and continuing training programmes.