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Institute of Cultural Heritage of Spain (IPCE)

The Institute of Cultural Heritage of Spain (IPCE), created in 1985 bringing together different existing institutions since the 50s, is a General Subdirectorate attached to the Directorate General of Fine Arts, Ministry of Culture and Sports, Government of Spain. Its mission is the investigation, conservation and restoration of the assets that constitute the Cultural Heritage.

It is a complex task that the IPCE addresses from a multidisciplinary perspective, through its staff: architects, archaeologists, ethnographers, restorers, physicists, geologists, chemists, biologists, documentalists, computer scientists, librarians, archivists and curators, among others.

This fulfils a task that emanates from the social commitment, of a constitutional nature, of the General State Administration, together with the rest of the Public Administrations, for the preservation and enrichment of the Cultural Heritage.


Royal Decree 817/2018, of July 6, which develops the basic organizational structure of the Ministry of Culture and Sports, confers IPCE the following functions:

  • Preparation and execution of plans for the conservation and restoration of movable and immovable property of historical heritage, as well as of the funds that constitute documentary and bibliographic heritage, and cooperation with other public administrations and public or private entities for the development of said plans and their follow-up.
  • Promotion of Spanish archaeological research projects abroad.
  • Archiving and systematization of the work carried out and the available documentation on historical heritage.
  • Research and study on criteria, methods and techniques for the conservation and restoration of historical heritage.
  • Training of technicians and specialists in conservation and restoration of historic heritage.

The performance of all these functions is structured around four axes:

  • The conservation and restoration of the assets that make up the Cultural Heritage of Spain.
  • The research on cultural heritage.
  • The conservation and management of the documentary fund managed by the IPCE.
  • The diffusion of the projects of the institution.


General Subdirector. José Javier Rivera Blanco


Instituto del Patrimonio Cultural de España (IPCE)

Calle Pintor El Greco, 4 (Ciudad Universitaria) 28040 – Madrid





Contact person

Department of Preventive Conservation. Area of Research and Training, IPCE

Juan A. Herráez

Prof. Roberto di Giulio
University of Ferrara, Italy
T his project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020
research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 665220.