The Catalan Institute for Cultural Heritage Research (ICRPC)
Founded in 2006 by the Government of Catalonia and the University of Girona, the Catalan Institute for Cultural Heritage Research (ICRPC) aims to focus on the heritage handed down to us, the residue of time and civilizations, the thread of memory.
Currently, since 2013 the ICRPC is headed by Professor Dr. Joaquim Nadal and the technical direction of Dr. Joan Bosch. Since 2013 the Institute has incorporated new lines of study following the international projection from a research carried out in Catalonia.
The center was directed by Dr. Gabriel Alcalde and the technical direction of Dr. Josep Burch during an initial phase (2007-2013)
We recognise the universal dimension of cultural heritage,examine both tangible and intangible heritage, and follow the guidelines of UNESCO and otherinternational organizations in this area, including the International Council of Museums(ICOM).
Heritage is the evidence of the evolution of human societies that has reached us.It has a documentary, physical and intangible value that helps us to identify and define the profile of civilizations and societies.
In Catalonia, the accumulated traces and remains take on a special dimension, associated with the historical, social, institutional and cultural evolution of our region. Sites, monuments and centres form a rich, extensive network that reflects successive processes of heritagization.
Research at the ICRPC is focused on this heritage:on its study, its uses, new processes of heritagization, the visitors that come to see it, and the attraction of new vistors.
We carry out both basic and applied research.The aim of this combination is to provide the main tools for defining a map, a report, an inventory and the corresponding cataloguing of Catalan heritage, and promote its dissemination, study and internationalization.
Studies on the research areas of the Institute’s team and members, and those comissioned by institutions and individuals, comprise the ICRPC’s experience in its almost ten years of existance, and define its future research areas.
The ICRPCdoes not overlook the essential task of presenting and communicating research to society, through projects and activities promoted and carried out by the Institute.
With its headquarters in Girona and an aim to cooperate with all research centres and academic institutions in Catalania and further afield, the ICRPC, which has its own line of publications, strives to actively participate in the basic discussion of cultural heritage, which is considered an essential factor in the cultural and historical dimension of Catalonia.
The Institute’s objective
To be a leading centre in the field of cultural heritage research, through scientific work based on criteria of excellence, openness and the interrelation of the Institute with other reseach groups in the area of cultural heritage and other scientific fields.