Since its foundation in 2006, the ICRPC, its research groups and its researchers have carried out a wide range of activities. The Institute and its members have hosted and organized seminars and symposiums, participated in Spanish and international seminars and congresses, made presentations and given papers, held specialized conferences, carried out studies, published monographic works, undertaken practical museum studies,and promoted a recognized collection of publications including a monographic series and a conference series. Furthermore, the Institute has boosted the presentation of research to society, with diverse science communication activities for a non-specialized public. These kinds of dissemination activities are considered one of the essential priorities of research centres in the current Horizon 2020 European programme.
The ICPRC’s research has focused on studies of archeology, anthropology, art and history of art, architectural heritage and historical memory, museology and museography, traditional and popular culture, and the social use of heritage.
The objective of the Institute is to maintain and expand these research fields, and to become a leading centre for heritage studies in Catalonia, under the broad perspective of all the implications of heritage, and all debates on this subject.
For this reason, in the next four years the ICRPC must organize and prioritize its research areas to achieve the highest level of efficacy, visibility and relevance. The starting point forall of the Institute’s work must be the modernsense of the “socialization” of heritage.