CICRP (Marseille)

Centre interdisciplinaire de conservation et de Restauration du Patrimoine
Thursday October 31th – Only by reservation, the places are limited!


The Centre Interdisciplinaire de Conservation et de Restauration du Patrimoine (CICRP) fulfils a public service mission by contributing to the conservation and restoration of cultural heritage objects and buildings or other structures having been classified as “Monuments historiques” and thus offered heritage protection by the French state, whether held or administered by public institutions or privately owned.

Backed by its multidisciplinary teams and its full complement of state-of-the-art scientific equipment, the CICRP is active in all areas of cultural heritage conservation and restoration on behalf of all types of cultural heritage institutions and sites: archives, libraries, contemporary art centres, historic buildings and other structures, museums.

The CICRP’s activities relating to conservation and restoration are mainly focused on its particular areas of expertise: works on paper, contemporary art materials, preventive conservation, biological contamination, easel paintings, wall paintings and stone.

The CICRP has three main missions, in service of the conservation-restoration of cultural property: technical and scientific assistance, research and studies, and the dissemination of knowledge.

It maintains a research and analytical laboratory on its premises in order to analyse microsamples or to employ non-destructive techniques to analyse and examine works of art, as well as to conduct material characterisation or accelerated ageing tests, a photographic studio, and a studio for exposing and developing radiographs.

Its restoration workshops are installed in facilities covering a total area of nearly 2,000 sq.m, including specialised zones for work on paint layers, varnishes, works on paper, wooden supports, supplemented by storerooms, quarantine areas, etc.

The CICRP maintains a specialized documentation centre too.


2:00 pm Presentation of CICRP and its missions
2:15 – 4:00 visit of CICRP and presentation of its activities
First group: visit of the artworks then visit of the laboratory Second group: visit of the laboratory and then the artworks

Visit of the artworks: Julia Ferloni, curator
Visit of the laboratory: Jean-Marc Vallet, conservation scientist

How to go to CICRP?
CICRP is at walking distance from the railway station (Gare Saint Charles). It takes 10 minutes about to reach the CICRP. The route is « rue Honnorat » and then « rue Guibal » which is in the continuation of the previous one. CICRP is in the upper part of this last street. « Rue Honnorat » can be found on the left hand side exit of the railway station (when facing the train platforms). Please see the maps at the end of this document.

Other means of transport :

– BUS : the nearest bus stops are « Bernard Clovis Hugues » and « Belle de Mai La Friche ». This last stop is located at the corner of two streets : « rue Jobin » and « rue Guibal ».
– Bus line 52: you take the bus at gare Saint Charles. There is a bus every 30 minutes (from 7.05 am to 19.05 pm). The nearest bus stops are « Pôle Media » and « Archives Municipales ».
– METRO: You must get off at ‘Gare Saint Charles’ stop. See the map how to reach the CICRP from the railway station.

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For further information and reservation, please contact : Jean-Marc Vallet