Instituto del Patrimonio Cultural de España


The Institute of Cultural Heritage of Spain (IPCE) is a General Subdirectorate attached to the Directorate General of Fine Arts and Cultural Heritage and Archives and Libraries, Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports. Its mission is research, conservation and restoration of the assets that comprise the Cultural Heritage. It is a complex work that the IPCE approached from a multidisciplinary perspective, through its staff specialists in various disciplines: architects, archaeologists, ethnographers, restaurateurs, physicists, geologists, chemists, biologists, archivists, computer scientists, librarians, archivists and conservatives, among others. A task that emanates from the social commitment of a constitutional nature, the Central Government, along with the rest of the government, is fulfilled for the preservation and enhancement of Cultural Heritage. The IPCE is a reference center in Spain for Cultural Heritage studies.

Key Persons

María Martín Gil . PhD in Science (Doctor Europeus) working at the Inorganic Chemistry Department, San Pablo-CEU University, Madrid, Spain. For accomplishing these studies she was granted by the Ministry of Science and Technology with a FPI (Research Personal Training) between 1999 and 2002. During this period, several funded research stays at the Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen (Germany) took place. Previously she obtained a BSc in Chemist, by Complutense University, Madrid. For 11 years she held several positions at the CICC (Center of Research and Quality Control- AECOSAN Spanish Agency for Consumer Affairs, Food Security and Nutrition), developing analytical research with different techniques. In 2014, she joined the Spanish Institute of Cultural Heritage (IPCE) as head of the Research and Training Department. During her career she has published several articles in specialized scientific journals, and presented studies in national and international congresses.



Ana Ros Togores is Head of Books and Documents Conservation Deparment in the Spanish Cultural Heritage Institute since January 2015. Due to her Art History degree and Museum Master by Complutense University of Madrid, her professional background is related with the Naval Museum in Madrid where she has been working as responsible of Preventive Curation Department and Head of Decorative and Plastic Arts Section. She is member of the ICOM and has several publications focused on collections of Naval Museum of Madrid and has collaborated in catalogues of expositions about Art and History.



Carmen Pérez de Andrés. Technical certificate in Conservation and Restoration of artworks (Archaeological objects) and graduated in Art History, works from 1980-1990 as restorer and since 1990 as curator at several Museums and conservation centers. He is currently Deputy Assistant Director General of the Institute of Cultural Heritage of Spain. Participation in research projects: 1999 - 2001: I + D National Plan (CICYT - FEDER). Study and quantification of the effects of laser cleaning on the monumental stone. 1990 - 1992: European network of laboratories: sucrose. Conservation of historical and archaeological wood from aqueous or wet environments. Conferences, courses, symposiums, congresses and publications on research in restoration and conservation, preventive conservation, museums, restoration of artworks and cultural heritage.



Juan Sanchez Sanchez. Technical certificate in Conservation and Restoration of artworks (Restoration of graphic works and documentary collections) from the School of Madrid. Technical certificate in bookbinding of artworks. Sanchez since 1976 is part of the technical staff of various government agencies: 1976 to 1980 - Centro Nacional de Restauración de Libros y Documentos del Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia.. 1980 to 1985 - Centro de Conservación y Microfilmación del Ministerio de Cultura. 1985 to 1996 - Instituto de Conservación y Restauración de Bienes Culturales del Ministerio de Cultura. 1996 to 2001 – Instituto del Patrimonio Histórico Español del Ministerio de Cultura. 2001 to actuality – Instituto del Patrimonio Histórico Español del Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte.



Emma Sanchez Alonso. BA Geography and History (Art History) from the Complutense University of Madrid. Technical certificate in Conservation and Restoration of artworks (Restoration of graphic works and documentary collections) from the School of Madrid. Post graduate in Management of Cultural Heritage UCM. Sanchez has worked as a restorer of Graphic Documents since 1995 in various public institutions, museums, State Archives and National Heritage: Heritage Institute Cultual Spanish, Army Museum, Royal Palace of Madrid National Heritage, General Archive of Simancas, National Library, Colombina Library, General Archive of the Indies, Barbachano and Beny; Archives of the Municipal Sports Board, the City of Madrid, Museum of Contemporary Art in Ibiza, Ibiza Cathedral Archive. In 2010 he joined the staff of the IPCE for work in the restoration the Books and documents, since 2011 working in the NANOFORART project.



María del Carmen Hidalgo Brinquis. Received her Doctor’s degree in Romanesque Philology from the Complutense University of Madrid, with the thesis: “Papermaking in Spain Turing the 18th and 19th centuries: Watermarks paper”. Now retired, she is Emeritus person in the Spanish Cultural Heritage Institute. Hidalgo is member of Museum`s Conservation Corps. Hidalgo is author of about fifty articles in specializing journals and lectures about Paper History and problems inherent in its conservation.