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Partner 4. IPCE Instituto del Patrimonio Cultural de España

The Instituto del Patrimonio Cultural de España (Spanish Cultural Heritage Institute) of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport is the national institution devoted to the conservation and restoration of the Spanish Cultural Heritage. To carry out this task, the IPCE staff comprises specialist of various areas: architects, archaeologists, ethnographers, curators, conservators, conservation scientists, among others. The functions are:

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Marián del Egido: Head of Scientific Conservation Department of the Instituto del Patrimonio Cultural de España. Marián del Egido received her Bachelor’s degree in Science (Physics) from the Complutense University of Madrid in 1993. Since 1995 to 2000, she worked as researcher in the National Museum of Science and Technology (Madrid), where she participated in projects related to documentation and publication of scientific instrument historical collections and she was in attendance to national and international meetings organized by the Scientific Instrument Society and the International Union of the History and Philosophy of Science. Since 2000, she is Head of Scientific Conservation Department of the Spanish Cultural Heritage Institute (IPCE). During this period, she has participated in national and international projects related to scientific conservation of cultural heritage. She has coordinated several interventions and researches on scientific methods on conservation and she has organized many courses and seminars on this issue. She is member of the ICCROM Council from 2007.
Carmen Hidalgo: Head of the Book Conservation Department. Mª del Carmen Hidalgo 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”. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Conservation of Books and Documents from the School of Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage of Madrid. In 1971 employed as conservator, first in the Conservation and Microfilming Centre, and after, in the Spanish Cultural Heritage Institute, where since 2001 she is Head of Books and Documents Conservation Department. During this period, she is member of Museum’s Conservator Corps, representative for Spain of IPH (International Association of Paper Historians) and Secretary General and Founder of the “Hispanic Association of Paper Historians”. She has published over fifty articles in specializing journals and lectures about Paper history in Spain and problems inherent in its conservation.


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