The KIK-IRPA will be closed on Thursday 5 and Friday 6 May. We wish everyone a nice long weekend. 


Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA)

The KIK-IRPA is a federal scientific institute responsible for the documentation, study and conservation-restoration of the cultural and artistic heritage of our country.

Art historians, photographers, chemists, archaeologists, engineers and conservator-restorers carry out interdisciplinary research on the materials and techniques used in works of art and cultural artefacts and on the materials and methods used in conservation-restoration.

The KIK-IRPA is a unique resource for scientific, photographic and technical documentation of the cultural heritage of the country. More information

See the KIK-IRPA's main projects


6-8|07|2016 Congresss Chemistry for Cultural Heritage
The KIK-IRPA and the University of Antwerp are pleased to announce the 4th International Congress Chemistry for Cultural Heritage (ChemCH2016), which will be held in Brussels on July 6-8, 2016. Contributions for oral presentations and posters are welcome on any aspect of chemistry for Cultural Heri...
17-18|09|2016 Open days at the KIK-IRPA
On Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 September 2014 the KIK-IRPA will open its doors as part of the Open Monument Days of the Brussels-Capital Region, this year with the theme Styles recycled. This is a rare opportunity to wander around the institute at your own pace, discovering the research and restorat...
19-21|10|2016 EECHB International Conference
We are pleased to announce the 2nd International Conference on Energy Efficiency and Comfort of Historic Buildings (EECHB 2016) of which Hilde De Clercq, Head of the Laboratories department of the KIK-IRPA, is member of the Organizing Committee and International Scientific Committee. This event will...
27-28|10|2016 Relics @ the lab workshop
On 27 and 28 October the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA) organises the international workshop Relics @ the Lab. The workshop will be held in English. Over the past decade the scientific interest in relics and kindred artefacts has grown enormously. Without any doubt relics as well ...