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Preserving the past and shaping the future

The Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage is the federal institution that documents, studies and preserves Belgium's cultural and artistic heritage.

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Thank you for your vote!

On Sunday 27 November, the voting campaign for the Heritage Challenge 2022 came to an end. No less than 14,980 people voted for one of the six heritage treasures selected this year. An absolute record!

With 4,633 votes, it was the statue of Notre-Dame des Malades in Tournai that won the hearts of the public. It won the Public Prize and will receive financial support worth 5,000 euros for its conservation-restoration.

In December, a special commission composed of Belgian personalities will designate the Grand Winner of the Heritage Challenge 2022. The six treasures selected this year are all in the running for this title. The Grand Winner will benefit from KIK-IRPA's communication and fundraising support for one year.

On Tuesday 10 January 2023 at 11am, you will find out who the Grand Winner of the Heritage Challenge 2022 is.

Our services

Public institutions, but also owners of private collections in Belgium and abroad, can apply to our institution for the conservation, study and documentation of works of art and other heritage objects. You can contact us for:

  • Conservation of art works
  • Scientific analysis methods and dating techniques
  • Photography and scientific imaging
  • Art historical research

We share our knowledge and expertise

One of the core tasks of the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage is collecting, archiving and disseminating the scientific research data from all disciplines covered by our experts. We also play a pioneering role in the field of Open Data in the arts and heritage sector. We want to share our knowledge and expertise with the heritage sector and the general public as much as possible.

  • Discover our exceptional range of documentation
  • Read more about our activities
  • Join our team as an employee or intern

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Floods July 2021: contact point for affected heritage and call for volunteers

We were all shocked by the terrible news of the floods that struck our country. First and foremost, our hearts go out to all the victims and their families. In addition to the untold human suffering, many museums, monuments and heritage sites have been put in danger by this disaster.
The Institute linked up with other relevant authorities in a crisis committee for heritage.

News from the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage

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The Grammont Breviary online


The Grammont Breviary, a significant piece of Belgian heritage preserved in Maredsous, is now available online in three different languages on a special website. The Breviarium project is the result of a synergy between the Royal Institute of Cultural Heritage and the KU Leuven.

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