To Play an Active Role in the Transmission of Heritage

Château de Versailles: Research Seminar on 3D scanning
3D Digitization - château de Versailles

PATRIMA unites the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences in la Fondation des Sciences du Patrimoine. The purpose of the Foundation is to honour and promote cultural heritage through the development of international research and education programs.

Initiated by the universities of Cergy-Pontoise and Versailles-Saint Quentin in Yvelines, PATRIMA is a unique initiative. It is made up of prestigious cultural institutions including le Musée du Louvre, la Bibliothèque nationale de France, le Musée du Quai Branly, and le Château de Versailles, many major research and restoration laboratories, scientists, historians, and conservationists.

Know and Understand 

  • To study and understand the physical properties of the materials that compose artefacts as well as their historical and cultural significance.
  • To develop conceptual tools which will allow us to perform a more in depth analysis. 

Conserve and Restore

  • To obtain a better understanding of the effects of the environment on the artefacts and their decay.
  • To be aware and keep track of what restoration techniques have already been applied.
  • To develop new, innovative, less invasive and more effective methods of conservation and restoration.
  • To pass on this knowledge to future generations of restorers and historians.
  • To perform further research in the field of digitalization and bring new perspectives to the dematerialization of cultural objects. 

Share and Publicize

  • To ensure that the findings are effectively transmitted from the scientific community to the public .
  • To study social and cultural mediation techniques in order to best communicate this information through the development of technological tools and launching of new museum experiences.