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EPICO European Protocol In preventive COnservation 2018-2020
( international research program on Preventive Conservation )


EPICO 2018-2020

In 2018, the EPICO program has been renewed for three years.

The 2018-2020 EPICO program focuses on:

  • Application of the EPICO assesment method in historic houses  and to the members of the Network of European Royal Residences,
  • Dissemination by training sessions and the publication of the assessment method manual (2019 -2020)
  • Sharing skills and documents on preventive conservation of historic houses on a dedicated Platform.

New partners of EPICO 2018-2020

  • Palace of Versailles, France
  • Network of European Royal Residences
  • Parques de Sintra – Monte da Lua, Portugal
  • Prussian Palaces and Gardens of Berlin-Brandenburg, Germany
  • Palace of Maintenon, France
  • University Paris 1 – Panthéon Sorbonne, France


Publications and Valorization

  • Publication of the EPICO brochure [summer 2019]
  • Launch of “EPICO Platform on the website of the Network of European Royal Residences. This webpage aims to present the method EPICO sharing the different steps of the process and the tests already done, the last publications, etc. [December 2019]
  • Publication of the conference proceedings “Preventive Conservation in Historic-Houses and Palace-Museums: assessment méthodologies and applications”. [January 2020]


Management Meetings and Applications of the method

To manage the EPICO program, several meetings are organized by the Network of European Royal Residences and by the different partners of the program.

→ October 22nd, 2018: Launch meeting of EPICO program, Palace of Versailles (France)
Aims of the meeting:
* Presentation of the objectives and calendar of the EPICO program with the new partners
* Discussion about the contribution of each partner
* Exchange about the collaboration convention between the Palace of Versailles and each of the institution

→ April 15th, 2019: Scientific committee, Palace of Maintenon (France)
Aims of the meeting:
* Sharing the results of the method application in  the Palace of Maintenon
* Discussion on the findings highlight from it

→ November 25-28 2019: Application of the EPICO method, Palace of Sintra (Portugal)
Aims of the meeting:
* Apply the method in a new place
* Teach the method to the new partners of EPICO

→ December 13th 2019: Meeting of the partners, Palace of Versailles (France)
Aims of the meeting:
* Analyse the results of the application of the method in Sintra
* Discussion about the next steps


Find out more information on EPICO 2015-2017 on: https://www.europeanroyalresidences.eu/event/epico2015-2017/