In 2019, the INP's international strategy focused on the Near and Middle East (particularly countries in conflict zones), the Maghreb, Sub-Saharan Africa, Ethiopia, China and Europe.
The international perspective of the INP is reflected in the reception of foreign students and professionals, the sending of students abroad as part of internships or field-schools, participation in European and international projects, the design of tailor-made training courses for professionals in France and abroad as well as providing support for the implementation of initial training. For certain actions relating to professionals in the Mediterranean basin, the INP provides training within the Mediterranean Institute of Heritage Professions (I2MP).
In addition, following a recent amendment, the Institut national du patrimoine and its foreign partners may jointly issue an equivalent diploma automatically recognised in France. This is provided that the Institut national du patrimoine be authorised by the Minister of Culture to deliver such a diploma under this international partnership, and only when the diploma is recognised in the country concerned.
In the Near and Middle East
With a view towards strengthening France's action to protect the heritage of the Middle East, several INP visits were made to Lebanon in 2018 and 2019.
A first field-school was opened in June 2019 at the Beit Gazo research and restoration centre. This included a pilot role in the processing of graphic documents linked with the development of a professional programme involving Lebanese universities, the Directorate General of Antiquities and the French Institute of the Near East.
The INP is also involved in conservation projects in conflict-zone countries.
On the issue of training, the Inp is stakeholder in the project for the safeguarding of written heritage in Iraq backed by the National Library of France (Bibliothèque nationale de France) and selected by ALIPH for funding in 2019.
In 2016, the INP welcomed Iraqi heritage professionals appointed by the Iraqi Ministry of Culture and Antiquities to receive training on combating illicit trafficking in cultural property. Another training course was given on the theme of "Running a Museum: Scientific and technical challenges, relationship with the public, topical issues" organised by the INP and the Louvre Museum in 2017 for professionals from Libyan museums on the initiative of the French archaeological mission in Libya and with the support of the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Culture and Campus France.
Since 2010, upon request of Agence France-Muséums, the INP has been carrying out a training expertise mission for the future staff of the Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum (conservation of collections, cultural programming and mediation, administrative management, etc.). In partnership with the École de Louvre, it provides educational deliverables for the staff of the future museum.
- Conservation-restoration of archives at Beit Gazo in the lebanon as part of a field-school from 17th to 28th June 2019, INP [online]
- Introduction meeting to present the call for projects and emergency procedure by the International Alliance for the Protection of Heritage (ALIPH) in conflict areas, 15th February 2019, Ministry of Culture[online]
- Signing of a partnership agreement in Rabat, 16th November 2017, INP [online]
- Reception of an Iraqi delegation for a training course on combating the illicit looting of cultural property, 10 October 2016, INP [online]
In 2018 and for the first time, a joint mission was carried out with Mucem to enhance the I2MP (Institut méditerranéen des métiers du patrimoine) and the complementarity of the two institutions in Algeria. In particular, contacts were established with the National School for the Conservation-Restoration of Cultural Property in Algiers and several other museums.
In 2017, an agreement was signed by the INP and MUCEM, on behalf of the Institut méditerranéen des métiers du patrimoine (I2MP) with the National Museum Foundation of the Kingdom of Morocco (Fondation nationale des musées du royaume du Maroc), University Mohammed V and the National Institute of Archaeology and Heritage studies (Institut national des sciences de l'archéologie et du patrimoine (INSAP) and in collaboration with the Rabat French Institute Rabat (Institut français de Rabat). I2MP training courses in Morocco are planned for 2020.
In 2013, a framework cooperation agreement was signed between the National Heritage Institute Tunisia (Institut national du patrimoine de Tunisie (INP) and the National Heritage Institute (Institut national du patrimoine) in collaboration with the French Institute Tunis (Institut français de Tunis). In 2015 and as part of this framework agreement, the INP welcomed six heritage curators appointed by the Heritage Institute Tunis to participate in training sessions. Several missions were carried out in 2017 to further develop this partnership.
In Sub-Saharan Africa
In July 2019, the INP was invited by the Ministry of Culture as part of the forum "African Heritage: Making our new cultural cooperation a success together" to participate in exchanges and training of African professionals.
The INP is associated with ongoing projects such as the renovation of the Yaoundé National Museum in Cameroon, supported by the French Development Agency, and continues to welcome professionals every year from Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Côte d'Ivoire, Gabon, Guinea and Chad in particular. From January 2018 to June 2019, Honoré Tchatchouang Ngoupeyou, a Cameroonian professional, followed the entire training course for heritage curators and is currently pursuing a doctorate through a project in heritage studies at the University School of Research "Humanities, Creation and Heritage".
- Speech by Franck Riester, Minister of Culture, at the forum "African Heritage: Making our new cultural cooperation a success together", Thursday 4th July 2019, Ministry of Culture [online]
- Promoting historical and cultural heritage in Cameroon, French Development Agency (Agence française de développement) [online]
Since 2008, the INP has been interacting with Ethiopia in association with the laboratory of the Department of conservators as well as that of current students or former student curators and restorers.
The laboratory is partner in the project "An information system for the conservation and restoration of endangered heritage: Ethiopian rock churches", led by the MAPMAAC laboratory of the ‘Ecole nationale supérieure d'architecture de Paris-La Villette’, in collaboration with the National Institute of Art History (Institut national d'histoire de l'art). This project receives several research funds from the Foundation for cultural heritage sciences (Fondation des sciences du patrimoine), of which INP is a member.
In 2019, the INP was invited by the Ministry of Culture to contribute to a project led by the Ethiopian government around Addis Ababa National Palaces, the Jubilee Palace, in partnership with the French Development Agency ( AFD) and Expertise France. This project is built around the hosting of trainees in France and the training of Ethiopian teams on site.
- Qorqor Maryam Project: technical and historical study of the rock paintings of the church of Qorqor Maryam (13th century) and diagnosis of alterations, project led until January 2019, INP [online]
- Icon project: study of the pictorial technique of Ethiopian icons through a production dated from 15th to 18th century, project led until January 2019, INP[online]
The INP has been actively involved in China for almost 20 years. Recently, this presence has been formalized at the highest level by the implementation of three partnerships around which several projects were launched:
A cooperation agreement was signed in September 2016 between the Shaanxi Province Heritage Bureau and the Foundation for cultural heritage sciences. This agreement led to several INP missions to China since the end of 2016, as well as participation in the Franco-Chinese symposium on heritage in Xi'an in November 2017.
After two years of preparation, the first Franco-Chinese field- school project organized by the INP and the Shaanxi Province Heritage Protection Institute will take place in October 2019 in the Gongshutang Temple (early 15th century).
Upon request by the Huaxia Foundation, a tailor-made training course was designed in 2018 for 10 Chinese museum executives accompanied by 4 representatives of the Huaxia Foundation, who followed a programme alternating between lectures given by experts at the INP and visits on the theme "Management and administration of a museum in the 21st century".
The INP is stakeholder in the administrative agreement for the Franco-Chinese exchange and training programme in the field of heritage signed in October 2014 by the Minister of Culture and Communication and the Vice-Minister of Culture of China, the Chinese Academy for Cultural Heritage (CACH), in collaboration with the French Embassy in China and the State Administration of Chinese Cultural Heritage (SACH). This agreement designated the INP as privileged partner of the CACH in France. In 2015, the INP was invited to the 80th anniversary of the CACH as a result of which the first steps of this partnership were implemented. Thus, in the second half of 2016, the INP welcomed 5 CACH professionals for internships in France in the field of heritage and offered training for 10 people in Paris. Currently, the INP and the CACH are working on a trilingual lexicon of French-English-Mandarin heritage.
- Reception of a Chinese delegation in Aubervilliers for the preparation of a field-school in the People's Republic of China, May 2019, INP [online]
- Training of Chinese Museum Directors, December 2018, INP [online]
- INP participation in a meeting centered on heritage in Xi'an, China, November 2017, INP [online]
- Franco-Chinese seminar on the fight against looting and trafficking in cultural property, November 2016, INP [online]
In 2018, The INP was actively involved in the European Year of Cultural Heritage. Five distinctive actions were certified by the coordinator appointed for France. The INP, which had been selected in 2017 by the European Commission to participate in discussions on the evolution of heritage and the future transmission of knowledge (Voices of Culture), was invited to the first European Heritage Fair organised in June 2018, on the occasion of which it was awarded the EU Cultural Heritage Prize / Europa Nostra competition for its pedagogy of field-schools organised by the Department of Conservators.
- European Year of Cultural Heritage, 2018, INP [online]
- Presentation of the Voices of Culture working group to the European Commission, 25th September 2017, INP [online]
- In Berlin, the INP participated in the European Cultural Heritage Summit, from 20th to 22nd June 2018 INP [online]