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What we do

The varied work of the Agency includes generating and disseminating knowledge, implementing policy and legislation, administering guarantees and subsidies, and providing practical advice.

Our strength lies in connecting three key elements: practical expertise, scientific knowledge and government policy. These elements are mutually reinforcing, whereby we can base our practical advice on scientific knowledge, on our extensive experience and on the objectives of government policy.

Conversely, our practical expertise and knowledge make a significant contribution to the development of policy. Caring for our heritage is a question of teamwork. It involves owners, research and knowledge institutes, specialist contractors, government authorities and, of course, the Agency itself. Within this partnership, we bring together political and administrative elements, knowledge and practical expertise, and the various ‘domains’ of heritage: historic buildings, museums, archaeology and the landscape. Wherever possible, we adopt an integrated perspective which transcends the dividing lines between these various domains.

Activities in figures (yearly)

  • over 500 advisory reports to support authorities in the assessment of permit applications for major alterations to listed buildings, together with some 1,500 informal advisory reports
  • 50 permits for interventions affecting protected archaeological sites
  • 80 million euros in subsidies for the conservation of monuments
  • 300,000 visitors to our website
  • 13,000 e-mail enquiries handled by the InfoDesk
  • 250 publications (books and journal articles)
  • 500 lectures
  • 50 symposia, workshops and meetings
  • 500 object loans to exhibitions, government departments and diplomatic missions