Founded in 1964 by André Malraux and inscribed in the law n°2004-809 of 13 August 2004 on local freedoms and responsibilities, the General Inventory of Cultural Heritage “shall identify, study and publicize heritage of cultural, historical or scientific interest” (Art.95, I).
The Inventory is field research that observes, analyses and describes “in situ” works based on archival sources and available bibliography.
The field of investigation is vast and covers all the goods created by man throughout the national territory: architecture and urban planning, objects and furniture, whether public or private, over a period ranging from the 5th century to 30 years before the date of the survey.
Article 95 of the law no. 2004-809 of 13 August 2004 on local freedoms and responsibilities and its implementing decree no. 2005-835 On 20 July 2005, set out the respective missions of the Regions and the Territorial Collectivity of Corsica on the one hand, and the State on the other, with regard to the General Inventory of Cultural Heritage.