Specialized journals and collections
Journals and works relating to historical monuments and heritage sites are produced by the Ministry of Culture or its public institutions or are supported on an ad hoc or recurring basis within the framework of a national policy for the dissemination of knowledge.
The Regional Directorates for Cultural Affairs (Regional Conservations of Historical Monuments and Departmental Units of Architecture and Heritage) regularly publish reviews of protection or conservation, restoration sites, thematic works or conference proceedings.
On the occasion of the centenary of the 1913 Historical Monuments Act, a selective bibliography was made on historical monuments and the notion of heritage as well as a census of brochures «restored heritage» or «monuments under construction» published by the DRAC since the 1990s to present the results of conservation-restoration campaigns.
Scientific and technical review of historical monuments
Twice a year, Monumental, scientific and technical journal of historical monuments, published by the Heritage Editions (National Monuments Centre, Ministry of Culture public institution) , managing editor of the heritage services of the Ministry of Culture. Monumental takes stock of current and recently completed restoration projects, presents exhibitions and symposia, acquisitions, discoveries and publications, and identifies newly protected buildings and movable objects by a classification measure. 52 titles have been published since its inception in 1992.
The collection «Regards sur...», launched in 1999, is the proceedings of the annual study days of theACAOAF, association of French curators and antiques and art objects founded in 1986. Each year, the association brings together around a national heritage issue about 150 heritage professionals. The volumes of this collection are published with the support of the Directorate-General for Heritage and Architecture (Heritage Service, Historic Monuments and Heritage Sites Sub-Directorate).
- From the collection to the place of memory, the private movable heritage (1998, published in 1999)
- Perspectives on religious heritage, from safeguarding to preservation (1999, published in 2000)
- Views on the tapestry (2000, published January 2002)
- Perspectives on the stained glass window (2001, published September 2002)
- Perspectives on hospital heritage, apothecaries, chapels and furniture (2002, published in 2003)
- Perspectives on altarpieces, architectures or theatres of images (2003, published in 2004)
- Perspectives on the novel (2004, published in 2005)
- Perspectives on Churches in France (2005, published in 2006)
- Perspectives on the 20th Century (2006, published 2007)
- Perspectives on textile heritage (2007, published February 2009)
- Views on the soundscape (2009, published in 2010)
- Perspectives on Objects of Popular Devotion (2010, published 2011)
- Perspectives on the heritage of religious congregations (2011, published in 2012)
- Perspectives on religious painting (2012, published in 2013)
- Looks at the heritage of festivals and shows (2013, published in 2014)
- Household Furniture at a Glance (2014, published in 2015)
- Insights on Memory Objects (2015, published 2016)
- Perspectives on the movable heritage of school and university education (2016, published in 2017)
- Perspectives on the heritage of tomorrow. Creation and innovation (2017, published in 2018)
- Perspectives on maritime, river and seaside heritage (2018, published in 2019)
- Perspectives on multiple assets (2019, published in 2020).
- Icons and Idols, Look at the historical monument, 2008
In November 2008, on the occasion of the centenary of the creation of the missions of Curator of Antiquities and Works of Art and Inspector of Historical Monuments, a collective work was devoted to movable objects classified as Historical Monuments.
This in situ heritage, distributed throughout France, adorning thousands of churches, cathedrals, abbeys, castles, town halls, hospitals, universities, is composed of major works, all too often unknown because they are located outside the major mediatized museums. This anthology reflects the quality and diversity of these objects indispensable to their monument, from the most famous to the most unusual. It reveals the intimate stories of these works saved from oblivion and the multiple views that one has throughout the centuries on the object of art, devotion, knowledge, rejected or coveted, constantly reinvented.
History of historical monuments and heritage sites
The History Committee of the Ministry of Culture was created in 1993 to preserve and promote the history of the Ministry, with the particular mission of stimulating research, studies, bibliographical works and guides of sources, publish them and promote them to the public. Books on historical monuments and heritage sites have been published in Works and Documents History Committee collection, whether it is a thesis (Arlette Auduc, EPHE) or the result of the “Mémoloi” research program on the memory of major heritage laws” coordinated by the Institute of Political Social Sciences (two volumes supported by the Heritage Service-SDMHSP).
- When Monuments Built the Nation”. The Historical Monuments Service from 1830 to 1940, 2008
- 1913. Genesis of a law on historical monumentss, 2013
- From 1913 to the Heritage Code. An evolving Act on Historic Monuments, 2018
- Publications of the History Committee
Cultural heritage magazines
Created in 2001 and administered by the Directorate-General for Heritage and Architcture (Delegation for Inspection, Research and Innovation - DIRI), In Situ. Heritage Review offers heritage professionals and researchers the opportunity to disseminate and enhance the results of their work on the knowledge, conservation and transmission of works and objects for which they are responsible or study. Its aim is to foster exchanges between the different actors and between the many disciplines that make up the heritage sciences. It shall make available to the public the knowledge thus produced.
National Heritage Institute Review
Founded in 2006, Heritage intends to address the wealth debate in its multiple dimensions, challenges and perspectives, at European and international levels. TheNational Heritage Institute (INP) , a public institution under the Ministry of Culture, wishes to support the training of curators and restorers of heritage, the dissemination of their research and the promotion of heritage professions, in their plurality. This forum of reflection is open to personalities, French and foreign, and to its students and alumni, heritage curators and heritage restorers, around three axes: major issues of the heritage debate, practicing the professions of conservation and restoration of heritage, scientific work of students and former students.
Magazines more specifically devoted to the conservation and restoration of cultural property (including historical monuments) are presented in the thematic site Conservation-restoration.
SFIIC Review, French section of the International Conservation Institute,
Kore, review of the SFIIC, French section of the International Conservation Institute, a non-profit association of cultural heritage conservation experts: curators, restaurateurs, scientists… Since the first issue, published in 1996, Coré magazine has had its place in the French landscape of magazines dedicated to the conservation and restoration of cultural heritage as a discipline, “with its history, ethics, restoration, conservation, research and prevention activities” and interdisciplinary. After a break between 2016 and 2020, the SFIIC relaunched its publication with a bi-annual online publication, the launch of which was financially supported by the Ministry of Culture.
Interdisciplinary scientific journal published by the Centre de recherche des musées de France (C2RMF)
Published since 1994, Technè is an interdisciplinary scientific journal whose objective is to put science at the service of art history and the preservation of cultural property. Published by the Centre de recherche des musées de France (C2RMF) , with the support of the French Museum Service, it publishes original contributions twice a year that reflect the application of the exact sciences and humanities to the study and preservation of cultural heritage. The geographical and chronological field concerned is vast, from ancient civilizations to modern European and extra-European worlds, from prehistory to the most contemporary art, from archaeological testimonies to artistic productions, ethnographic objects and natural history collections.