Welcome to TheoPhilos

TheoPhilos focuses on the theoretical foundations and the overarching frameworks of conservation, restoration and preservation practice in our globalizing world. As these foundations and frameworks shift in response to contemporary challenges and developments, TheoPhilos aims to establish and strengthen the integrated theoretical basis for all those involved with cultural heritage, drawing together the contributions of multiple disciplines.

TheoPhilos Mission Statement

Welcome to the International Committee on Theory and Philosophy of Conservation and Restoration (TheoPhilos)! Since it was founded in 2005, TheoPhilos has provided a forum for developing the relation of conservation theory to practice in dialogue with all parts of the conservation community. Please see below for details of forthcoming events, and our Membership page for a list of current members, and for details of how to join.

Public Spaces in Historic Cities – Conservation Principles and Good Practices

Title Image – Piazza delle Erbe, Verona

Call for Submission of Papers for Publication

The ICOMOS TheoPhilos ISC has just concluded its 14th Florence Conference, held from 9–10 March 2023.

We now issue a general invitation for the submission of papers – strictly on the conference theme of “PUBLIC SPACES IN HISTORIC CITIES: CONSERVATION PRINCIPLES AND GOOD PRACTICES” – for academic publication in a special edition of the peer-reviewed journal Protection of Cultural Heritage. Submission of papers is open to all, not only those who attended the conference. A submission link and the Journal’s Author Guidelines are on their Submissions page.

The deadline for submission of papers is the end of FRIDAY 31ST MARCH.



Colleagues gathered in the Palazzo Coppini, Sala Domes in the World Room, Friday 10th March