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.

FORTHCOMING – Venice at 60: Doctrinal Documents in the Protection of Cultural Heritage

Florence (Italy), 7–8 March, 2024

This year’s conference of the International Scientific Committee on Theory and Philosophy of Conservation and Restoration is focused on the 60th anniversary of the adoption of the Venice Charter, which is recognised as the most important document for the protection and conservation of monuments.

We are delighted to publish the varied programme for the conference, which will be held in English and followed by a peer-reviewed publication. Abstracts for the sessions will follow shortly.

All are welcome to attend the conference. As stated in the conference programme, please confirm by 3 March 2024 your presence in Florence or your online attendance to theophilos[at]icomos.org and to icomos.theory[at]fondazione-delbianco.org.

Download the CONFERENCE PROGRAMME here.

Download the CONFERENCE ABSTRACTS here.