The Center for Research on Preservation (known by its French initials, CRC) is a research and services unit that falls under the joint umbrella of the CNRS (France’s national scientific research council), the French National Museum of Natural History and the Ministry of Culture and Communication. It specializes in research aiming at the preservation of cultural property. The unit comprises some fifty scientists – chemists, physicists, biologists, art historians and science and technology historians – working in three different locations.
Beside common analytical equipement of a chemistry lab, the CRC is also equipped with mobile on-site non-invasive analytical apparatuses, including a portable laser platform (LIBS Raman/LIF, FLIM, OCT, terahertz imaging, hyperspectral camera, micro X-ray diffraction, etc.).