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What is the heritage documentation centre?

The heritage documentation centre, attached to the service de la connaissance du patrimoine (the Department for Heritage Awareness), has a large specialist collection. Find out all the practical details you need here.

February 29, 2012
By: Direction de la Culture - Région Occitanie

The documentary collections of the Department for Heritage Awareness are freely available to the public

The heritage documentation centre comes under the Department for Heritage Awareness.

It was based around research strategies and tools developed within the heritage inventory department. Its aim is to make all of the documentary resources gathered since the department was created in 1975 available to the wider public. It makes the study dossiers compiled by researchers available to the public, who also have access to a library containing work published by the department and by all other similar regional departments in France.

It is an invaluable tool for researchers, town planners, teaching staff, students or anyone who is simply interested in finding out more about architecture, sculpture, moveable objects or the secular and religious items that make up the riches of the heritage of the région Midi-Pyrénées and France as a whole.

Since January 2007, the scientific documentation of the Department for Heritage Awareness, as well as its maps and photographic collection, have been housed in the Conseil Régional de Midi-Pyrénées, 4 rue des bûchers, 31000 Toulouse.

A collection specialized in regional history and art history


Regional history, art history, built and moveable heritage.

The collection is composed of:


  • Books
  • Periodicals
  • Maps, town plans and surveys
  • Inventory studies
  • Pre-inventory surveys

A variety of research tools

Regional databases:


  • Geographical and bibliographical files, both manually compiled and electronically stored in the Kentika information management software package
  • Geographical dossiers on the région Midi-Pyrénées and neighbouring regions stored in microfiche form
  • Access to the regional database via the Renabl MP software package

    Illustrations (images, town plans, maps)


Access to national databases

National databases:

Online access to the French Ministry of Culture's national heritage databases


  • Mérimée
  • Palissy
  • Mémoire

Visit the heritage documentation centre


  • View documents on-site
  • Photocopying
  • Help with research
  • The sale of publications (Itinéraires du patrimoine, Indicateurs du patrimoine, Images du patrimoine - heritage itineraries, in-depth heritage guides, heritage - a visual guide)
  • List publication function using the Kentika software package

    The heritage documentation centre is open to all. You may also visit the centre by appointment with Leïla Ezekpo on 0033 (0)5 61 39 62 37.

  • Primary school classes (art history was on the 2008-2009 curriculum)
  • Secondary/grammar schools
  • Master's degree courses

Write to the CDP


Postal address

Région Midi-Pyrénées

Hôtel de Région

22, Boulevard du maréchal Juin

31406 Toulouse Cedex 09 FRANCE