Since the first issue, published in 1996, Coré has its place in the French landscape of journals dedicated to the conservation and restoration of cultural heritage. In 2016, due to difficult circumstances, the new board of the SFIIC decided to stop its publication. Once a better functioning dynamic was restored, convinced of Coré's place in the professional community, the SFIIC set out to relaunch its publication under a renewed format, with a bi-annual online publication.
The review remains true to its origin under the title Coré, the merger of “conservation” and “restoration”, and pursues the aim of promoting conservation-restoration as a discipline, with its history, ethics, restoration, conservation, research and prevention activities, favouring interdisciplinarity. Its ambition is to make knowledge accessible and to provide a space for dissemination and reflection.
The editorial environment has changed a lot since 1996 with more French language journals dedicated to conservation restoration, Ceroart, Techné, In Situ, and of course with the new digital medium of publication and distribution. With all this in consideration, the editorial line of Coré has been redefined, with a new editorial board and an ambitious goal of two issues per year. The journal will mainly be the medium for disseminating the work carried out by the SFIIC and in particular by its working groups composed of conservation and restoration professionals. As a support for associative activity and feedback, it differs from other more institutional journals.
The plan developed was to have the rebirth of Coré begin with a special issue chronicling the 2018 study days in Marseille. In order to bring the return of Coré to the forefront, this special issue is openly available to everyone and can therefore be ordered for free, in its digital version.
This renaissance, as with the featured symposium, could not have been done without the confidence and support of the Research Department, Directorate General of Heritage of the Ministry of Culture of France.
The return of Coré also marks the return of the SFIIC to the active network of the International Institute for Conservation with—thanks to the republication of Coré—the presence of a French language publication on conservation-restoration, English and French being the official languages of the IIC.