The Opening of the First ICCROM Courses in PetrSU, the Flagship University of Karelia
Petrozavodsk State University opened the Russia’s first courses of the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property “Wooden Architecture Conservation and Restoration”.
The International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property is an intergovernmental organization engaged in the preservation of the world cultural heritage through training, information, research, cooperation, and advocacy. ICCROM courses are the most distinguished among the professional restoration community and specialists in cultural heritage preservation.
The first ICCROM courses in Russia are held by the Kizhi Open Air Museum and Petrozavodsk State University, the Flagship University of the Republic of Karelia, and convene colleagues from all over the world.
At the opening ceremony, Elena Bogdanova, the Director of the Kizhi Museum, welcomed the participants of the courses on her behalf and on behalf of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation:
“These courses are essential for our Republic. For us, this means recognition of professional expertise. The Kizhi Museum has extensive experience in research, preservation, restoration, and conservation of wooden architecture. Our principal partner, Petrozavodsk State University, is equally experienced in this field. Together we have opened the UNESCO Chair. We were further entrusted to hold the first ICCROM courses in Russia. It is a great responsibility but I am convinced we will succeed.”
Konstantin Tarasov, the Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs of PetrSU and the Head of the UNESCO Chair on Wooden architecture research and preservation, noted:
“The university has long been the premises of the Research Institute for Historical and Theoretical Problems in Folk Architecture headed by the renowned scientist, member of the Academy of Sciences Viacheslav Orfinskii. Last year the employees of the University took the next step and opened the UNESCO Chair on Wooden architecture research and preservation. Today we are making yet another breakthrough as we open the ICCROM courses.”
The first international courses will gather around 20 specialists in wooden architecture preservation, leading Russian and foreign instructors, who have the advanced expertise in the field of preservation of wooden architecture, from 16 countries: Russia, Sweden, Norway, Germany, Greece, Japan, India, Malaysia, and others.
“I have come to take part in the course and learn more about the international standards and the best practices of wood restoration that I can teach my students,” said teacher and restorer Anura Dissanayake (Sri Lanka).
In the course of three weeks, the participants will take theoretical and practical classes held by the specialists of the Kizhi Open Air Museum and Petrozavodsk University. The program of the courses also features visits to the most renowned monuments of wooden architecture in the Republic of Karelia, including an educational program on the Kizhi Island.