Meeting of the UNESCO Chair



24 January 2018
The regular meeting of the UNESCO Chair on Wooden architecture research and preservation concerned the importance of training qualified specialists in the sphere of the restoration of monuments of wooden architecture.

The regular meeting of the UNESCO Chair on Wooden architecture research and preservation concerned the importance of training qualified specialists in the sphere of the restoration of monuments of wooden architecture.

The participants of the meeting of the Chair, which was established under the trilateral agreement between Petrozavodsk State University, the Kizhi Museum and UNESCO, discussed the results of the work over the past year and plans for 2018.

Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs Konstantin Tarasov and the Vice-Rector for Scientific Research Vladimir Syunyov took part in this meeting.

The Chair holds regular courses for students and specialists in the area of preservation of wooden architecture at the premises of the Kizhi Museum, but these efforts are not enough to meet the industry's need for qualified specialists. In 2017, 33 people were trained in the Educational and Methodological Center of the Kizhi Museum, and 17 of them received a certificate of the UNESCO Chair on additional professional education in the area of “Wooden architecture research and preservation”. Elena Bogdanova, the director of the Kizhi open-air museum, emphasized that at the present time the museum has the most advanced experience and unique knowledge in the area of preservation of monuments of wooden architecture, which must be passed to the future restorers. So it is necessary to hold not only short-term courses but also to develop professional courses for the students of Petrozavodsk State University, who want to dedicate their lives to the restoration of wooden monuments. This position was warmly supported by the representatives of the Office for the Protection of Cultural Heritage Objects of the Republic of Karelia, who were also present at the meeting.

Konstantin Tarasov and Vladimir Syunyov reported that in 2018 Petrozavodsk State University plans to develop a curriculum for a Bachelor's Degree program in preservation and restoration. Besides that this year the Institute of Forestry, Mining and Construction Sciences will form a group of students who want to undergo professional retraining in the area of preservation and restoration of wooden monuments by taking the courses of the Educational and Methodical Center of the Kizhi Museum, participating in the research in wooden architecture during the expeditionary trips across the Republic of Karelia and taking part in other events dedicated to the studying and preservation of cultural heritage. The University also considers developing a training course on the protection of monuments for government agency specialists upon completion of which the participants will be awarded state standard certificates.

In addition to training, the Chair plans to participate in conferences, seminars, expeditions, international projects. Among the planned events is participation in the specialized exhibition on the protection of monuments, restoration, and renovation of old buildings «Denkmal-2018», as well as the work on the cross-border cooperation program within the framework of the project «Ethnoarchitecture of Fennoscandia in the 21st  Century» in cooperation with Finnish partners.

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