Restorers’ Training Has Begun!
“Not only the Kizhi Museum needs you, but also Karelia and Russia”, said the Director of the Kizhi Museum Elena Bogdanova in her welcoming speech for PetrSU Master’s Degree students, highlighting the problem of the lack of qualified specialists in the field of restoration of wooden architecture monuments.
This year on the base of the Institute of Forestry, Mining and Construction Sciences PetrSU opened a Master’s Degree program to train restorers. The program is based on the programs of the UNESCO Chair and the Russian Center for Preservation of Wooden Architecture of Rakhmanov (established at the premises of the Kizhi Museum). This program is designed for two years.
Nine Master’s Degree students have begun their educational practice. Not every one of them has studied at the Institute of Forestry, Mining and Construction Sciences. Alexander Tikhonov is a graduate of the Institute of History, Political and Social Sciences.
“I take interest in historical monuments and wish to preserve them for posterity”, explained the student his wish to learn the art of renovation.
The primary topic of the curriculum is “Renovation. Cultural Heritage Object Adaptation to Modern Exploitation”. PetrSU teachers and specialists of the Kizhi Museum, Russian and foreign experts in the field of restoration of wooden architecture monuments will share their knowledge and skills.
In addition to theoretical lectures, the students will go to Kinerma village, where they will see objects of antiquity. Afterward, the students will begin to practice on Kizhi Island.