PetrSU UNESCO Chair Activities Have Been Highly Appreciated by International Experts
UNESCO Chair for "Wooden Architecture Research and Preservation", established jointly by the Kizhi Museum and Petrozavodsk State University, was highly appreciated by experts of the UNESCO Education Sector.
One of the main Chair’s achievements is the development and launch of the Master's program in Wooden Architecture Object Restoration and Adaptation to Modern Exploitation, which is 2 years in duration. Master’s training has begun in September 2020. The Kizhi Museum and PetrSU teaching staff conduct the classes for future masters, as well as visiting Russian and foreign specialists with unique knowledge and practical skills in the field of restoration of wooden heritage.
The specialists of the Chair carry out active research in the field of wooden architecture studies and preservation. Besides, the UNESCO Chair activities are widely represented at various seminars, conferences, and exhibitions dedicated to the cultural heritage object preservation and the promotion of the conservator-restorer profession in Russia and abroad.
All the Chair’s achievements have been reflected in the report submitted to Stefania Giannini, UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Education. After reviewing the report, it was noted that the Chair has achieved significant success and is worthy of proceeding activities in cooperation with its partners and the UNESCO Secretariat to enhance the preservation of the world's cultural heritage.
Let us remind you that the Chair was opened in 2016 under the tripartite agreement of UNESCO, the Kizhi Museum, and PetrSU. The Chair activities are based on the extensive experience of partners in the field of wooden monument conservation. Over the past four years, significant results have been achieved: more than 400 people have attended advanced training courses "Wooden Architecture Conservation and Restoration". The training was conducted using the resources of the All-Russian Center for the Preservation of Wooden Architecture of the Kizhi Museum.
Cooperation with Russian and foreign educational institutions is developing. The international courses ICCROM "Wooden Architecture Conservation and Restoration" were held in 2017 and 2019 with the participation of the UNESCO Chair. Cultural heritage conservation specialists from all over the world attended the courses. The third course is scheduled for 2022.