Organizer: Kizhi Open Air Museum
The Russian North is a treasury of wooden architecture. The unique tradition of vernacular wood construction has been highly developed and preserved there, and rich experience in wooden architecture conservation has been accumulated.
The main part of the course “Wooden architecture conservation and restoration” will be held in the largest open air museum of Russia, the Kizhi museum, the collection of which includes 83 wooden architecture monuments. The basis of the museum collection is the UNESCO WHS Kizhi Pogost (XVIII- XIX cc.). Currently, the Kizhi Open Air Museum is carrying out the unique restoration of the Church of the Transfiguration built in 1714. The works are being carried out using the unique technology (step-by-step lifting and disassembly of the walls) developed taking into account the complicated configuration of the structure. Following the recommendations of ICOMOS and UNESCO experts, restorers of the Kizhi museum share their unique experience with the purpose to preserve wooden architecture in Russia and in the world.
The course goal is to disseminate professional knowledge in the field of conservation and restoration and prepare participants for practical work on wooden architecture conservation in their countries.
The course is a three-week intensive program combining theory and practice. It includes visiting the most interesting wooden architecture monuments in Karelia, introducing the unique Church of the Transfiguration restoration project, and participating in lectures and workshops on wooden architecture monitoring, conservation and restoration.
The main sections of the program
All participants are expected to make a 15-minute presentation on their professional activities.
The total course program consists of 144 hours including workshops and lectures, field classes, presentations of participants, independent work with educational materials, and preparation for the exam. A written test will be held in the end of the course.
The course invites professionals in the field of wooden architecture conservation and restoration, with practical experience in the area of not less than three years. Specialized education is desirable. All participants should have an advanced level of English.
Classes are conducted by experts of the Kizhi museum as well as Russian and foreign experts of educational, scientific and restoration organizations having the unique knowledge and practical experience in the field of wooden architecture monitoring, conservation and restoration.
36 000 rubles (about 500 euros). The course fee includes training and all program transfers.
Participants should additionally cover food and accommodation for the period of training as well as travel expenses from the place of residence to Petrozavodsk and back, which is an additional 36 000 rubles (about 500 euros).
ICCROM provides a limited number of grants to cover part of the expenses.
We welcome all questions by email.
Letters concerning organizational issues should be sent in English or in Russian to the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact person: Ksenia Kuznetsova