Foreign experts assessed Moscow restoration quality

October 10, 2019

In the late September, Moscow hosted the 5th International Cultural Heritage Council attended by 20 delegates from the UK, the Netherlands, Italy, Germany, Albania, Lebanon and Mexico, UNESCO and ICOMOS representatives, as well as the best Russian cultural heritage preservation experts.

'It is very important for us to continuously share experience and opinions with international experts, as well as to show what we have achieved in cultural heritage preservation in recent years,' said Deputy Moscow Mayor for Regional Security and Information Policy Alexander Gorbenko.

This year, the Council discussed the topic 'Preserving Legacy Together. Intergenerational Continuity.' It traditionally focused on the development of partnerships between Moscow and foreign specialists and topical issues of cultural resources management.

 'First held five years ago, the International Expert Council is celebrating a small anniversary this year. The event's format enables us to regularly discuss pressing issues of the industry, analyse restoration technology cases, and, most importantly, share best practices and insightful solutions. This time, the program included visiting prominent sites such as the Turgenev Memorial House, Narkomfin's House, VDNKh, Northern River Station, Miusskoye Depot and Maly Theatre. Besides, the experts participated in the Veksler research and practice seminar, and met with students of the College of Architecture, Design and Reengineering No. 26,' said Alexei Yemelyanov, Head of the Moscow Cultural Heritage Department.

Grigor Angjeliu (Albania), regional coordinator for Europe of ICOMOS EPWG, noted that it was interesting to visit Moscow and Moscow sights: 'It is especially important that experts who had taken part in the restoration of some sites and told a lot about the work done have joined us. Me and my colleagues had an insightful time learning about the work of Moscow restorers. And I was pleased to find many young people among them.'

Adam Watrobski, Principal Architect at Houses of Parliament, UK, focused on some Moscow monuments: 'This is my first visit to Moscow. It's an incredible city. I was struck by the wooden Turgenev Memorial Museum. It is a small building, but a significant project. The work restorers have done will last for years, and thanks to them, further generations will be able to learn what Moscow was like centuries ago.'

Thomas Grundmann, Personal Assistant to Deputy Dresden Mayor, in turn, was most impressed by the Narkomfin's House. The delegation viewed this constructivism monument both outside, and from the inside. They were told about the history of the building and the process of its restoration.

Design solution

'In my opinion, this is a great evidence of Moscow caring about its heritage sites, focusing on every detail, on the history of the monument, and how it will further exist in the context of the city life,' he said.

Participants of the 5th International Cultural Heritage Council signed a resolution with the guidelines for the development of international cooperation and promotion of Moscow's cultural heritage on the global stage.

Restoration and preservation of architectural monuments is one of priorities of the Moscow Cultural Heritage Department. Over the past eight years, more than 1,200 heritage sites have been restored in Moscow.


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