Results of the second year
The second year of the project “Ethno-architecture of Fennoscandia in XXI century” finished. The reports were sent, interim results were summed up. 2020 was a challenging year for everybody. A lot of public events could not be held because of restrictions imposed due to COVID-19. However, in spite of the pandemic, the project partners did a lot:
1. We published 2 booklets and a book about restoration of the Church of the Transfiguration In English.
2. We published the results of the research of the Lars Pettersson’s archive materials in the book “Churches and chapels of Zaonezhie”.
3. We prepared and published in the Internet two training videos about the restoration of historic windows and making the axe by traditional means.
4. We have started to prepare video lectures on the theme “Studying of the wooden architecture monuments”.
5. We continued works on a warm equipped classroom on Kizhi Island for year-round use in the historic House of Moshnikova.
6. We conducted training programs for 4 groups. The participants (volunteers, students, and specialists) completed a training program and worked on historic buildings in the historic villages of the Kizhi environs.
7. We conducted scientific and practical seminar “Experience in wooden architecture conservation”, seminar and lecture course “Wooden architecture, open air museums, and rural settlements of Russia: history and modernity”, quiz “Wooden ring of Russia”.
8. We opened the exhibition “Traditions of Carpentry” for students, future conservation carpenters, in the Petrozavodsk Technical School of Municipal Economy.
9. During 2020 we gave consultations on conservation, restoration and preservation of the wooden architecture monuments in Karelia and other regions of Russia (some consultation were made in online format).
10. Together with the local people we repitred historic piers in the villages of Oyatevshchina and Zharnikovo.
11. We continued works on conservation the St. John the Baptist Church in the village of Lelikovo. We built scaffolding up to the dome of the church belfry, painted the dome and the roof of the belfry, made and installed a cross.
12. We worked actively with the local people of the Kizhi area: we created and maintain the group “Kizhi district” in the social network VKontakte, conducted online competition “Land behind Onega – my small home land” (online quiz), are implementing online project “Villages of Kizhi district and their inhabitants”.
13. We created 3D model of Kurguenitsy village. The work was continued on the basis of laser scanning of the village, made in 2019 together with the students of the Professional College of Oulu and Petrozavodsk State University. In the future, when refined by programmers, the model can be compiled into an independent 3D walk around the village or into a 3D excursion.
Of course 2020 was a hard year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. But there is a positive effect – we studied work in online format. Gained experience will be useful not only for our project, but also for organizing and conducting other activities. The project audience increased to 50 thousands people thanks to online events.
The project tem – positive and interested people – has formed during the first year of the project implementation. During 2020 the project team proved their professionality, and readiness to work in complex environment. We will continue the project in 2021 and we will do everything we planned.