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St. Petersburg restorers exchanging experience with British colleagues

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St. Petersburg restorers exchanging experience with British colleagues

A delegation from Moscow and St. Petersburg was visiting London during February 16-19.

Russian and British restorers met in London to exchange their knowledge and experience. The programme organized the by Bernhard Remmers Academy lasted during February 16-19. 

According to Andrey Smelkov, head of Admiralteisky district department of the St. Petersburg Committee for state inspection and protection of historic and cultural monuments, Russian and British specialists practice different approaches to restoration of old buildings.

He noted that methods and processes in Russia and Britain are different. For example, in Britain they do not try to make new insertions look older to harmonize them with the original parts of the façade.

Another difference is that British restorers are not restricted in terms of timeline, one specialist can work for years restoring a museum hall. 

During their visit, the Russian delegation studied restoration projects in Westminster, in the Victoria and Albert Museum, and in a number of other historic buildings.

A British delegation is to visit Russia in May this year. They will be able to see restoration works in the Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, and the Yusupov Palace.

Photo: St. Petersburg Committee for state inspection and protection of historic and cultural monuments

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