The international workshop “Training of specialists in the field of cultural heritage conservation in Russia and Finland” was held in Oulu
Specialists of the Kizhi Museum and UNESCO Chair on “Wooden architecture research and preservation” of Petrozavodsk State University took part in the international workshop “Training of specialists in the field of cultural heritage conservation in Russia and Finland”. The workshop was organized by the Vocational College of Oulu.
About 10000 students study at the college. Training programmes include different directions such as wooden architecture restoration, textile, mass media and other.
Teachers of the college made the excursion and presented material and technical resources for training students. There are carpenters and restoration workshop, workshop where students can experiment with colors trying to create necessary texture. We were really impressed by the equipment and tools which are kept in order, restoration process wasn’t stopped even during our tour.
Mainly the students are adult people who already have working experience and training programmes mostly consist of practice. The college cooperates with restoration organizations. During training process students take active part in restoration of wooden elements. Great attention is payed to restoration of doors and windows, the college take orders for such job. The interesting fact is that training process motivates students to create own organizations. During one year within educational process students have an opportunity to create and run their own restoration business and try on the role of entrepreneur.
Obviously, we can learn from our Finish partner! But our training programmes and projects, presented on the workshop, are also very effective. Finnish colleagues are looking forward to visiting Kizhi Island, where students of Oulu College will participate in the course of Training Centre of the Kizhi Museum and UNESCO Chair. We have a lot of plans on developing training programmes, but let’s not run ahead.
The workshop was the first piratical activity in the framework of the project “Ethno-architecture of Fennoscandia in XXI century”. The project is financed by the European Union, the Russian Federation and Finland.