In April 2018, a group of experts of the project “Crimea’s Southern Coast – World Heritage Territory” organized by the Likhachev Foundation and the State Hermitage Museum (with the support of the Presidential Grants Foundation) held a survey of the Southern Coast of Crimea.
Experts concluded that the Crimea’s Southern Coast is a site of the inclusive value, which includes historical, cultural and natural components. The cultural policy on the territory of theCrimea’s Southern Coast should be treated as a unique cultural and natural complex, a man-made three-hundred-year-old coastal park. It is embraced by a necklace of palaces that used to belong to the Romanov family and other noble Russian names, as well as prominent representatives of Russian culture of the 18th-20th centuries. Archaeological sites and natural objects with exquisite aesthetic allure also belong to this unique site. At the same time, the chaotic and non-scale construction of a number of settlements (primarily Yalta) represents a real threat to the preservation of the values mentioned above.
One of the main conclusions made by the expert group regarding the legal validity of the project to delineate and describe the cultural sites of the Crimea’s Southern Coast, and, finally, preparation of documents for its inclusion into the UNESCO World Heritage List. It can establish main principles and objectives as to this territory, such as preservation of cultural and natural values and promotion of the Crimea’s Southern Coast as an area for cultural tourism.
The conference is organised by the State Hermitage Museum, the Likhachev Foundation, and by Oleg Leikind, Deputy Director of the Likhachev Foundation.
10:00 - 11:00 Opening of the conference.
- Mikhail Piotrovsky, Director General, State Hermitage Museum (Russia);
- Arina Novoselskaya, Minister, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Crimea (Russia);
- Alexander Kudryavtsev, Academician of Architecture, President, ICOMOS Russian National Committee, Vice President, Russian Academy of Architecture and Building Sciences (Russia);
- Aleksander Kobak, Director, Likhachev Foundation; Member of the Board, St. Petersburg Branch of International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS); Member of the Council of the Preservation of Cultural Heritage, Government of St. Petersburg (Russia);
- Aleksey Butorin, researcher of the Institute of Geography, Russian Academy of Sciences; President, "Natural Heritage Protection" Foundation; expert, UNESCO World Heritage Center; member, World Council of Protected Areas (WCPA) (Russia).
11:00 - 13:00 First meeting. Moderators: Svetlana Adaksina, Alexander Kobak.
- Svetlana Adaksina, Chief Curator, Deputy Director, Head of the South Crimean Archaeological Expedition, State Hermitage Museum (Russia): "The Archaeological Heritage of the Crimea’s Southern Coast";
- Natalia Starikova, Lead Architect of the Yalta Engineering and Technology Center "The Archaeological Heritage of the Crimea’s Southern Coast";
- Andrey Punin, Head of the Department of History and Theory of Architecture of the Ilya Repin St. Petersburg State Academic Institute of Fine Arts, Sculpture and Architecture (Russia): "Vorontsov Palace in Alupka in the context of Russian-English relations of that era";
- Charles Hind, Chief Curator, Drawings Section, British Architectural Library, Victoria and Albert Museum (Great Britain): "Architect of the English Regency Abroad. Edward Blore and Alupka Palace in Crimea";
- Vladimir Ezhov, Department Manager of the I.M. Sechenov Academic Research Institute of Physical Treatment Methods, Medical Climatology and Rehabilitation (Russia):"Resortology on the Southern Coast of Crimea";
- Mikhail Milchik, Deputy Chairman, Council for Preservation of Cultural Heritage under the Government of St. Petersburg; Leading Researcher, Research Institute of Theory and History of Architecture and Urban Planning (Russia): "Complex criteria of natural and cultural uniqueness of the South Coast of Crimea".
14:30 - 16:30 Second meeting. Moderators: Oleg Leikind, Elena Vitenberg.
- Vladimir Myslivets, Leading Researcher of the Faculty of Geography, Moscow State University (Russia): "Landscape, climate and nature of the Crimea’s Southern Coast";
- Igor Golovnev, Researcher in the Laboratory of Landscape Architecture, Nikitsky Botanical Garden (Russia): "Parks of the Crimea’s Southern Coast";
- Inna Mantsygina, member, Union of Architects of Russia (Russia): "Architecture of the Tsar Shore";
- Boris Popov, member, Union of Architects of Russia; Honored Builder of the Republic of Crimea (Russia): "Architecture of the Crimea’s Southern Coast in Soviet Decades";
- Irina Naumenko, Acting Deputy Director for Research, Yalta Historical and Literary Museum (Russia): "Historical figures on the Crimea’s Southern Coast. Gorky circle";
- Rameta Kushkhova, Head of the Wine extract shop “Vorontsov’s Cellar”, FSUE PJSC Massandra; Product Line Manager for Madeiras in Massandra (Russia): "Winemaking on the Crimea’s Southern Coast".
16:30 - 17:00 Summing up the conference. Moderators: Alexey Butorin, Mikhail Milchik.
17:00 - 18:00 Excursion to the restoration and storage center.
Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Crimea
Alupka Palace and Park Museum-Preserve
National Committee of ICOMOS, Russia
Union of Museums of Russia
Natural Heritage Protection Fund
Design Studio by Andrey Shelutto
The conference is supported by:
Presidential Grants Fund
Directorate of the St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum
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