5 December 2009 the Volunteers' Day was celebrated at the State
Hermitage. The official part and the ceremony of awarding the best volunteers
were held at the Art Restoration and Storage Center Staraya Derevnya where
an excursion and a theatrical performance were organized. Vladimir Matveev,
Deputy Director of the State Hermitage, took the floor with words of gratitude
28 October 2009 the 250th anniversary of the birthday of an outstanding Russian architect A. Voronchikhin took place. Among the variety of events dedicated to this remarkable date was a conference which was attended by volunteers who were kindly invited by A. Voronchikhin's descendant, hegumen Alexander Fyodorov, Chairman of the Architectural Commission under the St Petersburg Eparchy of the Russian Orthodox Church.
14-29 July 2009 within the framework of the project WHY - World Heritage & Youth the Volunteers' Service in association with the Rosatom State Corporation implemented a two-week program in which the participants met with museums' guardians, specialists-restorers, and participated in discussions and master classes. Rosatom's volunteers presented PR-projects meant to raise awareness to the problem of preserving architectural monuments such as the church of Lurdskaya Mother of God, the Kirianovo estate, the Chesmensky palace and the Smolensk Lutheran cemetery.
27 May 2009 for the City Day the Hermitage's volunteers in association with the UCVT educational center held a children's competition of multi media projects The Favorite City's Autograph.
16 May 2009 the Volunteers' Service of the State Hermitage took part in the Good St Petersburg Summer City Charitable Festival.
22-25 April 2009 at the festival Days of Classics 2009 devoted to the culture and art of the Ancient world the volunteers not only helped to hold exhibitions, competitions, seminars and concerts but also developed the game Volunteer Games.
19-26 April 2009 the volunteers of the State Hermitage took part in the Spring Goodness Week 2009 devoted to the Year of Youth. Results were summarized at the Smolny where the most active volunteers were invited.
18 April 2009 the volunteers celebrated the International Day of Monuments and Historical Places. Due to the cooperation with the Committee for Protection of Monuments the volunteers visited the publicly closed Palace of the Great Prince Alexey Alexandrovich and the Baron Kelekh villa.
28 March 2009 during the traditional March Cat Days the Volunteers' Service actively helped to organize various competitions, events and exhibitions. The volunteers also prepared the game Kotovasia and a competition of children's multi media projects (in association with the UCVT educational center).
27 February 2009 the opening of the Volunteers' Club was held. The event was organized by the Volunteers' Coalition which includes the Volunteers' Service of the State Hermitage and other volunteer organizations. In the Kushelev-Bezborodko Small Marble Palace a German film Educators was shown and a hot discussion entitled Idealism and Conformism was held.
13 January 2009 the Old New Year was held at Ropsha. This day in 1826 Nicholas I presented his spouse Alexandra Fedorovna with the Ropsha villa as a New Year gift. For the annual celebration the Rospha school prepared a festive performance and the volunteers treated everyone with a Kinder-punch made by the empress's recipe.