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Meeting of International Advisory Board of the program of photography research and restoration at the Hermitage

27 - 30 April 2010 a meeting of International Advisory Board of the program of studying and restoring photographs at the Hermitage dedicated to identifying and discussing certain events for the project of photography research and restoration at the museum was held at the State Hermitage. Among the participants were leading experts from the USA, France and Russia. Discussed was the cooperation of the State Hermitage and the Fund of American Institute of Preservation of Monuments of History and Culture (FAIC) within the framework of the program of photography research and restoration supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The project planned for four years involves a range of museum’s activities with the collection of photographs.

Among the major areas of cooperation there is a program of preparation of highly qualified restorers of photographic materials at the leading research and restoration centers of Europe and America.

Members of the Advisory Board took an active part in designing and equipping the Laboratory for the Hermitage’s restoration.

Cataloging and digitization of the museum’s photographic collections is an important part of the project.

The Fund of American Institute of Preservation of Monuments of History and Culture and the A. W. Mellon Foundation attach a lot of significance to the preservation of the global photographic heritage.

This project in the continuation of a long-term cooperation of the State Hermitage with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Fund of American Institute of Preservation of Monuments of History and Culture is a first experience in the museum practice of Russia.

   


Hermitage’s group at a meeting with the representatives of the Mellon Foundation


Paul Messier, Advisor of the Mellon Foundation


Advisors of the Mellon Foundation at a conference


Vjacheslav Fedorov, Head of the Research and Restoration Department


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