Within the ten months of the war in Ukraine, over 500 cases have been documented of damage to Ukraine’s cultural property perpetrated by the Russian military. The aggressor intends to destroy Ukraine’s remembrance and identity by attacking the nation’s cultural sites and institutions of culture. The destruction of each of these sites amounts to the irreversible loss of essential components of the European cultural heritage. ” The Warsaw Recommendation – Introduction to Heritage Recovery”. The event is being organised by the National Institute of Cultural Heritage in co-operation with UNESCO and ICCROM.
On the territory of Ukraine before the war, there were more than 5,000 museums, 65 historical-cultural reserves, and around 170,000 monuments, including seven UNESCO World Heritage sites (one of which is in Crimea). Since the beginning of the hostilities, Ukraine’s Ministry of Culture and Information Policy has already registered more than 500 cases of damage to Ukraine’s cultural heritage perpetrated by the Russian military – and this number is growing by the day.
– The Russian aggression has made Ukraine’s unique heritage perish right in front of our eyes. Poland knows very well the meaning of cultural heritage loss. The past century’s wars that hit our country deprived us of our historical architecture, art troves, books and manuscripts collections, and archival resources. Therefore, out of responsibility for the safeguarding of European heritage, the Polish Support Center for Culture in Ukraine at the National Institute of Cultural Heritage, in co-operation with UNESCO World Heritage Centre and ICCROM, is planning an online workshop session to share the expertise and experience referred to above, as well as to introduce the participants to the premises of the Warsaw Recommendation – explains Katarzyna Zalasińska, Ph.D., the Director of the National Institute of Cultural Heritage.
The workshop session will provide an opportunity to discuss the principles of recovery and reconstruction of cultural heritage affected by war atrocities based on the recommendations resented in the Warsaw Recommendation. Mariupol or Kharkiv’s destruction level is comparable to that of Warsaw or Gdansk in 1945. The reconstruction process requires time and consideration. It should be in line with societal expectations and the principles of cultural restoration and reconstruction, as well as with the current standards of sustainability and environmental protection in times of climate change.
Details of the session:
Date: 24th November 2022 from around 9.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m.
Link to the online session, prior registration obligatory: https://app.evenea.pl/event/thewarsawrecommendation/?lang=en
Organisers: The Polish Support Center for Culture in Ukraine at the National Institute of Cultural Heritage, in co-operation with UNESCO and ICCROM.