Cultural Heritage & Conservation

The aim of the Cultural Heritage and Conservation programme is to provide knowledge and the necessary practical skills for qualified professional work in the field of cultural heritage protection, preservation, conservation and restoration.

  • The Academy of Arts is the only school of higher education in Estonia where one can acquire an academic higher education in cultural heritage and architectural conservation and restoration, as well as the conservation and restoration of art. The department’s faculty members are recognised and highly respected specialists in their fields.
  • The curriculum is responsive to changes and developments in the philosophy, as well as theories and practices, of cultural heritage and restoration. It is based on the principles of sustainable development and balanced innovation through the consistent development of the cultural environment.
  • Preserving and protecting the cultural legacy, and its professional conservation and restoration necessitates the education of highly qualified specialists.

News and events

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RODE ALTARPIECE PROJECT IS A WINNER OF A eu PRIZE FOR CULTURAL HERITAGE / EUROPA NOSTRA AWARD 2017 CATEGORY RESEARCH

In the autumn of 2013, the Art Museum of Estonia initiated a large-scale project which aimed to research and conserve the altarpiece of the high altar of St. Nicholas’ Church in Tallinn with support from EU funding. The altarpiece was completed in the workshop of the well-known Lübeck master, Herman Rode and is one of the most impressive examples of late medieval Hanseatic art in Europe, ...
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BEST SCIENTIFIC PROJECT OF 2016 IS RODE ALTARPIECE IN CLOSE-UP

The Estonian annual museum awards, or Museum Rats, were awarded at a gala at the Estonian National Museum on 27 January. The Museum Council by the Ministry of Culture awarded the prize for the best scientific project of the year to the Art Museum of Estonia, where the Rode Altarpiece in Close-up project was carried out under the direction of Hilkka Hiiop (Art Museum of Estonia, Estonian ...
Eesti Maksu- ja Tolliamet viib läbi altariskulptuuride röntgenuuringuid, et vaadata skulptuuride sisestruktuuri. Foto: Andres Uueni

STUDENTS BUILD A DRAMATIC WOODEN STAIRCASE TO ACCESS A BAROQUE ALTAR BY CHRISTIAN ACKERMANN

Since December, people in Tallinn, Estonia have been able to climb a 10-metre wooden set of stairs and come face to face with the apostles Saint Peter and Saint Paul, the Four Evangelists and Jesus Christ as well as other baroque sculptures adorning the 17th century altar of St Mary’s Cathedral in the heart of the upper city in medieval Tallinn. The students of the Estonian Academy of Arts ...
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Compiling and Publishing of a Glossary of Architecture

The aim of the project is to compile and publish an illustrated comprehensive glossary of architectural terms to have a reliable source and manual for engineers, architects, art historians, conservators and others. The glossary would significantly simplify the understanding between different groups of professionals and fill the gap of specialized literature in the field of construction and ...
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Estonian Churches: Development, Improvement and Completion of the Construction History, Conservation and Research Database (phase 2)

The aim of creating the Estonian churches’ database was to provide an internet environment accessible to the scholars, conservators and the broader public and brings together all information on the Estonian historic churches. In the first phase of the project in 2005-2013 the structure of the database was set up and data on the churches of seven counties was compiled. In the second phase the ...