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

EXPO Gruusia

Open Lectures on Late Soviet Modernistic Architecture

From 19 – 21 October public lectures will be held in Estonian Academy of Arts on Late Soviet Modernism in Georgia by Nini Palavandishvili, Lithuania by Vaidas Petrulis and Estonia by Laura Ingerpuu. These lectures are part of a study course “Understanding Late Soviet Modernism”. All 3 countries are rich of intriguing architectural masterpieces worth to be evaluated and protected. Soviet ...
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Training Course „Heritage Communities and Human Rights”

ICOMOS Estonia and Estonian Academy of Arts hosted 2.-5.09.2020 in Tallinn and in the web the „Our Common Dignity “ working group training course „Heritage Communities and Human Rights “. Training course was held together with IUCN and ICCROM. The training course was led by Peter Bille Larsen, the University of Geneva, and Stener Ekern, the University of Oslo. ICCROM was represented by Rohit ...
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Erasmus+ Project Re/Forma Viva

One of the key factors in cultural heritage protection is education that would show the importance of using various tools for the promotion of shared values. As it was written in the DECISION (EU) 2017/864 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 17 May 2017 on a European Year of Cultural Heritage (2018), ¨One way to achieve such understanding would be through educational and greater ...
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Cancelled: Open lecture on late soviet modernistic architecture: Nini Palavandishvili and Laura Ingerpuu

Open lecture is cancelled! On March 16th at 17:00 a public lecture will be held in Estonian Academy of Arts on Late Soviet Modernism in Georgia by Nini Palavandishvili and Estonia by Laura Ingerpuu. The lecture is part of a study course “Understanding Late Soviet Modernism”. Both countries are rich of intriguing architectural masterpieces worth to be evaluated and protected. NINI ...

Polygon Theatre to bring a play to Tallinn trams and invite audience members to take part in an excavation

On Thursday, 5 December, Tallinners will be invited to take part in TRAMWARM, a theatrical performance staged in Tallinn trams by Estonian Academy of Arts scenography students. On Saturday, 7 December, EKA will host EXHUMATION, a play during which all audience members will be able to participate in an excavation. Both performances are free. TRAMWARM On Thursday, 5 December at 16.00, the ...

Bernt Notke: The Research and Conservation of the Retable of the Church of the Holy Spirit

The late medieval retable of the High Altar of the Church of the Holy Spirit, Tallinn, is an outstanding masterpiece of woodcarving and painting of international renown, completed in 1483 in the workshop of Bernt Notke, a prominent master of Lübeck. The main objective of the project is to conduct the research of Bernt Notke’s retable, thereby broadening the knowledge of the context, use of ...

PhD Thesis defence of Maris Mändel

Maris Mändel PhD student of the Estonian Academy of Arts, Curriculum of Cultural Heritage and Conservation will defend her thesis “Bricks, blocks and panels commonly used in 20th century Estonian architecture. The story of their use and value” on the 18th of December 2019 at 14.00 at Põhja pst 7, room A501. Supervisors: dr Mart Kalm (Estonian Academy of Arts) and dr Lembi-Merike Raado ...
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Tallinn Old Town: Sustainable Management and Presentation

The aim of the research is to analyse the impact of increasing tourism on cultural heritage and to find solutions to promote Tallinn Old Town as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, while preserving its dignity and values. The main goal of the project is to find the solutions to improve tourist logistics, develop new products and services, better connect the port and Old Town, and introduce Tallinn ...