ICOMOS: The Golden Ring: Rostov Kremlin Museum: Old Relations – New Stories

17 april 2019 | 19.30 uur | DutchCulture, Amsterdam
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ICOMOS lezing (in Engels) over de oude banden sinds de 17de eeuw tussen Rostov en Nederland en hoe deze in nieuwe verhalen aan het publiek te vertellen met nieuwe media. Een samenwerkingsproject tussen het Rostov Kremlin Museum, de RCE en de Reinwardt Academie.


Date:               Wednesday 17 April 2019

Time:              19h30-21h30 uur (drinks and meal from 18h30)

Place:              DutchCulture, Herengracht 474, in Amsterdam

Subject:          Rostov Kremlin Museum: challenges and opportunities

Speakers:       Natalia Karovskaya, Lidia Lobanova and Jon van Rooijen


From 17 to 19 April, two experts from Russia, Natalia Karovskaya and Lidia Lobanova, will visit the Netherlands for a knowledge exchange programme facilitated by the Netherlands Embassy in Moscow in collaboration with the Reinwardt Academy, the Cultural Heritage Agency and several other institutes in the Netherlands. The main theme of this visit will be New Media and Storytelling in museums.

Rostov Veliky, or Rostov the Great, is part of the so-called Golden Ring of historic cities around Moscow and one of the oldest cities in Russia. Most impressive is the walled kremlin complex, which comprises various churches and palaces. Rostov Kremlin Museum, founded in 1883, is situated on the territory of the unique architectural ensemble of the eighteenth century Archbishop’s Yard. The museum’s collection consists of icons, oil paintings, wooden house-hold utensils, porcelain, enamels, archeological findings etc. In the coming years, the museum will develop new presentations on the history of Rostov Veliky including the city’s historical relationship with theNetherlands.

Since 2013, local authorities and heritage experts in Russia and the Netherlands have joined forces, building on the connection between the Netherlands and Rostov, which started when Tsar Michael I of Russia commissioned Jan Cornelius van Rodenburg, an engineer from Amsterdam, to designRostov’s bastioned fortifications. The fortress, which was built from 1632 to 1634, had a system of canals and drainage moats that served the urban area of Rostov Veliky. The fact that in Rostov, Jan Cornelius van Rodenburg put to practice the same design methods that were developed and commonly used in the Netherlands, can still be seen.

During the ICOMOS NL lecture evening on April 17, Natalia Karovskaya and Lidia Lobanova will talk about the challenges and opportunities they deal with in their work, especially in relation to the development of new presentations on the history of Rostov Veliky, followed by a presentation by Jon van Rooijen, who has been involved in the collaboration with Rostov since 2013. He will reflect on the situation that in Russia, cultural heritage is often seen as monuments of history and art and as museological objects. At the same time, one realizes more and more that heritage is part of the living environment and that the mutual relationship between heritage and its surroundings is valuable.

About the speakers

Natalia Karovskaya, Director of Rostov Kremlin Museum, is a musicologist. She started working at the Yaroslavl Museum-Reserve in 1989, where she began studying bell ringing. In 2003, with the help of Archbishop Kyrill, she founded a bell ringing school. In 2002 she defended her PhD thesison “The phenomenon of the bell in Russian culture” and in 2010, made the bell ringing composition“Kirillovsky”, named in honour of Patriarch Kirill and Archbishop of Yaroslavl and Rostov Kirill. Since 2010, she is the director of the Rostov Kremlin Museum.

Lidia Lobanova is coordinator of the Master programme Multimedia & Museology at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow. Her work experiences range from museum leadership school coordinator to curator of multimedia, exhibition and public programs and researcher of creative city programs. She also works as independent consultant and CPD teacher with museums, art-centres and libraries.

Jon van Rooijen works as urban development advisor at the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands and advises, among others, municipalities, developers and designers about the position of heritage in regional and urban development projects. Jon is also involved in various shared heritage projects in Russia.



The ICOMOS lectures take place from 19h30 till 21h30. Drinks and informal meal are served from 18h30.

ICOMOS members pay no entrance fee.
Non-members pay a € 5,00 entrance fee.
Meal and drinks are € 10,00 per person (members and non-members alike).

Attendance of lecture and meal/drinks is only possible by registering at

Register: lezingen@icomos.nl