«The Great Gatchina Palace in the History of Russia» research and practice conference

Professional event flow / Museums and Exhibition Projects

02.12.2016 11:00 - 18:00

Gatchina Palace and Estate Museum, Leningrad Region, Gatchina, Krasnoarmeyskiy Prospeсt, 1


Gatchina Palace is one of the largest suburban palaces in St. Petersburg. It has been the residence of the royal family for more than 120 years, and it is inextricably linked with the history and culture of Russia. Ostentatious and ceremonial meetings, military parades and hunting events took place here; here people could hear new musical pieces and test new technical inventions.

During the reign of Emperor Alexander III, who patronized antiquity researchers and who was appointed as the honorary chairman of the Imperial Russian Historic Society, Gatchina Palace also became a place of regular meetings of the monarch with Russian historians, including the founder of the Imperial Russian Historic Society A.A. Polovtsov.

The fact that anniversaries of the Gatchina Palace and the Imperial Historic Society set the tone of the discussion of a wide range of historic and cultural issues concerning the period from the 18th until the 20th century of Russian history:


  • High owners of the Gatchina palace
  • Feasts in the Emperor’s residency
  • Gatchina during wars
  • High guests of the Gatchina palace
  • Weddings and births of the imperial family
  • Leisure and hobbies of the imperial family
  • Technical novelties in Gatchina
  • Contemporaries’ memories
  • Gatchina palace during revolutions and wars
  • Alexander III: personality, the epoch and historic memory
  • A.A. Polovtsev: the fate of the founder of the Imperial Russian Historic Soceity
  • IRHS almanacs – new approaches to the historic source
  • The image and role of IRHS in national historiography
  • Science and power: public discussions at IRHS


Elena Minkina; Svetlana Astakhovskaya

Е. Minkina, Head of Science Department; S. Astakhovskaya, Senior Researcher


  • Didier Wirth, President of the Foundation of gardens and parks in France, «To restore or to re-create»
  • B. Kobakhia, Deputy Minister of Culture and Protection of Historical and Cultural Heritage of the Republic of Abkhazia. Topic: «On culture and creation of a special attitude to historic national parks. The situation with landscape architecture formed after the end of the XIX century in Abkhazia»
  • Iris Lauterbach, Professor Emeritus of the University of Munich (Germany). Topic: «The restoration of historic gardens in Germany»
  • Cristina Castel-Branco, professor at the University of Lisbon, chairperson of the scientific council of the European Institute of gardens and landscapes (Portugal). Topic: «Historical Gardens of Portugal through seven centuries of history: creation, plans, obtained influence, restoration modern application»
  • Marie-Sol de la Tour d'Auvergne, honorary director of the Society of French heritage, vice president of the Foundation of gardens and parks of France. Topic: «Two examples of the restoration of gardens in France: State Jardin des Tuileries Louvre in Paris and the private garden of the Ainay-le-Vieil castle in the central Val de Loire region»
  • Marieke Kuipers, professor of Technological University of Delft (Netherlands). Topic: "The Dutch experience in the revitalization of historic gardens and parks through their development"
  • Michael-Franz Jacob, professor of theory and history of landscape of the Higher School of Engineering and Architecture (Geneva) and the Federal Polytechnic School (Lausanne), Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Grenoble, and a visiting professor at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. Topic: «Hermeneutics of gardens: how to carry out new developments in the field of landscape heritage. Italian experience»;
  • M. Ryadova, chief architect of the «Tsarskoye Selo» State Museum. Topic: «Problems of restoration of water-supply systems of Tsarskoselsky Park»
  • A. Filippova, park keeper of «Tsarskoe Selo» complex. Topic: «The Return of the Lost. Babolovsky Park»
  • E. Gomazkova, executive director of the «Revival of historic gardens and parks» National Association. Topic: «The activities of the National Association «Revival of historic gardens and parks» in the field of preservation, recreation popularization of Russian gardens and landscape architecture»