The Russian History Museum is pleased to announce the completion of its first-ever Spring Appeal, and to express its gratitude to the Museum’s generous supporters. The campaign, running from the beginning of April to June 30, raised funds towards the conservation of historical materials in the Museum’s collection and their preservation and care.
“We are deeply grateful to everyone who made a contribution towards this worthy cause,” said Michael Perekrestov, the Museum’s Executive Director. “Several artifacts have already undergone treatment by professional conservators thanks to the generosity of our donors. The funds have been put to good use immediately.”
Ninety-three donors contributed a total of $21,677. “Conserving objects allows us to put them on display for the appreciation and education of the public,” Perekrestov noted. “Sometimes, the poor condition of these materials prevents them from being exhibited at our Museum or loaned to other museums for special exhibitions.”
In addition to funding conservation treatment of specific artifacts, collections care funds are earmarked for the purchase of archival-quality enclosures, such as acid-free boxes, used to properly house museum and archival materials. Given the special materials required for their production, these supplies are not inexpensive but are necessary for long-term preservation.
Among the artifacts conserved are two 19th century icons with ornate silver, enamel, and gilded rizas (covers) by the Moscow silversmith Semyon Galkin. The first is of the Kazan Mother of God, with the robes of the Virgin Mary and Christ Child crafted of intricate silver filigree.