History of the region based on the materials of archeological excavations is being opened on the lowest floor of the Church of the Presentation of the Virgin in the Temple with the refectory. It is the first full exhibition representing archaeology of the Belozersk district in the Vologda Region. Materials of the monastery archeology are displayed for the first time in our region. More than 4000 archeological objects dating back to different chronological periods are represented there: from the Mesolithic period (9000 B.C.) till the late Middle Ages.
At the end of the 20th early 21st century considerable restoration work has been carried out in the Kirillo-Belozersky museum-reserve. Museumfication of the monuments is being realized at the same time. One of the most interesting architectural buildings of the Kirillo-Belozersky monastery is the Monks cells. In the process of its restoration architects and restorers managed to discover complicated structure of this dwelling house of the 17th-19th centuries.
Exhibitions dedicated to the folk applied art and handicrafts of the Belozersk district are placed in the spacious vaulted chambers of the monastery cook-house of the 16th century. An important place is occupied by wood-carving, ceramics, peasant embroidery, weaving, lace-making and a folk female costume of the 19th-early 20th centuries.



Kazan hosted the International Museum Forum “Mission of Museum in a Multicultural World” last week. Over 500 representatives of Russian and foreign museums took part in it. The list of speakers included: Vladimir Tolstoy, Adviser to the President of the Russian Federation on culture and arts, President of ICOM Russia; Mikhail Bryzgalov, Director of the Cultural Heritage Department in the Ministry of Culture of the RF; Michael Henker, President of ICOM Germany; Bjorn Stenvers, Director of the Foundation Amsterdam Heritage; Julia Pagel, Secretary General of the Network of European Museum Organizations (NEMO).

Such an event was held for the second time. Participants of the forum discussed different issues connected with preservation of historical, cultural and natural heritage, development and promotion of information technologies in museums, resources of the museums in the development of cultural tourism and many others. The business program consisted of nine discussion grounds, various meetings, project presentations, a round table discussion and a press-conference. Mikhail Sharomazov, director of the Kirillo-Belozersky Museum-Reserve, took part in the forum that lasted for five days. He shared his impressions at the end of the event, I was interested in the discussion ground about the role of the museum in the development of the region. The participants have been told about the branches of the National Museum of the Republic of Tatarstan – the Memorial House of V.I. Lenin, the Museum of Y.A. Boratynsky. Besides, we have seen those amazing changes that are taking place in Sviyazhsk now. Communication with participants of the forum was also very interesting. Heads of federal and large regional museums worked on this ground. It was interesting to learn what place the Kirillo-Belozersky Museum-Reserve occupied among them. Speaking about the forum in general, in my opinion, Tatarstan is that area from which you can learn a lot. It is difficult to find such a serious, even parental attitude of the regional authorities to the museums and cultural institutions.

One more forum was staged in the Vologda region from September 10 to 13. Totma hosted the interregional event called Museum Affairs and Tourism as Development Factor of Russian Province. Two employees of the Scientific and Storage Department of the Kirillo-Belozersky Museum-Reserve took part in the forum. Custodian Anna Borodulina shared the experience of digitization of museum items with her colleagues and Elena Sizova, specialist of temperature and humidity conditions, told them about the control system of temperature and humidity conditions. In all, over 30 reports were given by museums employees, research officers of Russian universities and representatives of the travel industry.