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.



The annual 14th Ferapontovo Readings will begin in the Museum of Dionisy’s Frescoes in a week, on October 20. They are organized together with the Spiritual and Educational Centre “Northern Thebaid” (Vologda) thanks to the financial backing of the OJSC Severstal. The scientific conference will take place for the 14th time. By tradition, both representatives of the academic community and beginners will join in it.

The goal of the readings is to introduce the younger generation to the values of Russian culture on the basis of study of historical, art and cultural heritage of the monasteries of the Russian North. This year over 30 pupils from different districts of the Vologda region have got a chance to present their researches along with professionals.

The 14th Ferapontovo Readings will be held during two days – from October 20 to 21. At the end of the event, the jury will determine the best works of young researchers. Winners will be given money prizes. Besides, it is planned to publish a book containing the presented reports according to the results of the conference.