Festive occasion dedicated to the 165th anniversary of the Imperial Archaeological Commission to be held at the Presidential Library

15 February 2024

On February 15, 2024 at 14:00, a gala event dedicated to the 165th anniversary of the Imperial Archaeological Commission, the oldest state archaeological institution in Russia, will be held in the Column Hall of the Presidential Library.

The Imperial Archaeological Commission was established on February 15 (old style - February 2) 1859, when Emperor Alexander II approved the Regulations on it. Throughout the second half of the 19th and early 20th centuries, being a division of the Ministry of the Imperial Household, the commission was the only Russian government body which mission was to research, collect and protect ancient monuments.

The creation of the commission became part of the liberal reforms of Russia in the mid-third quarter of the 19th century and reflected the awareness of Russian society of national antiquities as a subject of special pride, requiring preservation, study and careful treatment.

The Imperial Archaeological Commission combined research, organizational and control functions in its activities. The practice that developed during the commission’s activities formed the basis for the modern regulation of archaeological research and the system for the protection of monuments in Russia.

The gala event will take place at the address: St. Petersburg, Senate Square, building 3, A.

In order to join the event, one should send an application to the email address of the Academic Secretary of the Institute of the History of Material Culture of the Russian Academy of Sciences Evgenia Sergeevna Tkach academic.secretary@archeo.ru. The letter must indicate your last name, first name, patronymic and place of work.

Entry to the Presidential Library for event participants is only possible by prior registration and upon showing a passport - through entrance № 1.

The event will be broadcast on the Presidential Library’s portal in Live Broadcasts section in accordance with the program of live events, on the Rutube-channel of the institution.

Accreditation of media representatives is until 14:00 February 14, 2024. 

Please forward applications for accreditation following the attached form marked “Media Accreditation” at media@prlib.rupechnikova@prlib.ru, Tatyana Pechnikova, tel. (812) 305-16-21, ext. 534; mob. +7 921 998-06-78.

The letter should contain the full name, date and place of birth, passport data (series, number, place of registration), a list of carry-on equipment, contact phone numbers, the name of the media.

We draw the attention of the media representatives that it is necessary to forward applications for accreditation and arrive at the event in advance.

Entrance to the Presidential Library is carried out only by prior registration and upon showing a passport: for media representatives - through entrance № 2, participants and guests of the event - through entrance № 1.

In order to reduce the risks of the spread of a new coronavirus infection (COVID-19), the use of personal protective equipment during the event is mandatory for all attendees.