The school provides the participants not only with knowledge but also the possibility of putting it into practice.
The course took 8 months (from November 2019 to June 2020). The educational module consisted of a series of open lectures and seminars, topics ranging from basic concepts to specific expertise and practical preservation of cultural heritage, as well as legal matters.
For the practical course, 10 cases were developed to simulate positive scenarios for the problem sites. The participants joined existing heritage preservation projects and also launched new initiatives from scratch. While specialists and experts supervised the projects, the museum provided methodological support.
The cases are presented on the website.
Some of the initiative groups still continue to work on their projects, while others have broken up. Positive examples include a group of inhabitants of the former Ryazanov estate who are still implementing a number of initiatives, such as the Ryazanov Days
festival. And yet a number of projects got nowhere. One of the sites that the school participants tried to save—the building of the Uktus Airport—was demolished.
Regardless of the situation with certain site, the main achievement of the School was expanding the circle of supporters of the preservation of cultural heritage in the city (there is now a base of experienced volunteers), increasing their level of understanding of legal and social foundations of heritage preservation, increasing awareness of the cultural heritage of Ekaterinburg, combining efforts on the basis of professional approach, the emergence of scenarios for the revitalization of a number of objects, and increasing their investment attractiveness.