Христос Воскресе! Воистину Воскресе!

April 15th, 2012 by Richard Davies

Ivan Bilibin 1901


April 14th, 2012 by Richard Davies

There stands a Kulich-Town, preening itself,
Crowing proudly over all the other towns:
“There is no place more glorious than me though!
I am made entirely of Tvorog and dough!

Ivan Bilibin 1911

Country Life – 29th February 2012 – Averil King

April 2nd, 2012 by Richard Davies

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Apollo – April 2012 – Gavin Stamp

April 2nd, 2012 by Richard Davies

The Octagon of Ely Cathedral

‘Despite its vulnerability to fire, damp and rot, wood is a durable material that, over time, can become almost as hard as steel. From medieval barns to 17th-century log churches, timber structures have survived across Northern Europe over centuries’


The Times – 31st March 2012 – Marcus Binney

March 31st, 2012 by Richard Davies
Times 31.3.12

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Open Democracy – 30th March 2012 – The tragedy of Russia’s abandoned wooden churches – Alexander Mozhayev

March 30th, 2012 by Richard Davies

Church of St Nicholas (1727), Ratonavolok, Archangel region, 27th February 2006

‘The Russian mentality has developed to understand “old” as something that is out of date… Some years ago, the abbot of a monastery was asked why he had knocked down the porch of his 300-year-old church, and he replied as honestly as he could: “Because it was old!”’



Indifference – Равнодушие

March 17th, 2012 by Richard Davies
The Final Hour

The Final Hour

In the Afterword to the recently published book ‘Wooden Churches’ Mikhail Milchik writes about the state of wooden architecture in Russia – he gives many reasons for its demise then says ‘finally, and possibly the most important reason, is the almost total indifference towards the fate of the national cultural heritage, that reigns in Russian society, from top to bottom.’

Looking through a book of Russian Revolutionary posters I came across a wonderful image by Viktor Deni from 1920 which I asked my friend Peter Brookes, the political cartoonist on The Times newspaper to reinterpret.

In Deni’s image the victim is Capitalism, the hour hand threat is Communism - Capitalism has they say survived for the moment. In Peter’s cartoon the victim is wooden architecture, the threat indifference. Let us hope that the message of Peter’s cartoon will be as wrong as Deni’s and that we will not be the last generation to experience these unique buildings as Mikhail has dolefully predicted….

The Voice of Russia – radio interview

March 14th, 2012 by Richard Davies

Russian BookWorld – 11th March 2012


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Kizhi is given a lift!

February 5th, 2012 by Richard Davies




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Wooden Architecture – Amazon Rainforest – Colombia

January 17th, 2012 by Richard Davies







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