The “Post Stop” program’s new approach to solving the issues of preservation and promotion of historical and cultural heritage of Armenia has been implemented by the Ministry of ESCS of RA

There are thousands of officially registered historical and cultural monuments in the territory of Armenia that are in constant need of care and attention. These monuments represent the rich, multi-layered historical and cultural heritage of Armenia.

The study, preservation and enhancement of cultural heritage is extremely important both in the regional and global contexts. The preservation of historical and cultural monuments is an obligation towards the future generation as it is an indivisible part of the nation’s self-conception and identity, it has an important mission of introducing a nation’s centuries-long history and culture to the foreigners. Each person should realize their important role in the preservation of historical monuments. 

Having all this in mind, the Ministry of ESCS of RA, in collaboration with the Ministry of High-Tech Industry of the Republic of Armenia, HayPost and the Union of Philatelists of Armenia, has decided to implement the “Post Stop” program, aimed at the preservation and promotion of historical and cultural monuments. The idea of the program belongs to the assistant of the former Deputy Minister of ESCS of RA, Mr. Hayk Mkrtchyan

The mission of the program is to encourage the locals and the guests visiting Armenia to make their contribution to the efforts put for preserving historical and cultural heritage by purchasing stamps depicting monuments.  It is not a coincidence that the slogan of the program is the following: “Buy postage stamps, save monuments!”.

Currently the postage stamps with the images of the following historical monuments are released: Yererouyk basilica (VI c.), Monastery of Marmashen (X-XI cent.) and Agarakadzor Bridge (XIII c.).

This initiative will contribute to the preservation and promotion of cultural heritage of Armenia. Moreover, along with these postage stamps, postcards, specifically related to these monuments, are also planned to be released.

The stamps can be purchased and dropped into the mailbox, installed around the monuments. Those will be collected and sent to the post office on the set date.

All received profit from the sale of postage stamps will be distributed on the conservation, restoration and promotion activities of historical and architectural monuments. The planned activities can include placement of informative panels regarding the monuments, installation of guiding signs in the nearest settlements and interstate highways, provision of sanitary-hygienic conditions at the monument sites, preparation of social advertisement, organisation of periodic volunteer works at the monument areas, etc. 

The implementation of such initiative, which is an excellent example of raising public awareness of and participation in the preservation and enhancement of historical and cultural monuments, can become an important impetus for performing and developing creative and innovative ideas in the field of cultural heritage, as well as for establishing new models of the state-society-private sector trilateral cooperation.

Therefore, from now on, whenever you visit historical and cultural monuments in Armenia, you can buy these postage stamps from the nearest souvenir shop and in this way make your contribution to the important cause of the enhancement and preservation of Armenian cultural heritage.

Summarizing the results and setting the new priority areas of action during the “ROCHEMP Centre’s Results” event

On May 7, 2021, an event entitled “ROCHEMP Centre’s Results” was held at the National Gallery of Armenia, incorporating into its program the initiatives long-postponed due to the pandemic and the war.

The Director of the ROCHEMP Centre, Mrs. Ani Avagyan, expressed the Centre’s appreciation to the partners, partnering organisations and attendees. After the welcome speech, she introduced the results of the Centre’s establishment and the impact of implemented activities from November, 2019 to May, 2021 during the COVID-19 pandemic and the war.

In his welcoming speech, the Deputy Minister of ESCS of RA, Mr. Ara Kzmalyan, emphasized the importance of the well-entrenched and successful collaboration in the sphere of cultural heritage enhancement, management and protection between the governments of the Republic of Armenia and Italy. He also stressed the relevance of continuing and broadening this collaboration in the areas of cultural heritage preservation, development of educational programs for the preparation of specialists and establishment of a unified monitoring system for the cultural heritage, kept at various institutions.

In his informative speech, the Chargé d’Affaires of the Italian Embassy in the Republic of Armenia, Mr. Giovanni Nicola Dionisi, mentioned about the central role that the ROCHEMP project has in the diplomatic relations of Armenia and Italy. He also stressed the willingness of the Italian government to continue the collaboration within the ROCHEMP project.

The Director of the National Gallery of Armenia, Ms. Marina Hakobyan, welcomed the fact that the ROCHEMP Centre is a branch of NGA and accentuated the importance of putting our joint efforts towards cultural heritage preservation. In multi-profile activities of the Centre, she particularly highlighted the translation activities of professional literature.

During the meeting, a presentation of the proceedings of the international conference “Cultural Heritage: Experiences & Perspectives in International Context” took place, and book exemplars were delivered to the conference participants. 

Mrs. Gohar Hovakimyan, a staff member of the Center, presented the previous and present training programs for specialists, implemented in collaboration between Armenia and Italy. This presentation was followed by the delivering ceremony of attendance certificates of the “ROCHEMP 2020: Intensive Training Course for Cultural Heritage Experts”.  

The coordinator of the ROCHEMP Centre, Ms. Gayane Babayan, introduced the results of the scientific and research, as well as translation activities already conducted. She informed the attendees that the Center has translated and will soon publish the guidebook, prepared by the E.C.C.O., titled “Competences for Access to the Conservation-Restoration Profession” (“Ամրակայում-վերականգնում մասնագիտության համար պահանջվող որակավորումներ” in Armenian). The publication is highly important for setting a professional evaluation system in developing training and educational programs in Armenia.

At the end of the event, the Centre’s future projects and priority areas of action were also discussed.

The event was attended by the chief representatives of the Centre’s partnering institutions, the participants of the ROCHEMP international conference, the participants of the ROCHEMP 2020 training course for cultural heritage experts, as well as professionals and students.