International Cooperation at the New Jewish Cemetery in Prague
Cooperation on finishing the rescue of the KubinskyTomb
Photo: Kubinsky tomb taken by Lukáš Brotánek 2017.
In June 2017 took two students of the Conservation Department of the University of Oslo part in the initiative of Cooperation on Finishing Rescue of Lederer Tomb- Stone Restoring and Kubinzky Tomb - Inner Part Restoring at the New Jewish Cemetery in Prague 3“ . The project is supported financially by the Fund for Bilateral Relations at Programme Level-“B” measure with CZ 06 Programme.
Programme CZ 06 “Cultural Heritage and Contemporary Arts is supported by EEA countries Norway, Iceland and Lichtenstein within Financial Mechanisms (FM2) and aims to enhance the understanding of cultural diversity in the European context and promote Czech culture and its understanding in particular. Grants within Programme area 16 “Conservation and Revitalization of Cultural Heritage” are given to projects with focus on rescue, restoration, presentation and accessibility of movable and immovable cultural Heritage.
The New Jewish Cemetery in Prague, district 3 – Žižkov was established in 1891, when space at the Old Cemetery became scares. It provides place for 100,000 graves and is, amongst others, the final resting place for Franz Kafka. The Cemetery is still in use today and operated by the Jewish Community in Prague. In the project period 2009-2014 the Jewish Community in Prague was granted finances for the stabilisation of 480 leaning grave stones and the repair of three family tombs. 2017 is the final year of the project in which the last of the three family tombs, the Kubinsky tomb, was finalized.
The Norwegian students started their visit at the Czech university, where they were shown around the conservation department. On the way to Prague they stopped for a visit at Kutná Hora, another of the Czech conservation schools projects. After a weekend in Prague the students worked along Czech students on the restoration of the inner part of the Kubinski tomb. This cooperation has given them valuable insight in how conservation is taught and practiced in the Czech Republic.