Series of online discussions on saving Ukrainian heritage during the war

Three online discussions dedicated to Ukrainian heritage.

About the discussions 

The discussions took place as part of the ICOM UK Talks – Heritage in Crisis series, which focuses on countries where cultural heritage is being destroyed or damaged as a result of armed conflicts or natural disasters.

The UK heritage sector is particularly interested in learning from Ukrainian case studies to develop an understanding of how to respond to similar challenges on a global scale. 

The detailed programme.

Talk 1

Looting of Ukrainian cultural heritage and loss of expertise.


  • Sophie Delepierre, Head of Heritage Protection, ICOM secretariat, responsible for producing the Red Lists
  • Anastasiia Cherednychenko, vice-chair ICOM Ukraine, speaking about the Red List for Ukraine
  • Katya Belaia-Selzer, independent paintings conservator, speaking about supporting the professional development of conservators fleeing Ukraine

Talk 2

Decolonising Ukrainian cultural heritage.


  • Mel Bach, Head of Collections and Academic Liaison / Slavonic Specialist at Cambridge University Library
  • Tetyana Filevska, Creative Director at the Ukrainian Institute in Kyiv

Talk 3

Identifying and collecting Ukrainian cultural heritage.


  • Mariya Saluk, a Ukrainian conservator currently working with Kiffy Stainer-Hutchins & Co, fine art conservators based in Norfolk
  • Ludmila Pekarska, curator of the Shevchenko Archive in London, which is the largest archive of Ukrainian artefacts in Europe, outside of Ukraine
  • Anna Yanenko, Deputy Head of the Scientific and Research Division of History and Archaeology at the National Preserve ‘Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra’ in Ukraine