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Ukraine Heritage Spotlight 05

On the ground with WMF

The fifth episode in our Ukraine Heritage Spotlight podcast series sheds light on international assistance brought to Ukraine to protect cultural heritage. We speak to Dr Kateryna Goncharova about current needs and projects undertaken on the ground in Ukraine by the World Monuments Fund.

The World Monuments Fund is an independent organisation based in New York devoted to safeguarding heritage locations to build mutual understanding across cultures and communities. Since 1965, its global team of experts has preserved cultural heritage at more than 700 sites in 112 countries. Today one of the countries in need of special attention is, of course, Ukraine.

One of the many specialists helping to protect Ukraine’s cultural heritage is Dr Kateryna Goncharova, Ukraine Heritage Crisis Specialist at the World Monuments Fund. For a number of years she has been involved with the preservation of architectural heritage and historical sites of Ukraine. Previously, she worked as Head of the Research Department at the Ukrainian State Research and Project Institute for Historic Preservation. We ask her about her view of on the scale of damage of heritage in Ukraine, current needs and projects being realised to safeguard cultural heritage.

Podcast co-host and Head of the Europa Nostra Heritage Hub in Kraków, Dr Katarzyna Jagodzińska spoke to Kateryna during a meeting of the European Commission-led expert sub-group on the safeguarding of cultural heritage in Ukraine. The meeting was held in January 2024 in Brussels to develop a set of recommendations for the Government of Ukraine and for the Commission itself in the field of protection and reconstruction of tangible and intangible heritage following hostilities.

Hosted by Dr Katarzyna Jagodzińska, Head of the Europa Nostra Heritage Hub in Krakow and John Beauchamp.

Produced by John Beauchamp (Free Range Productions).