The list of the rural churches where researches will take place

The SMC project task is to develop innovative management strategies as well as cost-effective and sustainable conservation and maintenance methods for historic rural churches. Research and analysis of best practice available in different sources is carried out. Field measurements are done to have an overview of indoor climate conditions and hydrothermal performance of building fabric. Additionally, researchers carry out in situ and lab research of current conservation materials and historic plaster and render as well as research on current conservation methods.

There are 20 churches where the researches will take place 10 in Estonia, 10 in Gotland/Sweden:

Estonia (Saaremaa and Läänemaa):
Kihelkonna church
Püha church
Valjala Church
Karja Church 
Kaarma Church
Pöide church
Muhu Church
Kuressaare’s St. Lawrence’s church
Risti church
Karuse church

Sweden (Gotland):
Garda church
När church
Lau church
Näs church
Grötlingbo church
Fide church
St Mary church, Visby
Etelhem church
Hangvar church
Fleringe church

Discovering the rural churches in Saaremaa

On the 17-18 May,  researchers from TUT, led by Targo Kalamees, and team members from Conservation Centre Kanut  with Juhan Kilumets and Eva Mölder from conservation company Rändmeister OÜ  visited several rural churches in Saaremaa in order to get the overview on the state of conservation of those churches and to place data loggers needed for the research of indoor climate in churches. The churches which were visited are Kihelkonna, Karja, Kaarma, Püha, Valjala, Pöide and Muhu.

Look the pictures. Photos by A. Vainlo.

Look the pictures. Photos by A. Uueni.

Sustainable Management of Historic Rural Churches in the Baltic Sea Region (SMC)

The SMC project responds to the pressing need to find solutions for site management as well as cost-effective and sustainable maintenance and conservation of the rural churches. These two subjects must be handled together to obtain the maximum effect of sustainable management of these historic buildings. As the scope of building conservation and maintenance is wide, the project concentrates on the impact of indoor climate and hygrothermal performance of the walls to the state of conservation of the churches and artefacts housed in them.

The project has three partners: Conservation Centre “Kanut“(Estonia), Gotland University (Sweden) and Tallinn University of Technology (Estonia), and is part-financed by the European Union Central Baltic INTERREG IVA programme 2007-2013. This project will close at the end of 2013.