The conference will bring together in the Gatchina Palace representatives of the museum community, members of the European families who own hereditary estates, and private entrepreneurs. What is a "Country estate" in the contemporary world culture? Is it a museum, a profit-making enterprise, or a living organism? The conference participants will discuss whether the manor can remain the center of life; what the Country estate civilization is and can it be considered a special object of cultural heritage. Topic of the first day of the conference will be the actual term "Country estate civilization", its historical, philosophical, cultural understanding.
The event consists of three parts and lasts for three days.