This time the journal RENOVATUM ANNO appears as a twin issue of both – 2017 and 2018. It is published in celebration of the events that took place 30 years ago, as well as of the centenary of the Republic of Estonia. 

The events mentioned were of utmost significance not only to the Kanut but also to all Estonian conservators, as the National Conservation Centre (bearing the name of Kanut since 1990) was established on 1 December 1986. The following year, 1987, was essential for the new establishment and busy indeed for its newly contracted staff. The synergy that is still noticeable today was founded that year when the industrious employees became positively disposed colleagues and collaborators. Changes have occurred in the structure of the establishment, its name and logo have varied but the goal has remained the same throughout the thirty years – high-level conservation and digitisation of our cultural heritage and valuables. 

Another significant event occurred in 1987 – in Riga that is the capital of that-time Latvian SSR the very first joint exhibition of Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian conservators together with a conference took place. It was common in the Soviet Union to arrange such conferences and exhibitions in Moscow and the last one in which Estonia also participated was in 1984. The late 1980s, though, witnessed a new and different political situation and the Baltic republics decided to choose a way of their own in such arrangements. By today the professional meetings of the conservators from the three Baltic countries have become a pleasant tradition – in every third tear the conference takes place alternatively in one of the three republics. The 14th triennial of the Baltic conservators took place in Tartu, the university town of Estonia in May 2017.

Since 1988 the journal RENOVATUM ANNO has been published, the present issue is the 15th. All the earlier copies can be found at the address

On 24 February 2018 the Republic of Estonia will be a century old. RENOVATUM ANNO strives for adding something to celebrate the important and decorous event by including new articles and information about maintaining cultural heritage into the twin issue of the journal.

We do wish you to have pleasant time when reading RENOVATUM ANNO!