AUSTEJA BRASIUNAITE



I am a student of Vilnius Art Academy's Humanities and social scienses faculty - Art history graduate. I gave priority to arts, culture, historical topics, closely related to heritage and cultural heritage policy. For the last few years I consistently explore Rokiškio Estate (Lithuania) - history from the 16 to 21 century. I am exploring historiography, architecture, landscape, artistic and cultural heritage, the subtleties of the estate and its conservation problems. I use my spare time to write reviews, surveys of cultural and artistic themes. I intensely study foreign languages: I speak fluently in English, study Italian and Russian languages, and have basics of Polish and French.



Rokiškis Manor: Grand Duchy's of Lithuania noble residence – region museum, from historical monument to heritage object (16-21 centuries).



History of present Rokiškis manor reaches 16th century, times of Sigismund I the Old – Grand Duke of Lithuania and King of Poland, who gave this estate with land and town to noble family Krošinskiai. For centuries manor was ruled by 3 well known families of Grand Duchy of Lithuania: Krošinskiai, Tyzenhauzai, Pšezdzeckiai. Only in the end of 18th century Tyzenhauzai family choose it as their permanent residence and initiate the recreation of the manor and town.
In the 19th century, when the estate was ruled by famous scientist count Konstantinas Tyzenhauzas, it became an important political, economical, cultural and scientifical center.
Major changes to the estate of Rokiškis were brought by 20th century. His owner young count Jonas Pšezdzieckis decided to reconstruct the central palace. Exterior in accordance with fashion of those times changed, from reserved classical forms has become quite smug. However, the construction work was interrupted by World War I, and during World War II palace was ravaged by the occupying forces located in the estate. All manner of composition properties, the maturity of architectural forms and originality, leads to the conclusion that Rokiškis is one of the most valuable homestead ensembles of historical period.
Since 1933 Rokiškis museum have been settled in the main palace and in the southern and northern residential buildings of servants. Today museum has over 85 thousands exhibits, here is kept a unique material of Rokiškis region culture and history: rich archeological finds, old rare books, documents and prints, exhibits of numismatics, manor culture, figurative and applied arts, an authentic count's clothing collection, historical archival material, collection of folk art. Palace hall is used for celebrations, exhibitions, conferences and concerts.