1979 - On 10 April 1979 a resolution of the Council of Ministers of The Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic marked the beginning of what has been perhaps the most daring experiment in the field of restoration worldwide – the recreation of the Amber Room in the Catherine palace in Tsarskoye Selo.

1981 - In 1981 a group of architects started developing the Amber Room recreation project. The group was headed by Lenin Award Laureate, distinguished architect - Alexander Kedrinsky. Architectural and decorative work on the room was finished in the same year. Picturesque plafond, glued-laminated parquet, gilded carving and upper tier wall painting were made.

1983 - Two years later, in 1983, the Amber Workshop was opened as part of the scientific production association Restavrator (Restorer). It started working on the restoration of the amber items from the Amber Room collection, saved during the World War II. This work gave us the chance to master the old forgotten technologies of the Prussian craftsmen. It is interesting to mention that while restoring the casket dated from 1705, the signature of Gottfried Turau, one of the creators of the Amber Study of Frederick I, was discovered on it.

1984 - The workshop continued working, exploring new reconstruction technologies. The colour scheme of the Amber Room interior came to be the main problem for the restorers as the archives and literature sources contained no information on how the Amber Room used to be coloured. It was extremely difficult for the restorers to solve this problem having only 86 black-and-white photographs and a single pre-war colour photo slide. Enlarging the pictures of each fragment of the Amber Room the craftsmen tried to define the colour of each amber piece trusting the light and shade effect.

1985 - In 1985 the craftsmen started recreating Florentine mosaics – four colourful mosaics made of hard stones, they were the key elements in the decoration of the Amber Room. When Boris Igdalov, now the director of the Amber workshop, came to work for Restovrator, the recreation the four mosaics became manageable.
In the same year 1985 Boris Igdalov reproduced part of the «Port of Legborn» mosaic. That small fragment was made up of over a hundred pieces of semi-precious stones. It took three months to produce this test piece (1.57”*2.76”), and for the recreation of the four mosaics years of hard work were meant.

1986 - In 1986 the research on new technologies in the recreation process of the Amber decorum was finished. The artists completed the colour models of each panel in full size. The project of the Amber Room which involved many people and organizations was finally finished.

1987 - In 1987 – Ivan Petrovich Sautov became director of «Tsarskoye Selo» State Museum-Reserve. Since his appointment to this post, «Tsarskoye Selo» became one of the largest restoration sites in Russia.

1992-1993 – During 1992-1993 the lower part of the Amber Room was finished and assembled.

1994 - In 1994 Boris Igdalov – artist-restorer of the highest category, the leader-restorer of the Florentine mosaics, became head of the Tsarskoselskaya Amber Workshop.

1995 - In 1995 the workshop completed the series of icons for the Home Church in the residence of the Russian president in the Moscow Kremlin. The series of icons includes: The Saviour on the Throne with Blessed Virgin Mary and Saint John the Baptist, The Holy Trinity, Saints Boris and Gleb, Saint George the heavenly protector of the Russian State and Our Lady of Kazan.
The work for the Amber Room continued. The first central panel was installed on the Northern wall.

1997 - Restorers engaged in recreating the Florentine mosaics found themselves facing a real test on their professional skills. The discovery in Germany in 1997 of one of the authentic mosaics, evidently looted during the removal of the panels from Tsarskoye Selo, provided specialists with a rare opportunity to compare a newly recreated work with the original. They proved almost indistinguishable! The most serious critics and opponents of the project admitted the highest quality of the work of our craftsmen.
In 1997 the workshop produced the first diplomatic gift – a Panagia for Vladimir - the Patriarch of Saint-Petersburg and Ladoga. Thus the beginning of a series of diplomatic gifts, created in the workshop, was laid. The series continues till nowadays.

1998 – In 1998 the Workshop was officially renamed into now existing Tsarskoselskaya Amber Workshop.

1999 - Though there was substantial help from the Russian government and Maecenas the work had to be suspended more than once for financial reasons, but the artists continued working unpaid for months. Only in September 1999 the work was boosted by a large donation from a German company, Ruhrgas. Russia and Germany found themselves again intertwined in the unbelievable history of the Amber Room. An agreement concerning exclusive sponsorship of the reconstruction of the Amber Room was signed on September 6, 1999 by the Ministry for Cultural Affairs of the Russian Federation, the Tsarskoye Selo State Museum, and "Ruhrgas AG".

2000 - Russia and Germany swapped treasures – original Florentine mosaic and a chest of drawers from the interior of the Amber Room were returned to Russia.

2001 - Together with the State Museum-Reserve of Tsarskoe Selo and support of Ruhrgas Company an extensive exhibition with the items of our workshop was held in Dortmund, Germany.
In 2001 the decorum of the Northern wall of the Amber Room was finished. Russian President Vladimir Putin and the German Chancellor, Gerhard Schroeder highly estimated our work.

2002 - In 2002 the decorum of the Southern wall of the interior of the Amber Room was finished completely.
The restorers of the Amber Workshop started recreation of the Konigsberg Collection on demand of the Administration of Kaliningrad region. In the same year a project of the Amber Cabin for the Museum of the World Ocean in Kaliningrad was started.

2003 - On 31 May 2003 after more than two decades of work, the reborn Amber Room was officially opened as part of Saint-Petersburg's 300th anniversary. Russian President Vladimir Putin unveiled it along with German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder; dozens of world leaders attended the gala ceremony. The Eighth Wonder reborn – that is how the Amber Room recreated is called by many art critics in Russia and all over the world. We owe this great day to the Russian and German Ministry of Arts, joint research of the specialists of both countries and financial help of the energy corporation E.ON. Ruhrgas.
“Today we have visited the legendary Amber Room, which was brought back to life through the mutual effort of Russian craftsmen with the support of German partners,” President of Russia Vladimir Putin said in his speech at the ceremony of the grand opening of the Amber Room.
The words of the director of the State Museum-Reserve of Tsarskoye Selo Dr. Ivan Sautov said at the grand opening of the Amber Room can hardly be forgotten: These years were filled with a special meaning and relevance for those who were involved in the recreation of the Amber Room. Today we can state with satisfaction that thanks to this work Russia has acquired a unique school of restorers that revived lost crafts and technologies of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.