Spring in Elbląg

Ukrainian Easter eggs. Mrs. Aleksandra Charko’s work, domiciled in Nowotki, near Elbląg. After the Second World War, in 1947, resettled within the Wisla Action Ukrainian people, who arrived in territory of Elbląg and environs, have been carrying on with their tradition till today. Ukrainian Easter eggs have been made in a batik method: applying molten wax with a wooden setting pin on an egg. The egg with an applied design is drawn in a colorant. The whole action is re-runned a couple of times, at the same time drawing new design and staining the egg with different colors. The most common patterns are geometric and vegetable motifs with a rich symbolism- a cross, a solar theme, a tree of life. 

At Easter we went to the cemetery. The first day of Easter at home, and then a procession and they were going on graves…The holy food was carried in a big basket, everything what you were eating, it had to be blessed, bread under armpit, half a threescore of eggs, a whole ham, sausage, butter, cheese. Nowadays we bless the same dishes, but the baskets are smaller and only a little bit. And Easter eggs of course! [Mrs. Aleksandra Charko’s quote].

Photo by Alicja Janiak

Easter traditions – some „examples” prepared for the Easter workshops in the museum.

Easter cake (mazurek) - Easter workshops for schools in the Museum.

Easter traditions – Easter eggs – workshop for school children.

Photos 02-05: Photo by Piotr Adamczyk

Winter in Elbląg

Elbląg, late 20’s of the XX century. Skating-rink on a place where now a Bus Station is located.

Sleigh ride with a Wencius familly. Elblag, Robotnicza street, 1952. Photo by Alfreda Szulc

Helena Pilejczyk (left) and Hanna Skrzetuska during Polish Speed Skating Team Championship in Elblag, 20 Febr. 1955. Helena Pilejczyk (Majcher) is a bronze medalist from Speed skating at the 1960 Winter Olympics in Squaw Valley, California, United States.

Elbląg 1968. View on Old Market Street through the survived part of a builiding at Wigilijna Street 13. Photo by Janusz Cydzik.

Courtyard of the Archaeological – Historical Mueum of Elblag. Photo by Grzegorz Stasielowicz.

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BALTMUS Annual Network Forum 4th - 8th April 2018 in Gdynia City Museum.

 The 2018 Annual Forum of Network of Museums took place in Gdynia City Museum between April 4th and April 8th, 2018. This forum marks the beginning of three-year presidency period for Gdynia City Museum. The task of coordinating the operations of the network bring excitement and expectation of an interesting challenge.

Forum gathered 32 representatives of 11 of the institutions gathered in the Network and five local museums. The first day of the Forum was devoted to the host institution. Our guest were given a curatorial tour of the exhibition “Gdynia – an Open Work”, the core exhibition of Gdynia City Museum. The tour was conducted by Ms. Agata Abramowicz, the Deputy Director of the Museum and one of the curators of the core exhibition. Later they took part in the opening event of the exhibition “Co Widzisz?” (What Do You See?), which uses a great selection from the vast photo collections of Gdynia City Museum to illustrate various roles of photography and the types of human perception. During the event the members of the forum were greeted by the Director of Gdynia City Museum, Dr. Jacek Friedrich, and the Deputy Mayor of Gdynia, Ms. Katarzyna Gruszecka-Spychała.

The second day, Friday 6th April, was devoted to the conference. First Dr. Łukasz Jasiński presented the international exchange framework entitled “Common Sea – Common Museums”, aimed at promoting peer-to-peer exchanges between the member institutions of the Network. Further discussions concentrated on two key subjects, pre-selected by the guest in an online query: Art, history, education – how to achieve synergy between different activities? And How to appeal to the visitors? In the ensuing discussions the members of the Forum agreed that while multiplying various programs aimed at attracting more visitors to the museums is effective, sometimes it might result in heavy pressure on the museum workers. During the conference Ms. Ulrika Mebus (Gotland Museum), who had coordinated the Network, presented the annual report of the forum and a few remarks of encouragement to the new coordinators from Gdynia.

On Saturday 7th April the members of the conference were invited to join a workshop on the “What Do You See?” exhibition, conducted by its curator, Ms. Agnieszka Pajączkowska. Our guests were given a unique insight into the aims of the exhibition and were encouraged to provide their insights on various elements of the exhibition. Later the group travelled to Gdańsk to visit the European Solidarity Centre, located on the site of the Gdańsk Shipyard famous from workers’ protests against Communist oppression in 1980.

Sunday, 8th April was an extra-curricular day for some of the guests. The programme included a visit in the Emigration Museum in Gdynia, where a curatorial tour was given by Dr. Michalina Petelska, one of the creators of the exhibition. The visit in this modern, narrative museum marked the end of the Annual Forum in Gdynia.

Gdynia City Museum takes the three-year presidency of the Network. We do hope that the success of the April Forum will be a good omen for the next tree years of Forum’s operations.

European Year of Cultural heritage 2018

Council and European Parliament have decided establishing a European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018. 

Cultural heritage encompasses resources from the past in a variety of forms and aspects.

The aim of this initiative is to raise awareness of European history and values and to strengthen a sense of European identity. At the same time, it draws attention to the opportunities offered by our cultural heritage, but also to the challenges it faces.


2017 International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development

The United Nation has designated 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.

This is a unique opportunity to raise awareness of the contribution of sustainable tourism to development among public and private sector decision-makers and the public, while mobilizing all stakeholders to work together in making tourism a catalyst for positive change. The museums are very imoprtant actors in this respect!


Europa Nostra to Estonian Open Air Museum!


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