Memory-based Museum Events

Working with non-academic partners including museums, galleries, and NGOs, the MYPLACE project has focused on the transmission of memory and political heritage in these “sites of memory” and on intergenerational transmission. Our teams in universities in the UK, Slovakia, Russia, Latvia and Portugal staged large dissemination events, and here you can explore the joint events held between the universities and museums to showcase the MYPLACE research.

Video: Museum of the Occupation of Latvia

The Museum of the Occupation of Latvia is an historic educational institution located in Riga, Latvia. It was established in 1993 to exhibit artifacts, archive documents, and educate the public about the 51-year period in the 20th century when Latvia was successively occupied by the USSR in 1940, then by Nazi Germany in 1941, and then again by the USSR in 1944.

This video features Education Departments work with students. The Department organizes interactive activities for students and young people both at the Museum exhibition premises and outside them – at the places of the historical events and in schools. Students are invited to take part in competitions, to study their family history and that of their neighbourhood to better understand the events of the twentieth century.

You can also download the full report of this event.

Video: Nation’s Memory Institute and the Slovak National Museum

This documentary covers the Pictures from Yesteryear event, which was organized by the Department of Ethnology and World Studies, University of SS Cyril and Methodius in Trnava in association with the Nation’s Memory Institute and the Slovak National Museum (Dolná Krupá)

The event took place on 21st November 2015 and it also launched the exhibition of the same name that went on until the end of March 2015.  The event consisted of three major parts – 1. introductory speeches that highlighted goals of MYPLACE project and launched the exhibition as one of its results; 2. screening of the documentaries produced by  Nation’s Memory Institute. Both documentaries were chosen in order to stimulate the debate that followed; 3.  the debate between the invited guests (along with questions from audience). The central theme of the debate was “freedom”, since it appeared to be the main criterion present in numerous public documents according to which the difference between the past and the present were judged.

You can also download the full report of this event.

Video: State Museum of Political History of Russia

In collaboration with the State Museum of Political History of Russia (Saint-Petersburg), we undertook seminars, expert and narrative interviews, focus-groups, observations and a final theatrical event. Museum staff members and visitors were invited to participate. Our mutual goal was to define how memory spaces affect the understanding of history by contemporary youth, how important such places are as mediators of historical events, and also what can be improved to attract larger audiences to visit the places of memory.

You can also read the full report of the event.