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2015-05-08  Virtual museum of oral history is created in Grodno

The Virtual museum of oral history opened in Yanka Kupala Grodno State University. The museum‘s exhibits are unusual - historians have collected more than 200 video and audio memories of veterans about the events of the twentieth century.


Interest in oral history is not accidental. Historians and students had to go only to the literary sources to study of the events of the twentieth century. Now it‘s possible to see the whole picture of the studied time using video interviews and audio recordings of witnesses.
The Virtual museum is dedicated to the events of the 20th century that took place in Grodno and Vitebsk region of Belarus and Latgale Region in Latvia. The museum contains video interviews, audio recordings, photographs of the eyewitnesses of the last century, text materials in Russian, Belarusian, Latvian and English. During the preparatory work it has been collected more than 300 pieces of oral history. The teachers and students of the Faculty of history, communications and tourism of Yanka Kupala Grodno State University participated in the collection of the information.

The museum will systematize and preserve the historical memory of several generations, the unique information relating to inter-ethnic relations in the border areas of Belarus and Latvia, the events of the Polish period of the last century, the Second World War, the partisan movement during the Great Patriotic War, the military life, the history of post-war reconstruction. Part of the museum will also become the history of the University in the memories of veterans of the university.

The virtual platform of oral history is developed within the project "Popularization of the centres of oral history in the LV-BY cross-border area ", which was implemented under the ENPI CBC Programme Latvia-Lithuania-Belarus 2007-2013. This joint project involved Daugavpils University, Latvian Center for promotion of innovation and development (who developed the software project) and Yanka Kupala Grodno State University. The museum of oral history was created in order to preserve the historical and cultural heritage of cross-border territories, the development of social consciousness and the method of oral history in the educational institutions of Latvia and Belarus, formation of patriotism among young people, increasing the availability of knowledge about history. The project led to the development of oral history methodology, actively implement the world-recognized method of research in the educational process of universities of Belarus and Latvia.

In addition, the project published scientific articles in Belarusian, Russian, Latvian and English dedicated to researching of necropoleis in the territories of Belarus and Latvia.

To get acquainted with the living memories, please, visit vitamemoriae.eu. In the future period  the number of the records will be even greater: the students and historians will continue to replenish the virtual museum themselves and use the materials for trainings.
The European Union has allocated 151,941 EUR, including to the Belarusian side - 79 921.5 EUR, for financing of this international technical assistance project. The total budget of the project amounted to 168,824 EUR.

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