Common Heritage, Common Future

There will be multimedia kiosks, tablet and phone guides and augmented reality. Attractive and modern multimedia setting and unique collection are the key to present a promising project of The National Museum in Szczecin and Pommersches Landesmuseum Greifswald. Both institutions are going to carry out a project named “Common Heritage, Common Future” which aim is to familiarize both Polish and German visitors with West-Pomeranian history.

- The history of these lands, their former inhabitants and culture they created, brings an unusual tale of human curiosity and how it was changing with great ideas. I believe that the project of The National Museum in Szczecin and Pommersches Landesmuseum will be an interesting response to our curiosity and will create a bridge leading to building common future right where we live, in West Pomerania. Poles are becoming open to German visitors, Germans – to Polish ones. This may bring only positive effects - said The Marshall of West-Pomeranian Voivodeship, Olgierd Geblewicz.

Learning history will be easier on account of modern technology, skilfully arranged lighting, topic paths with virtual guide or play-and-learn spots for the youngest. “Common Heritage – Common Future” – an outstandingly ambitious project of leading cultural institutions of West-Pomerania and Mecklemburg-Vorpommern will also be run with special offer for visually impaired, blind and deaf people. It will include i.e. a sign language guide, sculpture copies for touch exploring or board tactile graphics of chosen objects.

Within the project, The National Museum in Szczecin will arrange permanent exhibitions presenting the history of Pomerania (The Museum of Regional Traditions, 27 Staromłyńska St.), mediaeval art in Pomerania and the art of the 17th and 18th centuries in Pomerania and Europe (in the building at Wały Chrobrego St.). Multilingual exhibitions will be dedicated to visitors from both riverbanks of Oder and both museums will show multimedia presentations referring to their partner’s collections and expositions. Besides, there will be developed the rule of essential cooperation at exhibition creating, which began with previous common project (The Golden Age of Pomerania). 

Within the mediaeval art exhibition we will see 80 objects peculiar for the epoch. Most of them are of sacral character and were created between the 12th century and 1530s. They are, most of all, wooden sculptures related to religious cult and elements of equipment and decoration of churches including bronze bells, carved stone columns or gilded monstrances and reliquiaries. A precious complement originating from secular material culture of the epoch will be everyday use objects like weapons, coins and jewellery. The exposition presenting art of the 16th and 17th centuries in Pomerania and Europe will refer to the Protestant influences on the artists of the epoch, as well as the ones of court culture. Paintings will be accompanied by liturgical vessels or church equipment from Pomerania.  

Within the project, Pommersches Landesmuseum Greifswald will arrange an exhibition referring to the history of Pomerania in the 20th century entitled “Witnesses of History. Pomerania in the 20th Century”. In its part devoted to the period after 1945, the exhibition will show the history of both German Vorpommern and Polish Pomorze Zachodnie. The exhibition is a continuation of a complex of exhibitions presenting the Pomeranian history from the oldest times to the present day with an emphasis on historic issues, that has been being created for over a decade. 

The total value of the project amounts to EUR 2.8 million, with The National Museum in Szczecin participation of 1.4 million. The project obtained funds within Interreg Va Programme of 85% of the qualified cost. The planned period of the carrying out of the project are years 2017-2020.

[after: West-Pomeranian Marshall Press Office]