Solitary Strike
The National Museum in Szczecin - The Dialogue Centre Upheavals | Plac Solidarności 1, 70-515 Szczecin, Polska

On August 17th at 12.00 at noon, the Museum invites to pl. Solidarności 1 in front of the building of The National Museum in Szczecin - The Dialogue Centre Upheavals, where the vernissage of an exhibition "Solitary Strike" is to be held.

The open-air temporary exhibition recalls little known strikes from 1988, which broke out in several centres in Poland, including Szczecin. Although their range was small, their significance could not be overestimated - during them, the communist authorities proposed a dialogue with the opposition, which was symbolized by the Round Table Talks and finally the dismantling of the communist system in Poland. The exhibition aims at showing, first of all, the loneliness of the strikers and provoking discussion on the uniqueness of rebellious attitudes, protest against totalitarianisms, courage and determination, which always appear only among a very small part of society.

Within the exhibition, for the first time there will be shown documents - classified up to now and available only since the end of August this year - of the Navy, performing fake shipments on the port during the strike.

The exhibition boards will also present photos and documents from private collections of people involved in August '88 and the Inter-Enterprise Strike Committee. The Visitors will also learn about important figures involved in the strike and help for the strikers and their families, most of whom are forgotten today - the description of events will be enriched by the accounts of the witnesses of history.

The counterpoint to the strike materials will be those showing the daily life of the city, which was not really interested in the strike. A lot of space at the exhibition will also be taken by photos, documents and reports showing the actions of the authorities, who did everything to suppress the strike. The exhibition is a testimony to the activities of the system at the time of its decline, different attitudes of people, their expectations, hopes and victories. The materials used at the exhibition originate from the collection of The National Museum in Szczecin - The Dialogue Centre Upheavals, State Archives in Szczecin, Naval Archive in Gdynia, Military Archives in Nowy Dwór Mazowiecki, Military Historical Office, Szczecin Branch of The Institute of National Remembrance, The Pomeranian Library, 8. Coastal Defense Flotilla, Jan Tarnowski and Edward Radziewicz.

The exhibition is financed by The Western and Northern Territories Network within its educational program. The activities of The Western and Northern Territories Network are focused around three main projects: a research program, a scholarship of academic residences and a travelling exhibition. The Members: Institute for Western Affairs, National Institute of Science - Silesian Institute in Opole, The National Museum in Szczecin - The Dialogue Centre Upheavals, "Remembrance and Future" Centre, Wojciech Kętrzyński Centre for Scientific Research in Olsztyn.

The exhibition will be available at Solidarności Square from August 17th to October 15th 2018.