POLAND-RUSSIA Cross-border Cooperation Programme 2014–2020
Project "Museums over the borders” promotes the historical and cultural heritage of warmińsko-mazurskie voivodeship and the Kaliningrad Oblast. The project implemented within the Lithuania-Poland-Russia Programme 2007-2013 was based on cooperation between the Museum of Archaeology and History in Elblag and Museum ‘The Friedland Gate’ in Kaliningrad.
The first stage of the project was completed in 2014. It included, among others establishing contacts between institutions, modernisation of the buildings of both museums, creating new exhibitions and making a holographic film. In this stage, an exhibition dedicated to the town of Elblag from the interwar period was also created, thanks to which visitors can watch a film about pre-war residents of this town.
Currently, the Museum in Elbląg starts the second stage of the project. The existing partnership was extended by one partner – Centre of European Meetings Światowid in Elbląg. As part of the project, investment activities are planned, including construction and adaptation works in the Friedland Gate Museum in Kaliningrad, creation of a multimedia center for guests of the Center of European Meetings Światowid, creation of friendly open spaces in both museums and production of holographic film, which will be presented in both museums. The project also involves the expansion of existing and construction of new exhibitions, digitization and making available museum facilities, as well as organisation a number of promotional activities. A significant activity in the project is conducting interviews with post-war residents of Elblag and Kaliningrad. The recordings containing their memories will be available at permanent exhibitions of both museums. The scenery of exhibitions will refer to the factual data of life in both towns in pioneering times, covering the first decade after 1945.
The main and long-term goal of the project is to preserve and develop the historical and cultural heritage of the border region, including museum facilities, which will contribute to increasing the tourist attractiveness of the region and the institutions involved in the project. The obtained co-financing allows increasing the availability of the museum’s offer for the disabled, the elderly and families with children. Moreover, it will attract a new group of visitors, which will contribute to the popularization of the institution's offer.
To reach the goals, partners are planning to organise three conferences and a number of working meetings that will take place in each of the locations. The project will be completed in 2021. The co-financing of the project is 90% of the eligible costs and it would be covered from the Poland-Russia Cross-Border Cooperation Programme 2014-2020.