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EUROPEAN NEIGHBOURHOOD AND PARTNERSHIP INSTRUMENT
2007-2013 CROSS BORDER COOPERATION PROGRAMME

LATVIA-LITHUANIA-BELARUS

The Virtual Past is a Keystone for the Future of Museums

Short title: The Virtual Museum


WINNER OF THE "BEST INNOVATIVE APPROACH" NOMINATION OF THE PROGRAMME

PRIORITY 1: PROMOTING SUSTAINABLE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT
Measure 1.4: Preservation and promotion of cultural and historical heritage, promotion of cross border tourism

Beneficiary: Rēzekne Higher School (Rēzekne, Latvia)
Partners: Grodno State Historic and Archeological Museum (Grodno, Belarus), Museum of Kedainiai Region (Kedainiai, Lithuania), Rezekne City Council (Rezekne, Latvia)

PROBLEM: The Museum of Cultural History of Latgale, Kedainiai Regional Museum, M. Bogdanovich Grodno museum have accumulated a rich local cultural and historical heritage of the region. However, it is necessary to attribute a cross-border significance and availability to this heritage since these regions are united by a common history (the period of the Great Duchy of Lithuania in the 12th–15th centuries, Rzeczpospolita in the 16th–18th c., Vitebsk Guberniya in the 16th–20th c.) and similar manifestations of traditional culture. Nowadays when the newest technologies make their appearance both in everyday life and in the environment of museums, education and research, new possibilities open up for new interactive offers for using of the accumulated heritage relating to the history of civilization and for popularizing it for various target audiences, in particular, for the younger generation. The creation of the virtual museum would allow:  1) to attract the younger generation for acquiring the heritage relating to the history of civilization by arousing interest in a museum as a modern and diverse institution, developing strong features of the regional identity; 2) to update operatively and to change virtually the available information in the permanent exhibitions, 3) to make available the common heritage relating to the history of Grodno, Rēzekne, Kedainiai by applying an innovative point of view: showing a concept (a cultural object).

 

OBJECTIVES: to provide availability to the values of the material and nonmaterial cultural heritage for wide circles of the public, developing the virtual museum and extending exchange of the museum and cross-border experience in the sphere of cultural education. To set up the virtual museum attracting a greater number of the visitors of the museum and changing the notion on the typical visitor of the museum, showing cultural and historical links among 3 of the neighbouring countries and regions - Grodno, Rēzekne, Kedainiai. 

RESULTS&OUTPUTS: Partners developed the virtual museum attracting a greater number of visitors and changing the notion on the typical visitor of the museum, as well showing cultural and historical links among 3 of the neighbouring countries. Several expositions were reconstructed and exhibition premises of Rezekne, Kedainiai and Grodno museums were renovated.

An innovative website www.futureofmuseums.eu started operating. Also, 4 computer games available on this website were created in order to increase the interest of young people in the collections of the museums.

Educational seminars and scientific conference were organised. Students and researchers were provided with the possibility to use databases of Latvian, Lithuanian and Belarusian museums.

Project number: LLB-2-269
Grant Contract number: 1VL-818
Total budget: 374 832,33 €
EU contribution: 337 349,09 €
Implementation period: 24 months (December 2012-November 2014)
Contact: Ilga Šuplinska, Rezekne Higher Education Institution, tel. +371 646 23709+371 646 23709, fax. +371 646 25901, e-mail ilga.suplinska@ru.lv

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