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Frontpage News 2016 Increasing access to culture

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The Museum on Wheels is a mobile educational exhibition presenting the history and culture of Polish Jews. The exhibition will travel around Poland from June 2014 until April 2016, and is part of the the Jewish Cultural Heritage project. Photographer: Alicja Szulc

Increasing access to culture

  • More than 3 million people have benefitted from the Jewish cultural heritage project at POLIN, the Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw. The project was developed in close cooperation between Polish and Norwegian cultural players.

    The goal of the project is to promote tolerance in today’s multicultural society. It is aimed at school children, teachers and educators. So far, 440 000 school children have taken part in educational activities in and outside the Museum or online. Forty-three towns have been visited by the touring exhibition (Museum on Wheels).

    Cooperation with Norway
    The Jewish cultural heritage project is run in cooperation with several Norwegian institutions: The Center for Studies of the Holocaust and Religious Minorities (HL Centre), European Wergeland Center, Falstad Center and the Jewish museums of Oslo and Trondheim.

    “Poland has a unique position in Europe in terms of Jewish history and it is an important task to carry out research on this topic and to communicate this part of history to a broad audience,” said Vibeke Moe, Project Coordinator and Researcher at the HL Centre.

    Outstanding educational and outreach programme
    POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews received the prestigious European Museum of the Year Award (EMYA) 2016. In its decision, the jury highlighted, among other things, the Museum’s outstanding educational and outreach programmes that has received support from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.

    In the beginning of May 2016, POLIN was awarded yet another prestigious award - the European Museum Academy Prize - by a group of outstanding European museum professionals. The award ceremony will take place during the Annual General Meeting of the Europeana Network Association in Riga on 8 November.

    Read more about the awards.

    Read more about the project

    Cultural heritage programme in Poland
    This is one of 24 projects funded through the €70 million cultural heritage programme supporting the restoration and conservation of Poland’s diverse cultural heritage and increasing access to culture.

    Results from selected programme

    21 Cultural heritage buildings restored

    19 Projects documenting cultural history making heritage via digital technology

    50% Projects with a donor partner

    Read more about the EEA and Norway Grants to Poland

  • Country:

    Poland


    Project title:

    Jewish Cultural Heritage

    Project number:

    PL08-0021

    Priority sector:

    Protecting Cultural Heritage

    Grant:

    € 2567556

    Status:

    In Progress

    Project promoter:

    Museum of the History of Polish Jews

    Type of Institution:

    Regional or local authority

    Project duration:

    43 months

    Project cost:

    € 3,000,000

    Grant from:

    EEA Grants

    The broad spectrum of educational activities proposed under the project is a response to the urgent need for saving The Jewish cultural heritage in Poland heritage from oblivion. The project responds to the social demand to recover knowledge about Polish Jews and their culture, and for to transfer it to the younger generation. The project aims to foster a society that is open and tolerant, and combats against intolerance, anti-Semitism, exclusion, and entrenching of negative stereotyping. The main beneficiaries of the project are school-age children and young people; young adults, including those from disadvantaged backgrounds and persons with disabilities. Educational activities focused on Jewish cultural heritage and the contemporary Jewish world strengthen people’s knowledge and also help shape civic attitudes on values as tolerance, civil rights and freedoms, respect for those who are different and dialogue between cultures. Cooperation with the donor partner contributes to stronger between Poles and Norwegians and between Jews living in Poland and Norway.