Baja town has a diverse population of 36 224. István Türr Museum plays an important role in this community. The project preserves and revitalizes the first level of the building at Deák Ferenc Street No. 1. The building is under the protection of National Historic Monuments and it houses the historical, archaeological, ethnographic and art material of the cultural heritage of the region. The building is also the harmonious element of the town’s main square; its conservation contributes to maintaining the architectural integrity of the historic city centre. The main purpose of the project is to ensure the preservation and sustainable use of the Museum's built cultural heritage whilst promoting social inclusion via enhancing access to cultural and community services and to open larger part of the cultural heritage kept in the museum to the public. The main target group of the project is young people with age from 3 to 23 as Baja town has many kindergartens, elementary and secondary schools and teacher training school who all expressed their intention to cooperate after the implementation of the project.
Summary of project results
During the implementation of the project, István Türr Museum of Baja town renovated and reconstructed the first level of its building at Deák Ferenc street no. 1 under the protection of National Historic Monuments, located in the very centre of the multi-national and multi-cultural settlement. The main purpose of the project was to ensure the preservation and sustainable usage of this built cultural heritage, also to promote social inclusion via enhancing access to new cultural and community services and to the cultural heritage kept in the museum functioning also as a regional cultural institute for minorities. The results involved the increasing of the exhibition area from 30% to 60%. During the implementation, the storage rooms were converted into museum workshops and spectacular open exhibition places on local history, arts, ethnography and textiles. Three information points with access to digitalized heritage were installed and almost 700 new artifacts could thus be exhibited. The total surface of the project area was 600 sqms. The project promoter cooperating with several local minority partners (Roma, Croatian, German and Serbian) has worked out 11 different museum programmes, teaching materials and launched regular events for the target group aged 3-23 years. The project entitled “Treasury of cultural heritage" can now exhibit close to 60% of the 79-year-old public collection kept in the museum instead of the previous 20%. The cultural heritage of Treasury Bácska can finally reach public interest for all interested visitors.
Summary of bilateral results