The issue contains proceeding of the International Conference “Heritage Interpretation: the Power of Storytelling in Museums” which was held on the 27th – 29th of June 2019 in Saint Petersburg by ICOM Austria, ICOM Russia, ICОМ Czech Republic, ICOM Slovakia, and ICOM Switzerland in cooperation with the State Hermitage Museum, Gatchina Palace and Estate Museum, and the Museum Complex “The State Museum St Isaac’s Cathedral”
The conference was organized with the support of the International Council of Museums (ICOM) and St. Petersburg Committee for Culture.
The conference became the international communication platform, where the representatives of the museum community from Russia and Central and Eastern Europe have exchanged the experience of working with the issue of interpretation and discussed social mission of the museum, it`s role in the development of social interaction and dialog of different social groups at a local and international levels.
Moreover, you will find below the presentations and videos from the conference.
PLENARY SESSION: The Role of Storytelling in Building Dialogue between Museums and Audiences
- Dmitry Bak, Director of the Vladimir Dahl Russian State Literary Museum. Introductory words of the Plenary session’s moderator
- Roman Romanov, Director of the GULAG History State Museum, Russia. The Creation of the Memorial Museum Infrastructure in Russia
THEMATIC SESSION 1: Revealing Hidden Histories of Various Social Groups and Neglected Heritage
- Claudia Haas, Consultant for Museums and Cultural Institutions at the haas: consult, and Elisabeth Menasse-Wiesbauer, Director of ZOOM Children’s Museum Vienna, Austria Children’s Museums are Pioneers in Storytelling
- Sergey Kamensky, Director of the Museum of the History of Yekaterinburg, Russia Documentary Theater Projects as Methods of Working with the Heritage of Yekaterinburg
- Sylvia Mader, Director of the Serfaus Parish Museum, Austria. The Coffin of Serfaus: A Museum Object that Cannot Rid Itself of Its History
Natalia Kopelyanskaya, International Project Coordinator, State memorial historical-art and natural museum-reserve of V.D. Polenov (Polenov State Arts Museum), Russia. Project “37/101”: Providing Access to the Museum Archives and Family Legacy of the Polenovo Museum-reserve
THEMATIC SESSION 2: Interpreting Dissonant Heritage: Museums as Mediators in the Public Space
- Dr. Pia Schölnberger, Researcher at the Department for Cultural Heritage and Art Restitution, Federal Chancellery, Federal Office for Monuments, Austria. The Austrian Art Restitution Law and the Commission for Provenance Research. How to tell about Nazi-lootings: a Case Study on 20 years
- Svyatoslav Perekhozhev, Director of the Tomsk Regional Museum, Russia. “Free and Forced Siberians”: Local History or Image of the Future for the Regional Museum
- Dr. Zuzana Šidlíková, Curator of the Slovak Design Museum, Slovakia. Storytelling of Fashion from the Socialism
- Marina Sokolovskaya, Head of the Exposition and Exhibition Department, Boris Yeltsin Presidential Museum at Yeltsin Center, Russia. Boris Yeltsin Museum: Nineties as a Legacy and as the Present
THEMATIC SESSION 3: Relevant Storytelling about the Contemporary Heritage
- Sibylle Lichtensteiger, Director of the Stapferhaus in Lenzburg, Switzerland. The Stapferhaus and the “FAKE” Exhibition: A Cultural Institution is Changing into an “Office for the Whole Truth”
- Otto Hochreiter, Director of the GrazMuseum, Austria. Showing Rather Than Telling. The Fiction of Narrative
- Zuzana Koblišková, Documentator of the Digital Archives of the Slovak National Gallery, Slovakia. 1989–2019: The Velvet Revolution & #AllForJan
Zoya Necheporenko, Head of Public Relations of the Gatchina Palace and Estate Museum, Russia. The Gatchina Palace and Estate Museum: In Search of a Dialogue