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Representatives of the High Command of the Russian Navy will take part in the work of the VII Collegium of Naval Museums, which will be held in St. Petersburg at the Central Naval Museum named after Emperor Peter the Great on February 11-13.

“The main command of the Navy regularly takes part in the most important forums organized by the Central Naval Museum, our main chronicler and keeper of naval historical artifacts. The naval traditions have under them a solid foundation of the 325-year history of the creation, construction, and development of our Navy. We are certainly directly interested in the development of maritime museums, whose delegations will gather tomorrow at the site of the Central Naval Museum. The process of active development of the Russian ocean-going navy implies our responsibility to the naval history, which is full of great naval victories and unique scientific achievements. Knowing your past allows you to look confidently into the future, ”said the Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy, Admiral Nikolai Evmenov, on the eve of the VII Collegium of Naval Museums.

The representative forum will become a platform for discussing professional issues and exchanging experience of specialists in the field of studying, preserving and popularizing the historical and cultural heritage of the Russian Navy.

The Collegium will begin work at 10:00 on February 11 in the building of the Central Naval Museum named after Emperor Peter the Great at Labor Square, 5. The Collegium is organized by the Department of Culture of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, the Central Naval Museum and the Association of Naval Museums, which includes about 100 members.

The opening ceremony of the event will be attended by the heads of state and military administration bodies, the Main Command of the Navy, the administration of St. Petersburg, the museum and scientific community of the city, serving officers and veterans of the fleet.

Within the framework of the forum, which brings together specialists from both the museums of the fleets and flotillas of the Navy, as well as departmental and school amateur museums, the Central Naval Museum named after Emperor Peter the Great will present the exhibition “CVMM – new acquisitions and restoration”, showing the most significant rarities that have replenished the museum’s funds in last year, as well as the results of the work of restorers who returned many of the most valuable artifacts to museum circulation in 2020.

Before the start of the plenary session, participants will be able to view not only the aforementioned exhibition of new acquisitions and the results of restoration of museum items of the TsVMM in 2020, but also exhibitions of literature from the funds of the Central Naval Library and the Scientific Library of the TsVMM, as well as the traveling exhibition “Collegium of Naval Museums ”, Which tells the story of the origin of this organization.

At the plenary session on the first day of the Collegium, reports and messages will be heard on topical issues of museum affairs, both by the chief specialists of the TsVMM and its branches, and by the heads of the museums of the Northern, Baltic, Black Sea, Pacific Fleets, the Museum of Fortifications (Sevastopol) and the Caspian Museum. flotillas.

The first day of the Collegium will end with a general meeting of the Association of Naval Museums with the presentation of certificates to newly admitted members of the Association, awarding of certificates of honor and elections of the Council of the Association, the president and vice-presidents of the organization.

The leading event of the second day of the Collegium’s work on February 12, along with master classes from the main specialists of the Central Naval Museum named after Emperor Peter the Great, will be the grand opening at 16:30 of the temporary exhibition “Victory of Admiral Ushakov” in the museum’s exhibition complex.

The exhibition dedicated to Admiral Ushakov will feature items that have entered the museum’s collection in different years. Relics belonging to Admiral F.F. Ushakov, not much has survived, but visitors will be presented with a genuine shoulder strap from his uniform.

A special place is given to the display of a complete series of drawings by the witness to the victorious battles of the admiral – Athanasius Depaldo. The graphic sheets were made by the midshipman of the Black Sea Fleet at the end of the 18th century. Watercolors complement the views of Naples and Rome by Italian masters and paintings by contemporary artists. Visitors to the exhibition will also be able to see models of ships, samples of clothing and weapons from the late 18th – early 19th centuries. After a lengthy restoration, the exhibition presents a painting by the artist A. Volpe “View of Amalfi near Naples” (1870) and M. Kremer’s diorama “Capture of Corfu” (1948).

The collegium of naval museums will complete their work on February 13 with educational and methodological classes in the museums of St. Petersburg.

The purpose of the Collegium is to exchange the experience of specialists in the field of studying, preserving and popularizing the historical and cultural heritage of the Russian Navy, scientific and methodological studies, expanding cooperation between museums, presenting scientific and practical results of museum work, discussing topical problems in the field of preserving and promoting military -marine historical heritage, as well as ways to solve them.

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