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The temporary exhibition “Victory of Admiral Ushakov” has been opened at the Central Naval Museum named after Emperor Peter the Great as part of the VII Collegium of Naval Museums operating here.

The exhibition from the funds of the Central Naval Museum named after Emperor Peter the Great, created under the supervision of the senior researcher of the Museum Maria Oleinik with the participation of the project and the shipyard “Standart” and the baguette workshop “ART MASTER”, presents items and materials that have entered the collection of the Museum funds in various years. Visitors to the exhibition will be able to see models of ships, samples of uniforms and weapons of the late 18th – early 19th centuries. After a lengthy restoration, its exhibition includes the painting “View of Amalfi near Naples” (1870) and the diorama of M.V. Kremer “Taking Corfu” (1948).

The opening ceremony of the exhibition was preceded by a plenary session of the Collegium, at which topical issues of museum affairs were discussed. Yulia Filippova, Head of the Department of Cultural and Historical Heritage of the Committee for Culture of St. Petersburg, spoke about the experience of the museums of St. Petersburg in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. Director of the Russian Ethnographic Museum Yulia Kupina shared her vision of the laws for creating a permanent exhibition of the museum, and Natalya Metelitsa, director of the St. Petersburg State Museum of Theater and Music, shared her experience of organizing international exhibition cooperation in extreme conditions.

Elena Lezik, Director of the State Memorial Museum of the Defense and Siege of Leningrad, reported to the Collegium participants on the activities of St. Petersburg museums in the year of the 75th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War. Fedor Levin, Deputy Director of the Museum-Memorial Complex “The Road of Life” of the city of Vsevolozhsk, Leningrad Region, made a presentation on a similar topic, but in the refraction of modern technologies. The experience of using the grant of the President of the Russian Federation as a source of funding for projects was shared by Svetlana Pshenichnaya, head of the Universe of Water Museum and Exhibition Complex of the State Unitary Enterprise “Vodokanal of St. Petersburg”.

At the opening of the exhibition “Victory of Admiral Ushakov”, at the end of the second day of work of the VII Collegium of Naval Museums, Deputy Director of the Central Naval Museum named after Emperor Peter the Great Sergei Kurnosov noted the special specifics of the new exhibition:

– After the success of the exhibition “Once upon a time there was a brave captain,” prepared especially for children’s perception, the museum decided to continue creating exhibition projects, the main interests of which would be children. We want them to be carried away by the naval romance, which, as a maximum, can become for them in the future the basis for choosing a naval profession. Ushakov in our exposition is not a figure on an unattainable pedestal, but a living person, whose fate and deeds a young man can take as a role model, – said Sergey Kurnosov.

According to the idea of ​​the curator of the exhibition, senior researcher of the Museum Maria Oleinik, the exposition will be interesting for adult visitors, who will see in it what they have not seen before. First of all, this concerns the display of a complete series of drawings by a witness to the victorious battles of the admiral – Athanasius Depaldo. The graphic sheets were made by the midshipman of the Black Sea Fleet in the second half of the 18th century. Yes, these are the works of not a professional painter, but a simple sailor, but a sailor who witnessed the battle on the deck of the ship, knew and understood all the nuances of the flagship’s design.

The opening of the exhibition “Victory of Admiral Ushakov” was another result of the work of the curators of the museum’s funds, specialists from its scientific exposition and other departments, who today told the Collegium members about the specifics and peculiarities of their activities.

In the course of educational and methodological classes, devoted, among other things, to scientific stock and accounting and storage activities, the peculiarities of scientific and exposition work, as well as the peculiarities of exhibition activities and the work of the exhibition curator using the example of the digital computer. Evgenia Ovsyannikova, a researcher at the TsVMM, also presented a master class with elements of an excursion based on the exhibition project “The Amazing World of Models”, of which she is the curator. It is characteristic that the exhibitions “The Amazing World of Models” and, above all, the exhibition “Victory of Admiral Ushakov” are addressed to the younger generation.

The role of work with young people is especially noted in the Resolution of the VII Collegium of naval museums, in which it is noted, in particular, that it is necessary to continue tireless work to preserve and enhance the maritime historical and cultural heritage, to educate citizens of the Russian Federation, primarily children, youth, the spirit of patriotism and adherence to the best traditions of the Russian Navy. This is especially true now. The present generations must be replaced by worthy patriots and defenders of the Fatherland.

The final document also emphasized that the Collegium members consider it necessary to steadily develop in the future the Association of Naval Museums, making it an effective body coordinating and directing the work of the naval museum community of the Russian Federation.

This will become a good basis for the participation of all members of the Association of Naval Museums in events dedicated to the 800th anniversary of the birth of the Holy Blessed Prince Alexander Nevsky, the 325th anniversary of the founding of the Russian fleet, the 300th anniversary of the victory of Russia in the Northern War, events related to the exploits of the seamen of the Russian fleet to defend the Fatherland.

The collegiums of naval museums are completing their work today, February 13, with educational and methodological classes in the museums of St. Petersburg.

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