ANNUAL INTERNSHIP FOR DESIGNERS OF THE PROJECTS OF A CONTEST “A CHANGING MUSEUM IN A CHANGING WORLD”, TOOK PLACE IN GREAT BRITAIN
Another internship for designers of the projects, which had been brought to life as a result of a contest “A Changing Museum in a Changing World”, took place in Great Britain. Internships are organized by Vladimir Potanin Foundation and British Council and take place annually starting from 2006 in order to develop multicultural ties between Russia and Great Britain and to support creative research of Russian museum designers.
Yulia Terekhova (“House with lion” project, Museum of people's monumental painting, Popovka village in Khvalinsky region in Saratovskaya oblast), Dmitry Mukhin (“We gathered and decided” project, Vologda state historic, architectural and fine arts preserve museum, Architectural ethnographic museum of Vologodskaya oblast, Vologda), Yulia Veretnova (“The view of the fatherland, popular print” project, Vologda state historic, architectural and fine arts preserve museum, Vologda), Andrey Rimar (“World — text — museum” project, M. Gorky Samara literary-memorial museum, Samara), Yulia Vronskaya (“Ankovsky pie or secrets of country estate's cuisine” project, L.N. Tolstoy country-house museum “Yasnaya Polyana”, Yasnaya Polyana), Igor Sorokin (“Atlas of Rome” project, Saratov regional local history museum, Saratov) are among the participants this year.
During the internship Russian specialists got themselves familiar with practice of 13 British museums. Among them — Sutton House Estate in East London, one of the biggest national museums Tate Britain, Horniman Museum and Gardens, William Morris Museum, Wales National Museum in Cardiff, Pontypool Museum and many others.
Dmitry Mukhin: “In Russian museums it's very common to hear “This house was renovated in the same way as Pushkin (local merchant, political prisoner) had seen it”. British tradition is different, you can name it as an idea of equal status for epochs. Walking from one space to another is like traveling in time: a part of Georgian, Victorian, Elizabethan England and a squatters corner from the middle of XX century can be found in any historical building they were related to. It seems like XX century in the life of a memorial can be as interesting and important as XV, and squatters as much intriguing as people from Oliver Cromwell's circle. Familiarity with different traditions is always helpful, it helps you to step back from routine and look at yourself from the outside. Different tradition is a thing that helps you to see and analyze your own. It's a bad taste to say “better” or “worse”. Thus you can make your job more interesting and diverse”.
Apart from going to museums the internship included conversance with museum business in Great Britain. Russian museum workers had an opportunity to meet representatives of the biggest professional and charity structures: British Council, Arts Council, National Heritage Lottery Fund, Wales Museum Federation, National Trust and others.
Nadezhda Maksimova, Director for museum programs in Vladimir Potanin Foundation: “The internship was exceptionally beneficial, first of all, because of that the participants had an opportunity to get familiar with different aspects of how a big museum works inside the boundaries of arrangements for a big exhibition project — British Folk Art exhibition in Tate Britain. A big advantage of that kind of event is that people, who are involved in the internship, are not only museum workers, but also "outsiders", each with different view on how museums should operate. Asking questions about targeted subjects, they were understanding the point of view of their colleagues and also helped to other participants to take a look from different angle to some professional subjects”.