BRIEF VISIT TO UKRAINE (UPDATED)

15.12.09




As has already been reported, a conference marking the 110th anniversary of the National Museum of the History of Ukraine (NMHU) took place in Kyiv last week (9-11 December).  Academics and representatives of main museums in Ukraine attended the event which received a written letter of support from the President of Ukraine, Viktor Yushchenko. Among the distinguished guests at the opening session was Ukraine’s Minister for Culture, Mykola Yakovyna. 

The AUGB has in the past few years worked very closely with the NMHU, particularly with regard to the holding of exhibitions on the anniversaries of IV Universal, Holodomor, the Chornobyl catastrophe and (this year) Stepan Bandera. The Association was invited to attend and was formally represented at the event by its CEO, Fedir Kurlak, who addressed the opening session.  (Click here for the text of the speech.)  The Curator of the Shevchenko Library and Archive (SLA) in London, Dr Ludmila Pekarska, presented a paper during the conference's plenary session on “Petro Kurinnyy – return from the forgotten” which included information on original archival documents of Petro Kurinnyy held in the collection of the SLA.

Whilst in Kyiv, a number of separate meetings were also held with the view to strengthening links between the Association/Britain/Ukraine.  Amongst others they included discussions with the British Ambassador to Ukraine, Leigh Turner, the Director of the Ukrainian House (Ukrayinsky Dim) art gallery, Natalia Zabolotna, the National Museum’s Director, Deputy Director and other key personnel at the NMHU, the President of Ukrainian International Relations, Vitaliy Omelchenko, the Director of the Reiss-Engelhorn Museum, Dr Michael Tellebach...

We look forward to developing these links further.



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