Project name: "The Depot History Centre in Wrocław"

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Information about the EOG funds

The Depot at Grabiszyńska street in Wrocław is a special place. This exceptional building from the end of the 19th century witnessed the city’s difficult history. In August 1980, a strike to support the workers of the Coast was initiated in the depot. This is how „Solidarity” was born – a peaceful movement of millions that led to overthrow of the communist dictatorship in Poland. If it is at all possible to „tell a city”, describe its history and culture, there is no better location. The heart of the Depot is the main exhibition „Wrocław 1945-2016,” concerning the post-war history of Wrocław, Lower Silesia and other regions incorporated into Poland as a result of the Second World War.

The exhibition, which has stage set quality, was created from the souvenirs, documents and photographs donated by the citizens of Wrocław. The exhibition has the organisation of a city – there are roads, a railway station, a butcher shop, a library, a newsstand and a maze. This enables the visitors to travel back in time and live the adventure.

The depot is also a space of intercultural dialogue and contemplation on the future of Europe.

The project „Depot History Centre in Wrocław” was funded from Norwegian funds and EEA funds (EEA FM 2009-2014 and NFM 2009-2014) from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, and from funds of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and the programme „Conservation and revitalization of cultural heritage.” The subsidies amounted to PLN 15 019 203, which made up 51.06% of the entire cost of the project.

The project included construction and renovation works, purchase of equipment and furnishings e.g. for the purpose of digitalisation of archives.

The project involved revitalisation and adaptation of the historic complex of industrial depot buildings at Grabiszyńska Street 184 in Wrocław for cultural purposes to create the Depot History Centre – a place of permanent and temporary exhibitions devoted to the post-war history of Wrocław and Lower Silesia.

The investment also enabled development of the Documentation Centre of the „Pamięć i Przyszłość” (Remembrance and Future) Centre, which works to expand the digital archives by means of ongoing programmes for digitalisation of resources such as photographs or items related to the post-war history.

The project provided better access to culture and cultural heritage for a broader group of recipients.

The Depot History Centre spreads over 1980 square metres of exhibition space on two levels. The underground area covers 566 m2, and the ground-floor area covers 1414 m2, of which 399 m2 is intended for temporary exhibitions and conferences. The premises of the depot cover 2.3 hectares, which enables organising concerts and open-air exhibitions, and lends space to the local community.

The project contributed to reducing economic and social difference within the European Economic Area.

The Depot History Centre was opened on 16th September 2016 as part of the Wrocław European Capital of Culture programme.

Partners

The project „Depot History Centre in Wrocław” was carried out in collaboration with three partners, including a Polish partner – the Wrocław Remembrance and Future Centre and Norwegian partners – The Regional State Archives in Trondheim and Opplandsarkivet Avdeling Maihaugen in Lillehamer.

Remembrance and Future Centre

www.pamieciprzyszlosc.pl

The Remembrance and Future Centre was founded as a state cultural institution in March 2007 by Kazimierz Michał Ujazdowski, the Minister of Culture and National Heritage.

As part of the project, the tasks of the Centre include:

  • providing a substantive input, developing the plan and design for the first exhibition,
  • cooperation with the Beneficiary as regards coordination of communication between the Parties,
  • development of the list and technical specification of the equipment, performance of public contracts and purchase of equipment for digitalisation of the archives by the Documentation Centre as well as coordination and supervision over digitalisation of the archives,
  • implementation of cultural program during and following the completion of the investment,
  • providing substantive input aimed at Project promotion,
  • to cooperate closely with the Beneficiary as regards preparation of periodical and final reports regarding Project implementation, in particular to provide description of activities performed in the period covered by the periodic report and provide all the necessary documents related to the activities undertaken by the Beneficiary at dates and in forms allowing timely submittal of the report by the Beneficiary, as well as all information required by the Operator.

Opplandsarkivet Avdeling Maihaugen in Lillehammer

www.maihaugen.no

Opplandsarkivet Avdeling Maihaugen in Lillehammer is focused on gathering, protecting, propagating and conducing research in archives of county organisations and municipalities of Lillehammer, Gausdal, Oyer, Chettinad, Sør-Fron and Nord-Fron.

As part of the project, the tasks of Opplandsarkivet include:

  • cooperation with the Centre in terms of developing the plan and thematic scope of the first temporary exhibition concerning Norwegian support for “Solidarity” in the 80’s, and, following implementation of the investment, gathering recollections of Norwegians who were involved in the events, publishing and preparing the related own documents, photographs and showpieces,
  • participation in the seminar promoting the Depot History Centre in Wrocław in Poland (2nd conference – promotional seminar),
  • during Project exploitation, co-organisation of the open-air exhibition promoting the Depot History Centre in Wrocław in Poland and in Norway, whose components will be used as showpieces in the Depot’s exhibition space.

The Regional State Archives in Trondheim

www.arkivverket.no

Regional branch of State Archives in Norway

As part of the project, the tasks of Regional State Archives of Trondheim include:

  • cooperation with the Centre in terms of developing the plan and thematic scope of the first temporary exhibition concerning Norwegian support for “Solidarity” in the 80’s, and, following implementation of the investment, gathering recollections of Norwegians who were involved in the events, publishing and preparing the related own documents, photographs and showpieces,
  • participation in the seminar promoting the Depot History Centre in Wrocław in Poland (2nd conference – promotional seminar),
  • during Project exploitation, co-organisation of the open-air exhibition promoting the Depot History Centre in Wrocław in Poland and in Norway, whose components will be used as showpieces in the Depot’s exhibition space.