Who are we?
The history of the “Remembrance and Future” Centre is one of passion, engagement and determination. It starts in 2007 when the Centre came into existence as a state cultural institution as a result of a decision by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage, Kazimierz Michał Ujazdowski. From the beginning of 2009 the Centre functioned as a local government organisation under the auspices of the city of Wrocław. On 21 March 2016 an agreement concerning the joint running of the Wrocław “Remembrance and Future” Centre was signed for the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Culture, Prof. Piotr Gliński, and the President of Wrocław, Rafał Dutkiewicz. To preserve important moments from the historical experiences of past times, we listen to and record the stories of people who came to western Poland over 60 years ago and who ushered in the new identity of this region. These extraordinary and unusually valuable narratives form the basis for the attractive and historically truthful relation of our most recent history.
Such are the beginnings of the “Remembrance and Future” Centre – a place where information about the post-war history of Wrocław and Lower Silesia is documented and disseminated.
HOW DO WE DO WHAT WE DO?
Our projects do not have anything in common with a stuffy museum, where nothing can be touched. Our recipe for a meeting with history is very simple – we present history in a lively and fascinating manner aimed at generating an emotional response, while at the same time not ignoring the need to respect the values and ideas which have been held by the founders of the Centre since its inception.
Ours is a team of young dynamic people who continuously have new ideas. We want to infect others with a passion for the unique history of Lower Silesia. By undertaking a range of activities – non-standard exhibitions, engaging educational initiatives or interesting publications – we seek to reach out to the general public in an unconventional manner and ensure that events from the past cease to be gloomy and obscured by the fog of textbook boredom.
Why do we do what we do?
We are an important voice in matters concerning the history of our region. By disseminating this history, we wish to prompt local residents to reflect and give them the chance to get to know, understand and appreciate the last 6 decades. We simply cannot live without history!
Come and see for yourself that history told in this way can be infectious!
The “Remembrance and Future” Centre was established …
… in the belief that the historical and cultural values created by Poles in the Western Lands after the period of great suffering and destruction caused by the Second World War were of huge importance in the history of Poland, that they continued the best traditions of the Republic and that they had a significant impact on overcoming the division of Europe;
… in the faith that these values still carry weight and educational significance in an era of rapprochement between the peoples of Europe and the shaping of a just international order.
The “Remembrance and Future” Centre came into existence as a state cultural institution in March 2007 as a result of a decision by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage, Kazimierz Michał Ujazdowski. From 2009 to 2016 the Centre functioned as a local government institution within the city of Wrocław. On 21 March 2016, the Minister of Culture, Prof. Piotr Gliński, and the President of Wrocław, Rafał Dutkiewicz, signed an agreement concerning the joint running of the “Remembrance and Future” Centre.
Aims and Objectives of the Centre
1. Documentation and dissemination of the historical and cultural achievements attained in Wrocław and Lower Silesia since the Second World War
2. Documentation and dissemination of knowledge about the resistance of Polish society towards the communist dictatorship
3. Popularisation – among city residents, as well as across Poland and abroad – of knowledge about the post-war history of Wrocław as an important element of European heritage
4. Preparation of a permanent exhibition showing the place and significance of the most recent history of Wrocław within the context of the history of Poland and Europe
5. Conducting educational initiatives supporting the appreciation of historical truth as the basis for a just international order and peaceful relations between peoples.
The Centre fulfils its stated aims and objectives in particular through:
1. Initiating, leading and supporting research, educational, training, scholarship, cultural and developmental projects
2. Collection, editing and presentation of objects, documents, mementos and testimonies of historical, material, spiritual and cultural heritage
3. Stimulation of reflection and public debate
4. Activity linked to cooperation between European peoples based on historical truth and cultural proximity
5. Creating permanent and temporary exhibition programmes
6. Conducting promotional, social and informational campaigns
7. Development of analyses, reports and expert opinions, together with the dissemination of their findings
8. Conducting publishing activity
9. Establishing partnerships with community organisations and other institutions with the aim of conducting joint projects
10. Running the Zajezdnia History Centre in Wrocław
11. Securing financial resources from public and private funds and European sources to support statutory activity.
Organisation and Management
The Centre is managed by its Director and its advisory and consultative body is the Programme Council.
The members of the Programme Council are:
• Ákosz Engelmayer – first Hungarian ambassador to Poland post 1989
• Stanisław Gebhardt – Chairman, Ignacy Paderewski Foundation for the Reconstruction of Democracy
• dr Adolf Juzwenko – Director, Ossoliński National Archive, Wrocław
• Prof. Padraic Kenney – Director, Polish Studies Center, University of Indiana Bloomington, USA
• Prof. dr hab. Grzegorz Strauchold – historian, Institute of History, University of Wrocław
• Prof. dr hab. Włodzimierz Suleja – Director (2000–2013), Institute of National Remembrance, Wrocław Branch
• Prof. dr hab. Jakub Tyszkiewicz – historian, Institute of History, University of Wrocław
• Krzysztof Turkowski – one of the founders of the Student Committee of Solidarity in Wrocław
• dr Paweł Ukielski – Deputy Director Collections at the Warsaw Uprising Museum
• dr hab. Joanna Wojdon – professor at the Institute of History, University of Wrocław
• dr hab. Klaus Ziemer – political scientist and professor at Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw
Chair of the Programme Council is dr hab. Kazimierz Michał Ujazdowski, who is a professor at the University of Łódź.
The Director of the “Remembrance and Future” Centre is Marek Mutor.
The internal organisation of the Centre is determined by regulations issued by the Director which are subject to appropriate legal requirements.