Deko-Bau sp.z o.o. became the contractor of the permanent exhibition at the Sybir Memorial Museum

We met the contractor of the permanent exhibition - the heart of the Sybir Memorial Museum.

Deko-Bau sp. z o.o. will deal with its implementation and delivery of equipment.

The information meeting preceding the signing of the contract was attended by: prof. dr hab. Wojciech Śleszyński - director of the Sybir Memorial Museum, Krzysztof Tadeusz Koptyński - President of the Management Board of Deko-Bau sp. z o.o., Rafał Rudnicki - Deputy President of the City of Bialystok and Tadeusz Chwiedź - President of the Union of Siberians branch in Bialystok.

 - The project we are implementing - the Sybir Memorial Museum - takes a specific shape. We started with construction works, thanks to which the object was extremely interesting, and now we go inside. I think that what will be there will inspire, interest, intrigue all those who will go visit the emerging institution. I would like this museum on the one hand to be proof that we remember about the stay of our compatriots on inhuman land, and on the other hand we are able to reach the Białystok residents, Poles, people from all over the world to show these stories - said Rafał Rudnicki.

A number of specialists, employees of the Sybir Memorial Museum, work on preparing the substantive layer of the permanent exhibition. Their task is to prepare content that will fill nearly 2,000 m² of exhibition presenting the history of the deportation of Poles to Siberia - starting from the seventeenth century, through the nineteenth-century post-uprising deportations to the period of the twentieth-century expansion of the Soviet system.

 - The last months of the Museum team's work are primarily the search and completion of materials that will be on permanent exhibition. It is also many hours of discussions on the final shape of the exhibition, which we entrust to Deko-Bau sp. z o.o. - emphasized prof. dr hab. Wojciech Śleszyński.

At the Museum's permanent exhibition, chronology will alternate with a thematic tale. The most exposed will be the history of 1939-1946. It was during this period that the repression associated with Siberia affected most Poles and had the most tragic effects.

 - We are proud that, finally, along with all the memory signs that have already been created - an institution such as the Sybir Memorial Museum is being created, which has a global rank. We feel satisfied that we are already halfway through and construction works are coming to an end. I would like this Museum not only to be a task to accomplish, but to start functioning as a source of providing information about the tragic events that we witnessed - said Tadeusz Chwiedź.

 The signing of the contract was accompanied by the presentation of the latest exhibits obtained by the Museum. 19th century obelisk made by deportees in Irkutsk, shawl made in exile by Jadwiga Hajdul, card with notes of Saint. Rafał Kalinowski and a cassette made by a prisoner of the Kharkiv camp - all these items will occupy an important place in the emerging Museum.




During the Wednesday meeting, plans for the arrangement of three floors of the building under construction were presented. The outline of what will be on individual floors was discussed.

 - The first part of the exhibition, which will be located on the ground floor, will show the tragedy of the deportation itself. To fully reflect the horror of the situation, we first intend to show what the deportees lost, and thus how they lived in the Second Polish Republic. Then we will present how the Soviet power came to the Polish Borderlands at the beginning of World War II,'' revealed Wojciech Śleszyński, director of the Sybir Memorial Museum.

The exhibition on the ground floor will close with an installation showing the most sacred souvenirs of the Siberians - items they took from their family homes during their arrest.

Entering the Museum floor, visitors will find out what Siberia was, where exiled Poles were sent. The story will be divided into four parts here. The first will tell about exiles to Siberia in the Tsarist era. In the following areas we will return to the history of World War II, presenting the fate of deported families in Siberia and Kazakhstan, as well as prisoners of the infamous GULAG.

The last, fourth part will present various ways of return from the Soviet Union: soldiers and civilians who left Siberia with the armies of Anders and Berling, repatriations, as well as post-war deportations. The focal point of the exhibition on the first floor will be the "People of Ice" artistic installation between the pavilions, whose author will be Martyna Pająk from Poznań. It was her design concept that won the competition organized by the Sybir Memorial Museum.

The victims of the Katyn massacre will be commemorated in the underground part of the Museum. It is associated with deportations, because the families of the victims themselves were the target of repression: they were arrested and deported to Kazakhstan in April 1940. The underground installation will have a symbolic character - its central part will be a silhouette of a Polish soldier made of military buttons, thrown to his knees just before being shot. The construction of the new building of the Sybir Memorial Museum is at the stage of closed raw. After the construction is completed, the main part of the permanent exhibition will begin, the cost of which is estimated at over 8 million PLN.

The project "Implementation of a permanent exhibition and purchase of equipment for the needs of the Sybir Memorial Museum" is implemented under the measure Protection of cultural heritage and development of cultural resources, the Operational Program Infrastructure and Environment 2014-2020, the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.

The planned total cost of the project is 10,947,753, 47 PLN, including the contribution of European Funds. which is 6 783 630, 07 PLN.

The Sybir Memorial Museum is currently the largest museum investment in Poland east of the Vistula. The building of the renovated military warehouse at Węglowa in Białystok together with the main exhibition part is to be commissioned at the end of 2021.

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