Opened First Crimean branch of Virtual Museum "Larichesse"

The women of the village Qaralez. Férogio, 1840. (The photo from the collection of the virtual museum "Larichesse")
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On December, 26th, in the village of Aybar (Voykovo), area of Dzhurchi (Pervomayskiy), took place opening of the first Crimean branch of a virtual museum "Larichesse" (France).

The Voykovsky museum "Aybar" settled down in the building of the former rural office. Among its exhibits are reproductions of pictures and lithographs with images of life of the Crimeans in the XVIII – XIX centuries.

"Aybar" became the first rural museum opened within the limits of the project "History started to talk". Realization of initiated by "Larichesse" project began with creation of rural museums which as it is planned, in their turn will create galleries in nearby villages. It is supposed that the galleries and museums will carry names of villages which they had before renaming in 1945.

The student of the faculty of the Crimean-Tatar and Turkish philology of Crimean engineering-pedagogical university Said Baltabaev became the initiator of opening of a branch of the virtual museum in Aybar.


In the museum opening day, the exhibition "Crossing of various cultures in the Crimean village in the end of the XVIII - the middle XIX centuries" was presented to the visitors, who had an opportunity to get familiar with reproductions of pictures and lithographs of the European and Russian artists – H.Geyssler, G.Pauli, O.Raffe, K.Bossoli, E.Korneeva, who in various times traveled across Crimea and displayed their impressions in invaluable for the modern Crimeans artworks. Originals of all presented works are stored in the funds of "Larichesse". The pictures give chance to get imagination about life of inhabitants of Crimea two centuries ago, and also to see representatives of the numerous ethnoses occupying the peninsula at that time, – the Crimean Tatars, the Greeks, the Russians, the Ukrainians, the Germans, the Chuvashs, the Estonians, – in their national suits.

Museum work

The purpose of the museum "Aybar" is revival of the cultural life of village, inculcation of interest and love to culture and history of Crimea at rural youth, and also contribution to creation of conditions for comprehensive investigation of the history of villages of Pervomayskiy district and steppe Crimea. On the basis of the museum is planned carrying out of open lessons, seminars, conferences and other actions, devoted to history, culture, literature and art of Crimea as a whole.

Employees of the museum will be trained in the Museum of history and culture of the Crimean Tatars of the Bakhchsarai historical and cultural reserve (BHCR). In the future is supposed studying in France.

The museum will be definitively registered after the end of consultations of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Culture of the French Republic and full legalization of the Museum "Larichesse" in Ukraine.

Financing of "Aybar" opening was carried out partially by the museum "Larichesse", partially by the Crimean Tatars living in France and Crimea. In particular, the premise for the Aybar museum was redeemed by local businessman Riza Seydaliev. He gave the museum in free usage of halls for expositions by the area of 45 sq.m. Besides it, premises for storage of exhibits and archive were provided, too.

Modern technologies

Having arisen in the beginning of the XXI century, the museum "Larichesse" actively uses the most modern communication media. In particular, more than 1000 exhibits on history of Crimea were bought by the museum in 35 countries of the world by means of the Internet. Besides, by means of the Internet, all contacts between France and Crimea under the program of opening of rural museums are carried out, too. Also during museum opening through the Internet, by means of Skype program, visitors could hear and see the project head, the director of the museum "Larichesse", Guliver Altyn.

The invitation of visitors by means of SMS became an interesting innovation in the museum practice: on the occasion of opening of the museum 110 SMS were sent to inhabitants of Aybar village. It is also planned the use of this form of notification and communication in the further.

Inquiry. The virtual museum "Larichesse" (French for "wealth") was created in 2004 by Guliver Altyn– the Crimean Tatar, who left to France from Crimea in 2001. The private collection of materials on the history of Crimea became the museum basis, bought by G.Altyn in 30 countries of Europe, Asia and Americas at the Internet auctions. For five years of its existence, the museum collected almost 1000 exhibits (books of 1552-1935 years, engravings, lithographs with views of Crimea and its inhabitants of 1535-1944, maps of 1550-1940 years, subjects of life of the Crimean Tatars of XVII - the beginning of XX centuries).

Since 2005 the collection has its own site - The collection "Larichesse" consists of the library "Larichesse" and various galleries.

In April 2009 at the museum was created the research laboratory (the head is Nariman Abdulvaap). The laboratory collects and studies works of literature, science and art of Crimea and the Crimean Tatars of the period of the XIII-XIX centuries, forms scientific library.

On May, 1st, 2009, the collection "Larichesse" started repayment of the copies of works of the Crimean scientists and the poets stored in archives of Turkey. In parallel, there is conducted the work with catalogues, including electronic, the Crimean funds and archives of Europe, Russia, Turkey and the USA. The unique information about the location of hundreds of manuscripts of the Crimean scientists, poets, historians of the XIII-XIX centuries, and also a large quantity of documents of the period of the Crimean Khanate is collected. Shortly, within the limits of the laboratory is planned the edition of the handbook – "encyclopedia of names" of poets, writers, scientific, seminary students and public figures of Crimea of the XIII-XIX centuries.

By and QHA

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