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Integration of museums is topical

Polotsk National Historical and Cultural Museum-Reserve has won first prize (500,000 Russian Roubles) at the prestigious Intermuseum-2012 International Festival, held in Moscow, for its Preservation of 12-19th Century Murals at the Holy Transfiguration Church in Polotsk
By Tatiana Polokhova

Our State Museum of Belarusian Literature and the National Nesvizh Historical and Cultural Museum-Reserve were also awarded. Nine Belarusian museums took part in all, including the National Art Museum, the National History Museum, Gomel’s Rumyantsev-Paskevich Palace and Park Estate, Mir Castle Complex, the State Literary Museum of Yanka Kupala and the Lida History and Art Museum. Each had its own stand.

The Intermuseum forum allows the most significant issues of museum development to be discussed each year. The huge event was held in Moscow for the 14th time, attended by 216 museums from Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. The Grand Prix went to Yelabuga State Historical, Architectural and Art Museum-Reserve. Intermuseum-2012’s slogan — ‘A Cultural Space Is One of Trust’ — supported its theme of integration to help the tourism industry.

Belarus was taking part for the third year in a row. The Belarusian State Museum of Great Patriotic War History made its debut in 2010, while three others joined it last year. Of course, there were more participants this year. A year ago, our Great Patriotic War History Museum and the Vitebsk Regional Museum won first prize in several nominations at the event.
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