Museums /Museum of Military and Labour Glory of the Municipal Educational Institution “General Secondary School No. 34”
The Museum was created in 1976 as a Museum of Military and Labour Glory. The school history club “Khronos” works in the Museum; its members create the exhibitions and displays. The Museum occupies two halls, the total area comprising approximately 50 square meters. The Museum’s collection on the history of the Gulag was begun in 1989 on the initiative of M.A. Glukhikh. The Museum received materials from the school’s archives that date back to the 1930s, including the textbook “Kontrol’nye voprosy i otvety izuchaiushchim kratkuiu biografiiu tov. Stalina” [“Test questions and answers for those studying the brief biography of comrade Stalin”], a school New Year newspaper from 1937 et al. In 1992 a section entitled “Rehabilitation” was added to the main display. It features lists of repressed inhabitants of Taiga and its environs; files with biographical details (photographs, documents, letters) are displayed in open cases. An installation composed of personal items and everyday items of special settlers is displayed against a background of self-made maps of the Siberian camps. The exhibition also features agitation materials, the regional gazette “Stalinskii put’” [“Stalin’s Path”] for 1937, Soviet everyday items and the installation “Stol partiinogo nachal’nika” [“The Party boss’s desk”]. On the initiative of the members of the “Khronos” club, a monument to the victims of repression was unveiled in 1992. Every year in summer pupils undertake expeditions to the former sites of the SibLag under the leadership of M.A. Glukhikh (the first trips took place in 1992 and 1994). Since 2005 the Museum has been hosting the annual research and practical skills conference “Chelovek v totalitarnom rezhime” [“Man in a Totalitarian Regime”] (with the exception of 2008). In 2006 the school was closed for major refurbishments. As a result, the Museum was closed until January 2010. (Information from March 2010). 
 
 
 
 
NameMuseum of Military and Labour Glory of the Municipal Educational Institution “General Secondary School No. 34”
 
LocationKemerovo oblast'/Taiga town
 
Address642400 Kemerovo oblast’, Taiga, ul. Kalinina, 106 642400 Kemerovo oblast’, Taiga, ul. Kalinina, 106
 
Status of museumMuseums//
 
SpecialisationMuseums//
 
Official contact details642400 Kemerovo oblast', Taiga, ul. Kalinina 106
Tel. (+7-38448) 21939
Director: Marina Arkad’evna Glukhikh
 
Description of museumThe Museum was created in 1976 as a Museum of Military and Labour Glory. The school history club “Khronos” works in the Museum; its members create the exhibitions and displays. The Museum occupies two halls, the total area comprising approximately 50 square meters. The permanent exhibition comprises five sections: “Babushkin sunduk” [“Grandmother’s trunk”], “Istoriia moego goroda” [“The history of my town”], “Moia shkola” [“My school”], “Reabilitatsiia” [“Rehabilitation”], “‘My ispolnili svoi dolg’ (Afganistan, Chechnia)” [“‘We have done our duty’ (Afghanistan, Chechnya)”]. The section “Rehabilitation” (added in 1992) is dedicated to the history of the Gulag and repression in Taiga.It features lists of repressed inhabitants of Taiga and its environs; files with biographical details (photographs, documents, letters) are displayed in open cases. An installation composed of personal items and everyday items of special settlers (a suitcase, a basket, embroidery, books, newspapers etc) is displayed against a background of self-made maps of the Siberian camps.The permanent exhibition also features unique exhibits from the school’s archives: “Kontrol’nye voprosy i otvety izuchaiushchim kratkuiu biografiiu tov. Stalina” [“Test questions and answers for those studying the brief biography of comrade Stalin”]; a school New Year newspaper from 1937, etc. Another focus of the exhibition are illustrations of the epoch; on display are agitation materials, the regional gazette “Stalinskii put’” [“Stalin’s Path”] for 1937, Soviet everyday items and the installation “Stol partiinogo nachal’nika” [“The Party boss’s desk”]. The Museum’s collection on the history of the Gulag was begun in 1989 on the initiative of M.A. Glukhikh. The Museum received materials from the school’s archives (school wall newspapers, photographs, visual agitation material from the 1930s etc). Members of the history club “Khronos” record oral history and collect exhibits from local residents (personal items, photographs and documents). There are currently between fifty and sixty such items and more than thirty sets of biographical materials among the personal files, for example the archive of the former secretary of the Party Organisation of Tomsk Railroad, Petr Elizarov, and twenty four recordings of audio and video interviews with former prisoners and special settlers. There are also photographic and video recordings of the Club’s expeditions and educational activities. On the initiative of the members of the “Khronos” club, a monument to the victims of repression was unveiled in 1992. Every year on 30 October, the Day of the Political Prisoner, the Museum hosts a ceremony at the monument. Moreover, the Museum organises evenings of encounter and remembrance with former prisoners and concerts and presentations of the pupils’ literary compositions (e.g. a requiem-concert on the occasion of the 30 October). Since 2005 the Museum has been hosting the annual research and practical skills conference “Chelovek v totalitarnom rezhime” [“Man in a Totalitarian Regime”] (with the exception of 2008). In 1992 and 1994 pupils undertook expeditions to former sites of the SibLag located within the outskirts of Taiga under the leadership of M.A. Glukhikh; in the last years these expeditions took place every summer. The Museum offers information services to researchers (from Kemerovo and Tomsk Universities) and deals with inquiries from the Town Administration for the Social Welfare of the Population. In 2005 the “Khronos” Club took part in the V. Gartung Children’s Charity Fund history competition and was awarded a commendatory prize. In 2006 the school was closed for major refurbishments. As a result, the Museum was closed until January 2010. During this time new items were added to the collection, including an original letter by a prisoner of the SibLag.
 
Opening timesOpen, no booking required.
 
How did the "Gulag" subject appear in the collection The Museum’s collection on the history of the Gulag was begun in 1989 on the initiative of M.A. Glukhikh, the director of the Museum.
In 1992 a section entitled “Rehabilitation” was added to the main display, which is dedicated to the history of the Gulag and repression in Taiga.
 
Related activities on the subjectOn the initiative of the members of the “Khronos” club, a monument to the victims of repression was unveiled in 1992. Every year on 30 October, the Day of the Political Prisoner, the Museum hosts a ceremony at the monument. Moreover, the Museum organises evenings of encounter and remembrance with former prisoners and concerts and presentations of the pupils’ literary compositions (e.g. a requiem-concert on the occasion of the 30 October). In 1992 and 1994 pupils undertook expeditions to former sites of the SibLag located within the outskirts of Taiga under the leadership of M.A. Glukhikh; in the last years these expeditions took place every summer. Since 2005 the Museum has been hosting the annual research and practical skills conference “Chelovek v totalitarnom rezhime” [“Man in a Totalitarian Regime”] (with the exception of 2008). The Museum offers information services to researchers (from Kemerovo and Tomsk Universities) and deals with inquiries from the Town Administration for the Social Welfare of the Population.
 
Years during which the museum worked on the subject The Museum’s collection on the history of the Gulag was begun in 1989; new materials are added regularly.
 
Beginning (year)1989
 
Acquisition and description of subject-related collections The Museum’s collection on the history of the Gulag was begun in 1989 on the initiative of M.A. Glukhikh, the director of the Museum. The Museum received materials from the school’s archives dating back to the 1930s. Members of the history club “Khronos” record oral history and collect exhibits from local residents.
 
Current state of collectionExhibition open to visitors.
 
PersonsElizarov Petr
 
PersonsGlukhikh Marina Arkad’evna, Director
 
Web page?Yes
 
 
Museums /Museum of Military and Labour Glory of the Municipal Educational Institution “General Secondary School No. 34”