Museums /Inta Local History Museum
The Museum opened in 1969. Its founder and first director was the local historian Liubov Nikitina Malofeevskaia. At first the Museum was a branch of the Komi Republic Local History Museum. Since 1992 it has been an independent organization. Today, in 2010, the exhibition complex has an area of 780sqm (7 halls and a recreational area). In 2001 the Historical-Memorial complex of the Abez settlement became a department of the Inta Local History Museum. The collection of materials on the history of the Gulag was begun in 1989 in close cooperation of the Inta “Memorial” society. The collection currently numbers more than 7000 items. The Museums holds the personal archives of the philosopher Lev Platonovich Karsavin and the art historian N.N. Punin, who perished while imprisoned in the MinLag, as well as of other well-known individuals. The theme of the Gulag has been represented in the permanent exhibition since 1989. It includes information on dekulakisation in the region, the beginning of the industrial exploitation of Inta’s coal – the first expeditions and camp units of the IntaLag, the fate of the imprisoned geologists V.N. Nashivochnikov, M.S. Volkov, A.A. Nevskii and others. A separate hall dedicated to “The Theatre of the Gulag” features posters and repertoires of the Inta theatre, the biographies of camp scriptwriters (V.S. Frid, Iu. T. Dunskii and A. Ia. Kapler) and paintings by imprisoned artists. The exhibition also contains a material section on “Special Settlers’ Housing”. Every year thematic exhibitions are prepared for the 30th October (Day of the Political Prisoner): “Tvorchestvo khudozhnika N. Millera” [“The Art of the Painter N. Miller”] (2000); Iskusstvo za koliuchei provolokoi” [“Art behind Barbed Wire”] (2002); a photography exhibition of works by V.V. Doroškiavičius on Lithanuanian prisoners of the Gulag (2003); a personal exhibition of the repressed painter V.V. Karklinysh (2004); the exhibition “Zvezdy vo mrake Gulaga” ["Stars in the Darkness of the Gulag”] (in honour of the 50th anniversary of the memorial to repressed Latvians in the Eastern cemetery; 2006). On 1 July 2010 a new exhibition, “Inta – v kinematografe strany, kinematograf strany – v Inte” [“Inta in the Cinema of the Country, the Cinema of the Country in Inta”], opened its doors; one of its sections is dedicated to repressed directors and scriptwriters. In July 2010 there are several travelling exhibitions on the Gulag on show: “Iz Moskvy v Moskvu cherez Parizh i Vorkutu” [“From Moscow to Moscow via Paris and Vorkuta”]; “Chem slaven gorod” [“What the City is Famous for”] et al. In 2000 the Museum, in cooperation with the Inta “Memorial” society, began to conduct annual expeditions with the aim of finding mass-burial sites. More than 10 camp cemeteries have been discovered and described, and memorial signs have been put up. Every year around the 30th October the Museum organises and hosts a meeting and remembrance ceremonies along the monuments and memorial signs in the Inta Region. (Information from 2010). 
 
 
 
 
NameInta Local History Museum
 
LocationKomi Republic//
 
Address169840, Respublika Komi, g.Inta, ul.Kuratova, d.28
 
Status of museumMuseums//
 
SpecialisationMuseums//
 
Official contact detailsDirector – Evgeniia Ivanovna Kulygina
Tel. (+7-82145) 65004, Tel./fax (+7-82145) 62195
e-mail: intamuseum@yandex.ru
 
Description of museumThe Museum opened in 1969. Its founder and first director was the local historian Liubov Nikitina Malofeevskaia. At first the Museum was a branch of the Komi Republic Local History Museum. Since 1992 it has been an independent organization. Today, in 2010, the exhibition complex has an area of 780sqm (7 halls and a recreational area). The exhibition contains information about the special features of the region’s nature and climate, about when and how it was settled, about the culture and main occupation of the local population from ancient times to the present day, about the social and political transformations in the area and its tragic history during the period of political repression. The Museum has a branch, the Historical and Ethnographic Museum in the village of Petrun’.
In 2001 the Historical-Memorial complex of the Abez settlement became a department of the Inta Local History Museum.The theme of the Gulag has been represented in the permanent exhibition since 1989. It includes information on dekulakisation in the region, the beginning of the industrial exploitation of Inta’s coal – the first expeditions and camp units of the IntaLag, the fate of the imprisoned geologists V.N. Nashivochnikov, M.S. Volkov, A.A. Nevskii and others. A separate hall dedicated to “The Theatre of the Gulag” features posters and repertoires of the Inta theatre, the biographies of camp scriptwriters (V.S. Frid, Iu. T. Dunskii and A. Ia. Kapler) and paintings by imprisoned artists. The exhibition also contains a material section on “Special Settlers’ Housing”, showing the dug-out in which the town’s builders lived. Every year thematic exhibitions are prepared for the 30th October (Day of the Political Prisoner): “Tvorchestvo khudozhnika N. Millera” [“The Art of the Painter N. Miller”] (2000); Iskusstvo za koliuchei provolokoi” [“Art behind Barbed Wire”] (2002); a photography exhibition of works by V.V. Doroškiavičius on Lithanuanian prisoners of the Gulag (2003); a personal exhibition of the repressed painter V.V. Karklinysh (2004); the exhibition “Zvezdy vo mrake Gulaga” ["Stars in the Darkness of the Gulag”] (in honour of the 50th anniversary of the memorial to repressed Latvians, “Dzimtenei”, in the Eastern cemetery; 2006). The exhibitions feature items from the Museum’s own collections, but also items on temporary loan from private collections. Several exhibitions were dedicated to the War, e.g. “O voine napisano ne vse” [“About the War Not Everything Has Been Written Down”] et al. The travelling exhibition “Sorokovye rokovye…” [“The Fateful Forties”…] is dedicated to the military history of Inta and the Inta region (war industry, the beginning of the construction of Inta, mining. Since the mid-1990s, the exhibition is constantly on display in schools throughout Inta and the region, as well as in village clubs. On 1 July 2010 a new exhibition, “Inta – v kinematografe strany, kinematograf strany – v Inte” [“Inta in the Cinema of the Country, the Cinema of the Country in Inta”], opened its doors; one of its sections is dedicated to repressed directors and scriptwriters, including A.Ia Kapler. An exhibition mostly on repressed priests and theologians entitled “Istoriia pravoslaviia na Intiiskoi zemle” [“The History of Orthodoxy in the Inta Region”] is currently under preparation. Today (July 2010) there are several travelling exhibitions on the Gulag on show: “Iz Moskvy v Moskvu cherez Parizh i Vorkutu” [“From Moscow to Moscow via Paris and Vorkuta”]; “Chem slaven gorod” [“What the City is Famous for”], “Istoricheskii simvol goroda” [“The Historical Symbol of the Town”] (dedicated to the Inta water tower).The collection of materials on the history of the Gulag was begun in 1989, in close cooperation with the Inta “Memorial” society. The collection currently numbers more than 7000 items kept in general storage. The main sources of materials on the Gulag theme are memoirs and documents, collected from town and region residents and expeditions on the republic’s programme “Pokaianie” [“Repentance”]. V.V. Lozhkin, the chairman of the Abez “Memorial” society, donated a large collection of archival documents and items in 2004. Among the biographical collections about people who perished while imprisoned in the MinLag (Abez) is the personal archive of the philosopher Lev Platonovich Karsavin, containing documents, photographs, published works, manuscripts and personal items. A branch of the Museum, to be called “The Museum of the History of Political Repression”, is in the planning stages. It is to be located in the water-tower building, which is a significant memorial to history and culture of the republic. This building, which was built in 1954 according to the plan of the imprisoned architect Artus-Gustav Tamvelius, has become a symbol of the town. In 2000 the Museum, in cooperation with the Inta “Memorial” society, began to conduct annual expeditions with the aim of finding mass-burial sites. The route of the searches is along the Verkhniaia Inta, Kochmes, Kazhim and Usa rivers. More than 10 camp cemeteries have been discovered and described, and memorial signs have been put up. L.N. Malofeevskaia’s book “Gorod na bol’shoi Inte” [“The Town on Bolshaia Inta”] was written with the participation of the Museum.Every year around the 30th October the Museum organises and hosts a meeting and remembrance ceremonies along the along the “Ring of memory”, with visits to the monuments and memorial signs in the Inta Region. (Information from 2010).
 
Opening timesFixed opening times.
 
How did the "Gulag" subject appear in the collection After 1989
 
Years during which the museum worked on the subject From 1989 until the present day.
 
Beginning (year)1989
 
Current state of collectionThe exhibition is open to visitors.
 
PersonsDoroshkiavičius V.V., personal exhibition
 
PersonsDunskii Iulii Teodorovich
 
PersonsFrid Valerii Semenovich
 
PersonsKapler Aleksei (Lazar') Iakovlevich
 
PersonsKarklin'sh V.V., personal exhibition
 
PersonsKarsavin Lev Platonovich, collection
 
PersonsKulygina Evgeniia Ivanovna, director
 
PersonsLozhkin Viktor Vasil'evich
 
PersonsMalofeevskaia Liubov' Nikitichna, founder and first director
 
PersonsMiller Nikolai Andreevich (Abramovich)
 
PersonsNashivochnikov (Nashivochkin) Vasilii Nikolaevich, imprisoned geologist
 
PersonsNevskii A.A., imprisoned geologist
 
PersonsTamvelius Artur-Gustav
 
PersonsVolkov M.S., imprisoned geologist
 
Web page?Yes
 
 
Museums /Inta Local History Museum