Museums /Kem’ Municipal Local History Museum “Pomor’e”
The Kem’ Town Local History Museum “Pomor’e” (town of Kem’, Karelia Republic) exists since 1980 and received the status of a municipal museum in 1991. The permanent exhibition presents the various stages of the development of the coastal region (‘pomor’e’) of the Karelian Republic, as well as the culture and everyday life of the ‘pomor’ or ‘coast-dweller’. In the 1990s the theme of the Gulag was represented in the section “Istoriia Kemskogo uezda” [“The History of the Kem’ District”]: there was material on the camp zones (Rabocheostrovsk, Vegeraksha), the development of the town in the 1920s and 1930s through the USLON (Solovetskii Islands special camps), the camp industry. In May-June 2005 a travelling exhibition of the Solovetskii State Historical-Architectural and Nature Museum and Reserve, entitled “Delo No 747/1. Kremlevskii zagovor” [ “File No. 747/1. The Kremlin Plot”], was on display in the Museum. Additions to the collection are acquired casually. They mostly represent items given by the local population – objects, documents and photographs (mostly copies) and newspaper articles. In the Museum’s auxiliary collection there are approximately 20 exhibits on the Gulag theme, including issues of the magazine “Karelo-Murmanskii krai” [“The Karelia-Murmansk District”] from the 1920s and 30s. The collection is not singled out; for 2010 it is planned to catalogue all items relating to the Gulag. (Information from April 2010). 
 
 
 
 
NameKem’ Municipal Local History Museum “Pomor’e”
 
Location
 
Address186610, Respublika Kareliia, Kem’, ul. Vitsupa, 12
 
Status of museumMuseums//
 
SpecialisationMuseums//
 
Official contact detailsDirector: Galina Iosifovna Dmitrieva
Head Curator: Natal’ia Vladimrovna Kekkieva
Research associate: Gennadii Stepanovich Sonnikov
Tel. (+7-81458) 22571
e-mail: [email protected]
www.k2000.ru/museum_14
 
Description of museumThe Kem’ Town Local History Museum “Pomor’e” (town of Kem’, Karelia Republic) was created in 1980 as a public museum. At first it occupied three rooms in the town library. In 1985 the Museum moved to a new location, the building that formerly housed the treasury of the Solovetskii islands – the first stone building in the town of Kem’, dating from 1763. In 1991 the Museum became the Municipal Museum “Pomor’e”; the permanent exhibition has been showing the culture and everyday life of the ‘pomor’ or ‘coast-dweller’ since 2003. In the 1990s the theme of the Gulag was represented in the section “Istoriia Kemskogo uezda” [“The History of the Kem’ District”]: there was material on the camp zones (Rabocheostrovsk, Vegeraksha), the development of the town in the 1920s and 1930s through the USLON (Solovetskii Islands special camps), the camp industry. In May-June 2005 a travelling exhibition of the Solovetskii State Historical-Architectural and Nature Museum and Reserve, entitled “Delo No 747/1. Kremlevskii zagovor” [ “File No. 747/1. The Kremlin Plot”], was on display in the Museum. At present, the Gulag and the history of political terror are practically not represented in the permanent exhibition – there is not separate stand on the topic. Additions to the collection are acquired casually. They mostly represent individual items found by local inhabitants of Vegeraksha and Rabocheostrovsk and exhibits from personal collections such as documents, photographs and newspaper cuttings. In the Museum’s auxiliary collection there are approximately 20 exhibits on the Gulag theme, including issues of the magazine “Karelo-Murmanskii krai” [“The Karelia-Murmansk District”] from the 1920s and 30s. Of considerable interest is the collection of relevant publications in the local press, created by G.S. Sonnikov. The collection is not singled out; for 2010 it is planned to take stock of and catalogue all items relating to the Gulag.(Information from April 2010).
 
Opening timesFixed opening times.
 
How did the "Gulag" subject appear in the collection The collection on the Gulag was begun in 1989.
 
Related activities on the subjectNone.
 
Years during which the museum worked on the subject Work on the topic began in the mid-1980s. From the mid-2000s onwards no more systematic work on the topic has been undertaken. At present the museum is taking stock.
 
Beginning (year)1989
 
Until (year)2010
 
Acquisition and description of subject-related collections G.S. Sonnikov began collecting relevant findings of the residents of town and environs (Vegeraksha, Rabocheostrovsk) in the mid-1980s; in 1989 he began compiling a collection of thematic publications from the local press. At the moment practically no material is added to the collection. For 2010 there are plans to take stock of all exhibits in the research and auxiliary collection, which contains the main collection on the Gulag.
 
Current state of collectionThe exhibition is open to visitors. The majority of material relating to the Gulag (mostly newspaper cuttings) are part of the research and auxiliary collection.
 
PersonsDmitrieva Galina Iosifovna
 
PersonsSonnikov Gennadii Stepanovich, Research associate
 
PersonsUstin Irina Il'inichna, Former director
 
Web page?Yes
 
 
Museums /Kem’ Municipal Local History Museum “Pomor’e”