The grand opening of the Shipwreck Conservation Centre in Tczew!
On July 2nd – Saturday – we invite you all to the opening of the Shipwreck Conservation Centre in Tczew. On that day the admission to the newest branch of the National Maritime Museum will be free of charge and the museum staff will show the visitors around the building.
Built in 2016, the Shipwreck Conservation Centre is one of the few places in the country where you can observe the museum conservators at work, explore the history of Polish sailing and learn how boats and ships were once constructed. – We are glad that after more than two years we can finally invite to our new facility the most important guests, the visitors – said Szymon Kulas, Deputy Director of the National Maritime Museum in Gdańsk. – Visitors opinion is extremely important to us so we are waiting for their impressions from July 2nd.
Conservation on an international level
The site of the new branch only three years ago housed the museum conservation workshop. The conservators of the contemporary National Maritime Museum worked in the difficult conditions inside the buildings and temporary warehouses of the former near-factory workshops. Today, museum professionals have modern and well-equipped workplaces at their disposal. Blacksmith-locksmith and boat building-carpentry workshops allow the proper reconstruction and mobile platforms as well as gantry enable the easier transportation of the larger relics – We have one of the best equipment in the community – says Irena Rodzik, Head of Conservation Department – X-ray laboratory, 3D modelling scanner, archaeological wood and metal preservation technology, a specialized bath system for conservation processes: a top-notch facilities.
Open access to the warehouses
The board fragment, 16-meter keel, anchor and part of the cargo from the fifteenth-century wreck known as “the Copper Ship” are one of the most important exhibits found in the warehouse studio. The Shipwreck Conservation Centre collections include the construction elements of wreckages, medieval dugouts, boats, also more exotic ones as well as kayaks. On the sliding shelves are displayed the relics from the NMM underwater excavations. The historic yachts tell the story of Polish sailing. On the “Opty” Leonid Teliga by himself circled the earth as the first Pole. “Dal”, under the command of Andrew Bohomolec, was the first Polish ship to sail across the Atlantic in the 30’s and the “Kumka IV” has a unique, welded construction.
Educationally about wrecks
Shipwreck Conservation Centre is also an educational institution – We offer a wide range of events, lessons and workshops with use of interactive educational stations. We are certain that the station with the manually controlled underwater robot will be particularly popular – says Przemysław Węgrzyn, Deputy Head of the NMM Education Department. – The idea of an open museum is very dear to us, which is why we want a close cooperation between educators and teachers, who we will invite to the recurring meetings and workshops – adds Przemysław Węgrzyn.
Expanding the reality
One of the attractions of the Shipwreck Conservation Centre, also dedicated to the educational purposes, is the augmented reality (AR) – technology used by cultural institutions all around the world. Using the mobile app “Yachts and wrecks” – a virtual guide around the Centre – you can see the multimedia presentations on historic yachts and Baltic wrecks. Educational games allow you to roleplay the character of a captain on a big passenger ship, a raftsman floating grain or a boat builder constructing the medieval sailing ship.
Shipwreck Conservation Centre in Tczew will be open from Monday to Sunday from 10.00 – 16.00.
The tickets will cost 4 zł (reduced-fare) and 6 zł (normal).
Project “Shipwreck Conservation Centre with Studio Warehouse in Tczew – construction of new cultural infrastructure of the National Maritime Museum in Gdańsk” is being conducted as a part of the Conservation and Revitalization of National Heritage Programme and has been co-financed by the Norway Grants and EEA Grants from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, as well as by Polish national funds. The total cost of the project is 22 million Polish zloty. The project is conducted due to the Polish-Norwegian cooperation with the Norwegian Maritime Museum in Oslo and the Museum of Cultural History in Oslo.