The project Interactive History is aimed at introducing new interactive forms of interaction with visitors into the activities of museums - participants of the project.
The project involved 3 museums in Finland - The North Karelian Museum, The Outokumpu Mining Museum, Ilomantsi Museum Foundation, and 3 Russian museums - The National Museum of the Republic of Karelia (Petrozavodsk), The Olonets National Museum, Kurkijoki Local History Center.
As a result of the implementation of the project Interactive History, each participating museum should receive a new integrated program for visitors, which will bring together events in and around the museum. The exposition of museums telling about the objects of cultural and historical heritage that are in the area of interest of each museum will be revised and improved or a new exposition will be created. Special digital products will be created, mobile applications using the technology of three-dimensional modeling, with the inclusion of elements of augmented reality.
The project is aimed at revealing the value potential of cultural heritage in each location and thus contribute to the positive image of the Karelia cross-border cultural region.
To create and introduce integrated museum services based on the study and interpretation of local heritage, interactivity and historic reconstruction principles to strengthen local identity and unique culture of the Euroregio Karelia region.
The expected change the project will make to the current situation
• The diversity of cultural services is increased with new forms of cross-border cultural activities.
• Skills and capacities of museum workers are improved through their participation in the development of new services.
• Residents and tourists are more satisfied with services offered by local museums. Museum attendance is increased. The quality of cultural environment is improved.
• Cross-border and intersectoral cooperation is reinforced through business and creative interactions between museums, creative industries, researchers and tourism industry.
• The quality of cultural services in the program area is improved.
1. Employees of participating museums and museums as institutions.
2. Museum visitors: teenagers and young people (13-30 years of age) who come to museums for learning experiences and entertainment.
3. Family visitors, companies of friends and weekend tourists out of local people who opt for short trips (1-3 days) for recreation, shopping or visiting interesting places and events in their own area, in the neighboring regions or abroad.
The selection of locations and participants for the project is based on the historical and cultural principle. The participating museums have experience of the Russian-Finnish cultural cooperation and are located on international tourist routes.
• The North Karelian Museum: Utra is a historic district in Joensuu which was formed around the site of the former sawmills and the glass factory of the 18th – early 20th centuries on the Pielisjoki river. Now it’s a city block with mostly private buildings and the park.
• The Outokumpu Mining Museum located downtown in the former copper smelting plant of the 19th – 20th centuries. It is currently the main attraction of the city.
• Ilomantsi Museum Foundation: historic Karelian villages of the 19th – 20th centuries and routes that connect them.
Republic of Karelia:
• Kurkijoki Local History Center: Lopotti, a Viking Age “fort hill” (linnavuori). This wooded hill is opposite the local history center. A new international Syväoro-Parikkala border crossing point is planned to be opened near Kurkijoki with further development of tourism in the area of the Hiitolanjoki river.
• The Olonets National Museum: site of the former fortress of the 17th – 18th centuries built at the time when the city of Olonets was an outpost on the Russian-Swedish border and the capital of the Olonets district. Nowadays it’s a city park. The museum building is situated there.
• The National Museum of the Republic of Karelia: The architectural ensemble of the Round Square of the 18th – 19th centuries (Lenin square) and the Governor’s park in the historical center of Petrozavodsk.
• Creative industries and cultural tourism development fund (Lead Partner, Petrozavodsk, Russia)
• Joensuu Museums (Joensuu, Finland)
• Outokumpu Mining Museum (Outokumpu, Finland)
• Ilomantsi Museum Foundation (Ilomantsi, Finland)
• Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Karelia (Petrozavodsk, Russia)
• National Museum of the Republic of Karelia (Petrozavodsk, Russia)