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Agreement on the establishment of the Alliance of Early Universal Museums was signed

 

Today, October 13, in the online format simultaneously in three European cities - in St. Petersburg, in Haarlem (the Netherlands) and in Halle (Germany), an Agreement was signed on the creation of the Alliance of Early Universal Museums. The founders of the Alliance are three museums: the Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Kunstkamera) that initiated the creation of the Alliance, Franckeschen Stiftungen and Teylers Museum. These museums are among the oldest in Europe and one of the few that have retained the historical universal character of their collections.

The Kunstkamera in Saint-Petersburg, famous Wunderkammer in Halle (which is part of Franckeschen Stiftungen), Teylers Museum in Haarlem, Netherlands, have long-standing scientific contacts. The creation of the Alliance will strengthen these ties, unite institutions and specialists at a new level, allow for joint scientific research, exchange of museum practices and organize joint exhibition projects.

The Agreement on the creation of the Alliance was signed by Andrei V. Golovnev, Director of the Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Kunstkamera), Marjan Scharloo, Director of Teylers Museum, and Thomas Müller-Bahlke, Director of the Francke Foundations.

In St. Petersburg, the signing ceremony began immediately after the midday cannon shot from the Peter and Paul Fortress. The document establishing the Alliance of Early Universal Museums was signed at the historic conference table in the hall of the Lomonosov Museum in the Kunstkamera tower, which remains one of the main symbols of Russian science.