InterActive History, a joint Russian-Finnish project, started in October
2018 within the framework of the Karelia Cross-Border Cooperation
Programme. The project brings together six museums on both sides of the
border and is implemented in partnership with the Ministry of Culture of
the Republic of Karelia. The lead partner of the project is the Creative
Industries and Cultural Tourism Development Fund.
In the course of the project experts from the National Museum of the
Republic of Karelia, the Kurkijoki Local History Center, the Olonets
National Museum of Southern Karelians, the North Karelian Museum in
Joensuu, the Outokumpu Mining Museum and the Ilomantsi Museum foundation
will create and introduce new integrated museum services based on the study
and interpretation of cultural and historic heritage.
The project deals with monuments and sites that have been completely or
partially lost or have undergone significant changes, also in terms of
their original function. Among them are the former fortress of the
XVII-XVIII centuries in Olonets, the historic Utra area in Joensuu, the
architectural ensemble of the Round square of the XVIII-XIX centuries
(Lenin sq. nowadays) in Petrozavodsk, the former copper smelting plant of
the XIX-XX centuries in Outokumpu, the Middle Ages "hill-fort" in
Kurkijoki, as well as the rune-singing traditions of the historic Karelian
villages in the Ilomantsi area.
Apart from providing the selected monuments and sites with information
signs and creating new thematic hands-on and brain-on museum exhibitions,
special mobile applications integrating augmented reality, virtual
reconstruction and game-based methods will be developed for a more complete
presentation of heritage sites.
The project is aimed primarily at attracting attention and interest of
young people to local history and culture, as well as at involving the
local community in the preservation and promotion of heritage.
Karelia Cross-Border Cooperation Programme
is funded by the European Union, the Russian Federation and the
Republic of Finland.