Russia day four – St. Petersburg

Yesterday was the first of our two day visit to St. Petersburg, a beautiful city with some fabulous museums and galleries.

We started off with a meeting with colleagues at the UK Trade and Industry offices at the British consulate. We got some real insights into the Russian museum sector and some of the new developments on the horizon in Russia, such as the very ambitious Tomsk science museum which is currently under development.

Our first museum visit was to the Anna Akhmatova Museum, the shared apartment where the poet lived in the 1920s and 1930s.

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We had a wonderful tour from their staff who powerfully tell the story of the struggle of the intelligencia after the Russia revolution. It was a real eyeopener and they are doing some amazing work with community engagement through things like film and theatre events.

After that we were off to the State Russian Museum, which houses the finest Russian art.

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We we had a quick tour and then a meeting with their deputy director who was able to tell us about some of their work with their visitors such as their ‘beauty before birth’ programme where they work with pregnant women.

Our final museum visit was to the State Museum of Political History. This is an incredible museum that has recently won the best museum in Russia award. It aims to tell the story of political change over the last 150 years or so and achieves this through focussing on choice. At every step of the way different sides of the story are presented and the directions Russia might have turned had things been different.

Interactive audio pen guides

Interactive audio pen guides

Lennin's desk

Lenin’s desk

Janneke selecting possible stock for the People's History Museum shop

Janneke selecting possible stock for the People’s History Museum shop

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