Bible, gown, harmonium... The memory of protestantism at museums in Masuria

Magdalena Sacha


This article considers the contemporary museum landscape in the territory of historical Masuria. Assuming – first of all – that the historical pillars of Masurian identity before the Second World War were the Polish language and the Protestant faith, and – secondly – that museums are institutions whose purpose is to archive, select and present artefacts as well as construct narratives about the cultural memory of a group, the author considers the question of the presence of Protestant themes in the exhibitions of selected present-day Masurian museums. An exhibition is understood here as a message addressed to receivers, and therefore the author uses the method of semiotic analysis of the visual stratum of selected exhibitions. The choice of the exhibitions discussed in the article is limited to museums located at operating Protestant churches (the Museum of the Reformation in Mikołajki) and in former sacral buildings abandoned by Protestants after 1945 as well as a recon-struction of a parsonage (exhibitions on the site of the Folk Architecture Museum and Ethnographic Park in Olsztynek).
Publication typeArticle in the supplement
Author Magdalena Sacha (FL / ICS)
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- Institute of Culture Studies
Journal seriesPrzegląd Zachodni, ISSN 0033-2437, (B 12 pkt)
Issue year2018
Publication size in sheets1.5
Referenced article (e.g. original article) Sacha Magdalena: Biblia, toga, fisharmonia... Pamięć o ewangelikach na wystawach muzealnych Mazur, in: Przegląd Zachodni, vol. 73, no. 3, 2017, pp. 95-120
Keywords in EnglishMasuria, museology, Masurian Protestants, historical memory
Languageen angielski
Score (nominal)12
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ScoreMinisterial score = 12.0, 28-01-2020, ArticleFromJournal
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