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Projects and conferences

Conferences

International workshop
“Opportunities in digital exploration of medieval shipwrecks”
22-23 April 2020

15th Conference of the Estonian Maritime Museum
Community Involvement in Theme Museums
2−3 September 2015

14th Conference of the Estonian Maritime Museum
100 Years of Suur Tõll – A Museum Ship or a Ship Museum?
28 March 2014

Projects

Antarctica 200
On 28 January 2020, 200 years passed since the Saaremaa-born Baltic-German Russian admiral Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen discovered the continent of Antarctica. To celebrate this, MTÜ Thetis Ekspeditsioonid, SA Eesti Meremuuseum and OÜ Admiral Bellingshausen organised a popular science expedition from Kronstadt to the Antarctic. http://postimees.ee/antarktika; https://www.facebook.com/antarctica200 

Collection campaign People’s Stories
The Estonian Maritime Museum is participating in a joint collection and research project of Estonian museums titled Estonia 1987–2000: Breaking Point or Leaping Off. Within the project, museums together with other memory institutions and involved scientists focus on studying the recent past. The objective of the project is to study processes in a transitional society, primarily based on the everyday experiences of individuals, as the previous studies have mainly focused on reflecting political, economic, and societal changes. See more from the project’s website: http://rahvalood.ee/

Mapping of private maritime collections, 2015
The collections of the Estonian Maritime Museum are among the largest Estonian depositories of objects valuable for maritime cultural history. In addition to the material in the Maritime Museum’s collections, private maritime collections exist in Estonia and it is important to map them for the purpose of evaluating the maritime heritage. This project was carried out by the Ministry of Culture, the Estonian Maritime Museum, MTÜ Hiiumaa Meremuuseum, Käsmu Maritime Museum and Mrs. Dora-Alviine Kesper.

Historical and new Western Estonian ports, 2013−2015
In 2013−2015, information was collected about changes that had occurred in Estonia’s ports and moorings between 1980 and 2013. The Estonian Maritime Museum’s partners in this project were SA Hiiumaa Muuseumid, Saaremaa Museum, Pärnu Museum and SA Haapsalu ja Läänemaa muuseumid. The project was supported by the Ministry of Culture.

ARROWS, 2012−2015
ARROWS (ARchaeological RObot systems for the World’s Seas) was a project aimed at developing autonomous underwater robots for archaeological purposes. The project was carried out by ten organisations from Italy, Turkey, the United Kingdom and Spain. The Estonian units involved in the project were the Centre for Biorobotics of Tallinn University of Technology and the Estonian Maritime Museum. The Centre for Biorobotics built a robot that can explore the insides of sunken ships; the Maritime Museum’s task was to test the robots in the Baltic Sea. Further information on the project is available at http://www.arrowsproject.eu

Shipwrecks: Digitalisation and open access to sources of maritime history. SHIPWHER, 2010−2013
The project was aimed at providing the larger public with opportunities to learn more about the underwater cultural heritage and archival heritage concerning the Baltic Sea. The project was carried out by the Estonian National Heritage Board (leading partner), the Estonian National Archives, the Estonian Maritime Museum and the Swedish Maritime Museum. Further information at http://www.muinas.ee/shipwher-1

Cooperation with MTÜ Entsüklopeedia for creating a web-based maritime dictionary, 2011−2012
The Mereleksikon (maritime dictionary) is a web-based encylopaedic body of reference, focused on Estonia. It is based on the printed Mereleksikon, which was published in 1996. The Estonian Maritime Museum contributed to the dictionary by providing photographic material from its collections. The Mereleksikon is available in Estonian at http://entsyklopeedia.ee/kategooria/mereleksikon