"Little Big Histories" – under this title, the Polish History Museum begins a general social action to collect historical artifacts and memorabilia. The collection will be inaugurated on the Night of Museums on 14 May in several cities in Poland. The collection process will continue in coming months and will be concluded on Independence Day on 11 November.
The aim of the collection process is to receive museum-quality materials for the collection of the Polish History Museum. The organizers anticipate a variety of objects of historical value including those related to personal lives of donors. Special meaning, they emphasize, are placed on objects related to the Polish road to independence, from 1918 as well as 1989. The museum also values objects of daily life, photographs, postcards, documents, letters, various memorabilia and family artifacts, and press, as well as elements of attire, uniforms and military materials and equipment, historical devices and artisinal and artistic works that serve as evidence of the history of Polish culture and social and economic developments.
The artifacts will form part of the collection in progress of the Polish History Museum. Selected items from the donated artifacts will be exhibited in the permanent exhibition of the museum; other donations will be properly conserved for future research and temporary exhibitions.
During the collection process, donators will receive commemorative certificates. The "Little Big Histories" collection will conclude with a special Donors' Day on 11 November, Poland's Independence Day, during which an exhibition made up of donated artifacts will be on display.
The collection "Little Big Histories" will be inaugurated in Kraków (13 to 14 May, at the International Culture Center), in Warsaw (14 to 15 May, the Kordegarda Gallery), in Wrocław (14 to 15 May, the Pan Tadeusz Museum), in Katowice (14 to 15 May, the Silesian Museum), in Łódź (14 to 15 May, Museum of the City of Lodz), in Gdańsk (21 to 22 May, the National Maritime Museum) and in Poznań (21 to 22 May, the Raczyński Library).