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Official opening of the Shipwreck Conservation Centre in Tczew

On the 13th of June the new facility of the National Maritime Museum in Gdańsk, the Shipwreck Conservation Centre with the Research Depot in Tczew, was officially inaugurated. The ceremony was the culmination of a two-and-a-half-year project costing over 22 million Polish zlotys. Funds for the investment in 85% came from the Norwegian Financial Mechanism,
Published: June 15, 2016 - 17:40
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 13:34
Official opening of the Shipwreck Conservation Centre in Tczew

On the 13th of June the new facility of the National Maritime Museum in Gdańsk, the Shipwreck Conservation Centre with the Research Depot in Tczew, was officially inaugurated. The ceremony was the culmination of a two-and-a-half-year project costing over 22 million Polish zlotys. Funds for the investment in 85% came from the Norwegian Financial Mechanism, and in 15% from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. The first guests will visit our new facility in Tczew on 2 July.

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The opening ceremony of the Tczew branch was attended by over 150 guests, including the Royal Norwegian Ambassador to Poland, Karsten Klepsvik. The Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, Jarosław Sellin, was represented by Karolina Tylus-Sowa, Deputy Director of the Department of European Funds at the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. Also present at the ceremony were the Pomeranian Voivode, Dariusz Drelich, and the Mayor of Tczew, Mirosław Pobłocki.

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The official inauguration of the Shipwreck Conservation Centre was attended by representatives of associations, universities and institutions cooperating with the National Maritime Museum in Gdańsk, including guests from Norway: Hakon Halgrimsen, representative of the Norwegian Directorate for Cultural Heritage, Espen Wæhle, Monika Hovdan and Pål Thome from the Norwegian Maritime Museum in Oslo, Harald Hamre from the Stavanger Museum and Inger Marie Egenberg from the Stavanger Museum of Archaeology. His Excellency, Rev. Prof. Dr. Marcin Hintz, representing the Evangelical-Augsburg Church, and Rev. Inflate Stanisław Grunt, blessed and consecrated the building of the new branch of the National Maritime Museum in Gdańsk.

Both Poland and Norway have an extremely long maritime tradition. The Shipwreck Conservation Centre is a great opportunity to nurture these traditions and present both the history of nautology, as well as the contemporary achievements of the maritime industry. – The Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway, Karsten Klepsvik, pointed out during the opening, emphasising the modernity and excellent equipment of the Tczew branch.

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The Shipwreck Conservation Centre offers very good working conditions for the conservation team of the National Maritime Museum in Gdańsk. – A system of bathtubs for preserving underwater research wood, an X-ray laboratory, a scanner for 3D modelling, a spectrophotometer, an overhead crane, and mobile platforms: this is world-class equipment,” says Irena Rodzik, head of the NMM’s Museum Collections Conservation Department.

An innovative solution used in the new department is the combination of spaces dedicated to the conservation of monuments with a study warehouse, i.e. a collection storehouse that is accessible to visitors. – Equally important is the principle of openness to the visitor, around which the building has been designed. Visitors will not only view the unique collections. They will also be able to participate in the life of the institution, observing the conservation processes carried out,” stresses Szymon Kulas, the deputy director of the National Museum of Art and the project manager of the Shipwreck Conservation Centre construction.

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It is worth mentioning that the exhibits in the CKWS warehouse will be systematically supplemented. – We have prepared the first “set” of museum pieces – for example, the Senegalese dugout canoe, construction elements of the underwater wreck discovered and explored in the Gulf of Gdańsk by our archaeologists, called “Miedziowiec”, or examples of canoes from our collection. Often befriended institutions look for exhibits for their exhibitions, the Study Warehouse will enable employees of other institutions to get acquainted with our collections and choose the right exhibit – explains the director of the National Maritime Museum in Gdańsk, Jerzy Litwin, Ph.

The exhibition at the Polish Maritime Museum also includes three historic yachts that have been kept in storage at the National Maritime Museum for years – ‘Opty’, on which Leonid Teliga was the first Pole to circumnavigate the globe alone; ‘Dal’, which, under the command of Andrzej Bohomlec, made the pioneering voyage across the Atlantic under the Polish flag in the years 1933-1934; and ‘Kumka IV’, with a unique welded construction. – The “Dal” yacht underwent the greatest conservation efforts,” says Radosław Paternoga from the NMM’s Marine Education History Department. – In the case of “Kumka IV” and “Opty” it was not necessary to carry out such extensive work. We checked the condition of the hull plating, supplemented the missing elements and carried out their conservation.

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The new branch of the Polish Maritime Museum has prepared interactive educational stands. The Virtual Maritime Museum was also created – a set of applications for desktop computers and mobile devices, which will support educational activities conducted jointly with the Vistula River Museum – a branch of the NMN in Tczew.

The first guests will be able to visit the Tczew Shipwreck Conservation Centre and the Studio Warehouse on 2 July.


The project “Shipwreck Conservation Centre with a Studio Warehouse in Tczew” is implemented under the programme “Preservation and Revitalisation of Cultural Heritage” and has been supported by the Norwegian and EEA funds from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway as well as by national funds. The total cost of the project is PLN 22 million. The task is implemented in Polish-Norwegian partnership with the Norwegian Maritime Museum in Oslo and the Museum of Cultural History in Oslo.

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Source: nmm.pl

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