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The ‘live’ history lessons in Kaliningrad museums

On 19 th September 2014 and on the 17 October 2014 respectively, Polish gymnasium students from Kwidzyn and primary school students from Kętrzyn visited Friedland Gate Museum in Kaliningrad. Young Polish students took part in two ‘live’ history lessons: The castles on the territory of the former Eastern Prussia and The Teutonic Knights’ armour and weaponry conducted by Anastasia Vertiaszkina, a research worker of the Museum, and E. Lemeszko. The lessons were illustrated by historic reconstruction group Branderburg. The youngsters went sightseeing and participated in two other educational sessions: I. Kant the outstanding town dweller of Königsberg and 19 th century fortifications of Königsberg, both prepared by their tourist guide.

The excursion to Kaliningrad was a unique opportunity to see historic places of the former Königsberg, which the young students had read about in the information materials prepared under the Project.

The ‘live’ history lessons for Polish pupils are The Improvement of the attractiveness of north-eastern Poland and Kaliningrad Region to tourists by developing and promoting shared tourist trails Project action implemented within the framework of Cross-border Cooperation Programme EISP 2007-2013 co-financed with the European Union funds. The Partners of the Project are: the Association of Communes ‚Polish Gothic Castles’, Self-government of Warmińsko-Mazurskie Voivodeship, the Commune of Olsztyn, the Ministry of Tourism of the Kaliningrad Region.

Russian students in Gothic Castles

From 27th until 29 th May 2014 students from the State University of I. Kant and students from the Fishery and Fish Processing College in Kaliningrad, the finalists of The history and topography of Warmińsko-Mazurskie Voivodeship and Kaliningrad Region competition, organized by The Association of Communes ‚Polish Gothic Castles’ and the Ministry of Tourism of Kaliningrad Region during Jantur Tourist Fair in Kaliningrad stayed in Warmia and Mazury. The guests visited castles, churches, museums and other selected tourist attractions on the route: Ostróda – Olsztyn – Lidzbark Warmiński.

The visit is The Improvement of the attractiveness of north-eastern Poland and Kaliningrad Region to tourists by developing and promoting shared tourist trails Project action implemented within the frame of Cross-border Cooperation Programme EISP 2007-2013 co-financed with the EuropeanUnion funds. The Partners of the Project are: the Association of Communes ‚Polish Gothic Castles’, Self-government of Warmińsko-Mazurskie Voivodeship, the Commune of Olsztyn, the Ministry of Tourism of the Kaliningrad Region.

The history and topography competition for Russian students

On 10 th April 2014, during Jantur Tourist Fair in Kaliningrad The history and topography of Warmińsko-Mazurskie Voivodeship and Kaliningrad Region competition for Russian students was held. The contestants were students from the State University of I. Kant and students from the Fishery and Fish Processing College in Kaliningrad. The special guests were: Minister of Tourism of Kaliningrad Regional Government Marina Ageeva, Director of International Department of the Ministry of Tourism of Kaliningrad Regional Government Natalia Klimenko, Director of Tourism Department of the Marshal of the Warmia and Mazury Voivodeship Office Dorota Zalewska, Director of Trade and Investment Promotion Department of RP Consul-general in Kaliningrad Aleksander Milota. The contestants and the invited guests saw the Russian version of On the trail of great historical figures: N. Copernicus and I. Kant.
Fifteen people, the winners of the competition, are coming to Warmia and Mazury at the end of May for a three-day excursion to see the places associated with the subject of the competition, (the subject dealt with in the information materials prepared within the framework of the Project i.e. maps, brochures).

The competition is one of the actions under the Project entitled The Improvement of the attractiveness of north-eastern Poland and Kaliningrad Region to tourists by developing and promoting shared tourist trails implemented under Cross-border Cooperation Programme EISP Lithuania-Poland-Russia 2007-2013, and co-financed with the funds from the European Union.

The Partners of the Project are: the Association of Communes ‚Polish Gothic Castles’, Self-government of Warmińsko-Mazurskie Voivodeship, the Commune of Olsztyn, the Ministry of Tourism of the Kaliningrad Region.

The ‘live’ history lessons in castles in Poland

On 20 th March 2014 and on the 27 2014 March respectively, Russian children and teenagers from primary and secondary schools from Kaliningrad and Sławsk (Oblast Sovietsk) visited Lidzbark Warmiński and Malbork Castles. In Lidzbark Warmiński Castle the Russian visitors took part in two history lessons: The great dwellers of the Residence of Bishops and their great guests and The battle of Heislberg 1807. They also toured the Warmia Bishops’ Castle and the Apostles St Peter and St Paul’s Church and they saw On the trail of great historical figures: N. Copernicus and I. Kant in its Russian version. In Malbork Castle the Russian guests participated in history lessons: The Oder of Teutonic Knights’ cuisine and The Teutonic Knights’ armour and weaponry, carried out with active participation of the reconstruction group Regular Infantry Regiment who gave knight tournament games show and supplemented with a tour of the Castle.
The ‘live’ history lessons for Russian pupils are The Improvement of the attractiveness of north-eastern Poland and Kaliningrad Region to tourists by developing and promoting shared tourist trails Project action implemented within the framework of Cross-border Cooperation Programme EISP 2007-2013 co-financed with the European Union funds. The Partners of the Project are: the Association of Communes ‚Polish Gothic Castles’, Self-government of Warmińsko-Mazurskie Voivodeship, the Commune of Olsztyn, the Ministry of Tourism of the Kaliningrad Region.

the film On the trail of N. Copernicus and I. Kant

You should see a new film On the trail of great historical figures: N. Copernicus and I. Kant. The film shows the castles and towns in which the great scientist and the great philosopher lived and worked: i.e. Olsztyn-Lidzbark Warmiński-Frombork-Kaliningrad. The target audience are lower and higher education students in Poland and Russia. It will soon be screened before competitions organized for students from schools from Pomeranian and Warmińsko-Mazurskie Voivodeships as well as those from Kaliningrad Region.

The film is The Improvement of the attractiveness of north-eastern Poland and Kaliningrad Region to tourists by developing and promoting shared tourist trails Project action implemented within the framework of Cross-border Cooperation Programme EISP 2007-2013 co-financed with the European Union funds. The Partners of the Project are: the Association of Communes ‚Polish Gothic Castles’, Self-government of Warmińsko-Mazurskie Voivodeship, the Commune of Olsztyn, the Ministry of Tourism of the Kaliningrad Region.

On the trail of great historical figures: N. Copernicus and I. Kant
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Signposting of the Trail of Gothic Castles in Warmińsko-Mazurskie Voivodeship and in Kaliningrad Region

In accordance with the Project entitled The Improvement of the attractiveness of north-eastern Poland and Kaliningrad Region to tourists by developing and promoting shared tourist trails, implemented under Cross-border Cooperation Programme EISP 2007-2013, the roads leading to castles located in n Warmińsko-Mazurskie Voivodeship and in Kaliningrad Region have been signposted. The Association of Communes ‚Polish Gothic Castles’ fixed into place 30 E-22a (tourist) information signs informing about the Trail of Gothic Castles. The signs direct a stream of tourists to the castles located on the route: Ostróda – Nidzica – Olsztyn – Lidzbark Warmiński – Kętrzyn – Ryn.
Under the same Project the Russian Partner, the Ministry of Tourism of the Kaliningrad Region, made and fixed into place on the roads leading to 9 Russian towns, in which ruins of castles have been preserved, 9 information signs modelled after Polish E-22a. In addition, 9 information boards with the brief history of the castles in Russian and English were also fixed. The towns in question are: Wiesiełoje (the Castle of Balga), Polessk (the Castle of Labiau),  Zeleznodoroznyj (the Castle of Gerdauen), Guriewsk (the Castle of Neuhausen), Nieman (the Castle of Ragnit), Kamienskoje (the Castle of Saalau), Tałpaki (the Castle of Taplacken), Nizowje (the Castle of Waldau), Czerniachowsk (the Castle of Insterburg).
Polish-Russian cooperation resulted in unification of the signs informing about the location of the Teutonic Order castles in the two neighbouring countries. Project is co-financed by the European Union. The Partners of the Project are: the Association of Communes ‚Polish Gothic Castles’, Self-government of Warmińsko-Mazurskie Voivodeship, the Commune of Olsztyn, the Ministry of Tourism of the Kaliningrad Region.

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The history of the Teutonic Order castles competition finals 2013

On the day of 12 th June 2013 the whole-region stage of The history of the Teutonic Order castles competition was held in the Conference Centre Karwan located right in front of Malbork Castle walls. The competition was organized in partnership with the Malbork Castle Museum. The winners of the of the commune stage competitions from 16 commune members of The Association of Communes ‚Polish Gothic Castles’ divided into three age categories: primary school, gymnasium and secondary school (post-gymnasium) came to Malbork.

the timetable of the competition:
10.30–11.00 – registration of the contestants
11.00 – formal opening
11.00–11.10 – welcome speech by Mr Mariusz Mierzwiński, Director of the Malbork Castle Museum
11.10–12.15 written test The history of the Teutonic Order castles competition;
three age group categories: primary school and gymnasium and secondary school
12.15–14.30 – a tour of the castle, history workshops:
– primary school: the effigy of a monarch on a coin, (by mgr Joanna Czarnowska)
– gymnasium: Find the treasure (in the castle) game, (by mgr Bartłomiej Butryn)
– secondary school: Patron Saints. Gothic sculpture in Malbork Castle (by mgr Monika Czapska)
12.15–14.30 checking answer forms, selecting winners and writing out diplomas for
participants
14.30–15.00 – final conclusions, the prize-giving ceremony
15.00–16.00 – dinnerfor all

members of the Jury:
Izabela Narożniak – The Association, Aleksandra Siuciak – the Malbork Castle Museum,Joanna Niewiadomska – the Malbork Castle Museum, Karolina Piotrowska – the Malbork Castle Museum, Artur Dobry – the Malbork Castle Museum, Ryszard Rząd – the Malbork Castle Museum selected the following finalists:

primary school age group:
1 st place – Michał Zdziennicki – the Commune of Sztum
2 nd place – Rafał Grzybicki – the Commune of Olsztyn
3 rd place–Basia Puszcz – the Commune of Lidzbark Warmiński

gymnasium age group:
1 st place– Katarzyna Pianka – the Commune of Nidzica
2 nd place – Nina Linde – the Commune of Bytów
3 place – Paulina Maryniak – the Commune of Nowe

secondary school age group:
1 st place– Martyna Pachulska – the Commune of Lidzbark Warmiński
2 nd place – Bartosz Ruczyński – the Commune of Ostróda
3 place – Ilona Grzybowska – the Commune of Bytów

The winners were awarded prizes funded by Self-government of Pomeranian Voivodeship.

The competition is one of the actions under the Project entitled The Improvement of the attractiveness of north-eastern Poland and Kaliningrad Region to tourists by developing and promoting shared tourist trails implemented under Cross-border Cooperation Programme EISP Lithuania-Poland-Russia 2007-2013, and co-financed with the funds from the European Union.

The Partners of the Project are: the Association of Communes ‚Polish Gothic Castles’,                             Self-government of Warmińsko-Mazurskie Voivodeship, the Commune of Olsztyn, the Ministry of Tourism of the Kaliningrad Region.

The history of the Teutonic Order castles competition finals 2014

On the day of 2 nd June 2014 the final stage of The history of the Teutonic Order castles competition was held in Museum of the Battle of Grunwald. The competition was organized by the Association of Communes ‚Polish Gothic Castles’ in partnership with Museum of the Battle of Grunwald. Primary school and gymnasium students, the finalists of commune-level stage of the competition, came to Stębark and had the opportunity to demonstrate their vast knowledge of the history of the Teutonic Order castles. Today the castles are scattered on the territories of 3 different countries: Poland, Kaliningrad Region of the Russian Federation and Lithuania.
the timetable of the competition:
10.30–11.00 – registration of the contestants
11.00 – formal opening
11.00–11.10 – welcome speech by Museum of the Battle of Grunwald in Stębark representative
11.10–12.10 written test The history of the Teutonic Order castles competition;
two age group categories: primary school and gymnasium
12.10–14.30 guided tour of the Museum, knight tournament games show, screening of Opowieść o obrazie Jana Matejki Bitwa pod Grunwaldem [The Story of the painting ‘The Battle of Grunwald’ by Jan Matejko] the film contributed by the National Museum, a history lesson based Matejko’s painting and on another embroidered picture of the famous battle
12.10–14.30 – checking answer forms, selecting winners and writing out diplomas for participants
14.30–15.00 final conclusions, the prize-giving ceremony
15.00–16.00 – dinner for the competitors, quests the Museum staff


the Jury of:

Izabela Narożniak – The Association of Communes ‚Polish Gothic Castles’, Patryk Kozłowski –Museum of the Battle of Grunwald in Stębark, Sławomir Moćkun –Museum of the Battle of Grunwald in Stębark, Józef Kotwicki – Nidzica Centre of Culture selected the following finalists:
primary school age group:
1 st place – Wiktor Treder – the Commune of Bytów
2 nd place – Justyna Bieniek – the Commune of Kętrzyn
3 rd place–Marta Fierka – the Commune of Lębork

gymnasium age group::
1 st place– Piotr Maliszewski – the Commune of Lidzbark Warmiński
2 nd place – Klaudia Ciesiółka –the Commune of Nowe
3 place – Jakub Karliński – the Commune of Lębork

The prizes were tablets and cameras, co-funded by Self-government of Warmińsko-Mazurskie Voivodeship within the framework of public activity objective The history of the Teutonic Order castles competition. The competition is one of the actions under the Project entitled The Improvement of the attractiveness of north-eastern Poland and Kaliningrad Region to tourists by developing and promoting shared tourist trails implemented under Cross-border Cooperation Programme EISP Lithuania-Poland-Russia 2007-2013, and co-financed with the funds from the European Union.

The Partners of the Project are: the Association of Communes ‚Polish Gothic Castles’, Self-government of Warmińsko-Mazurskie Voivodeship, the Commune of Olsztyn, the Ministry of Tourism of the Kaliningrad Region.