The Holodomor Museum Has Begun Work on Four Large Projects with Ukrainian Cultural Foundation Support
Expedition together with Ukrainer, accessible site, educational program for the blind and an application that tells the story of Kyiv during the Holodomor: The Holodomor Museum has started work on four projects with the support of the Ukrainian Cultural Foundation!
What will be created during this year?
Expeditions in search of witnesses with Ukrainer: “Holodomor: a Mosaic of History”
The museum team together with Ukrainer went on the expeditions to eight regions of Ukraine to find the last witnesses of the Holodomor. We will record unknown stories about the genocide of Ukrainians, as well as shoot the mass graves. This project will allow foreigners to learn about one of the greatest crimes of the twentieth century. It will also promote the recognition of the Holodomor as genocide abroad. Expeditions are perhaps the last chance to comprehensively explore history by communicating with witnesses who are almost gone and digitizing their stories.
Mobile appabout the history of Kyiv during the Holodomor: “Track Holodomor History”
The mobile application Track Holodomor History will show the contemporary capital of Ukraine through rare old photos of houses, video chronicles of life in Kyiv in the 30s, eyewitnesses’ stories, previously digitized documents, research by historians and local historians. Kyiv will tell its own history of the Holodomor by hundreds of votes. 77 locations of the city, which will be accompanied by explanatory articles, will create an image of Kiev in 1932–33. Stories are closer than around the corner — they are already in your phone.
Educational program and adaptation of the tour for the visuallly impaired: “Touch the Memory”
Blind visitors to our museum will for the first time be able to “see” archival photos taken in 1932–33, listen to unique eyewitnesses’ accounts of the Holodomor, read archival documents and explore the museum. Together with the NGO “Cultural Geographies” and typhlopedagog Olha Sviet, museum employees will master the skills of working with people with visual impairments. One of the results of the program will be the first inclusive addition to the exposition of the Holodomor Museum.
Adaptation of the site: “Accessible site — accessible museum”
The museum begins with its website. Therefore, another inclusion project implemented by the Holodomor Museum with the support of the Ukrainian Cultural Foundation is the adaptation of the museum’s official website in accordance with international web accessibility standards. Everyone, including people with disabilities and the elderly, will have comfortable access to information about the museum, its theme, as well as educational activities. A team of IT testers with disabilities Inclusive IT, who are specialists in web accessibility, is involved in the work on the project.
The Holodomor Museum is the only museum in the world that tells about the genocide of Ukrainians. We teach to resist hatred and human rights violations; we warn society against the repetition of the crime of genocide by accumulating and disseminating knowledge about the Holodomor. Thanks to the four innovative projects, the history of the Holodomor will become more accessible through various forms of interaction, which will help to communicate comprehensively with the interested audience.