Deputy Prime Minister Olga Golodets took part in the solemn opening of the Mining Museum after the reconstruction
Deputy Prime Minister Olga Golodets and the Rector Vladimir Litvinenko took part in the opening ceremony of the Mining Museum after the reconstruction on its 225th anniversary.
The Mining Museum is located in the oldest technical University in Russia. It takes the best historical rooms and is an integral part of the University. The remarkable architectural ensemble of the Museum, as well as the entire the Mining University was designed in 1806-1811 on the place of a few isolated buildings, by the outstanding Russian architect Andrei Voronikhin.
At present time the Mining Museum is the keeper of unique minerals, ores, rocks, paleontological curiosities, collections of models of mining and metallurgical equipment, edged weapons, products of stone-cutting and jewelry art. Its funds comprise 240 thousand exhibits, many of which have no analogues. For example, there is a block of malachite weighing 1504 kg, the largest nugget of copper under the name “Bear skin”, polychrome topaz crystal weighing 11 kg.
The reconstruction in 2015-2016, initiated by the Rector Vladimir Litvinenko, was indispensible. The deterioration of some elements had reached a critical point, some of the constructions were badly worn and needed to be reconstructed or replaced immediately. Never before, such a great work was done in the Museum.
As a result, the exhibition space was greatly expanded and a number of unique pieces of furniture were refurbished. In particular, there are two cabinets-lockers made by outstanding master Christian Meier, the main purveyor to the court of Catherine II. His works are preserved only in the Hermitage Museum and the Mining University.
The working visit of Deputy Prime Minister of Russian Government Olga Golodets to the University began with examination of MFC "Gorniy". Major international conferences, foreign language courses and advanced training for employees of the companies of natural recourses sector are hosted in MFC, there are good housing conditions for the invited professors, foreign students and visiting specialists. Setting to work of this facility allowed the Mining University to increase the potential associated with the integration into international educational and scientific environment.
During the tour in the Mining Museum the Rector Vladimir Litvinenko told the Deputy Prime Minister Olga Golodets about the reconstruction, the cost of which is about 200 million extra budgetary rubles, and about new opportunities for visitors and students in connection with the appearance of new exposures. For example, in the Cadet hall, there are 18 showcases, devoted to the history of life on the Earth, to the emergence of geological diversity and to the different types of fields. Here, as in some other halls comfortable seating area is provided for students who are getting acquainted with the exhibition samples while listening to special series of lectures on specialized subjects, and for outside visitors who can watch thematic movie.
Also Olga Golodets visited the renovated reading room for students, several new classrooms and laboratories, in particular, the Competence Center, developed jointly with Schneider Electric to conduct joint research in the field of automation of energy and technological processes, electrical equipment, energy efficiency and energy management.
Deputy Prime Minister Olga Golodets took part in the solemn meeting of the staff and students of the University dedicated to the opening of the Museum after its reconstruction. She gave the rector a symbolic key and called the exhibition space of the University "totally unique":
"The first time I visited the Mining Museum 20 years ago, so I have to this place a special treat. I see how tenderly and gently you treat the exhibits that are presented here. I see that they are interesting to visitors – there are always a lot of them. Russia is the country of engineering education and cannot exist without such collections. It is wonderful that students have an opportunity to touch the best examples of mineral rocks, stones during the sessions, see historical samples of mining equipment."
Rector Vladimir Litvinenko said that the reconstruction of the Museum lasted for 2 years and made a brief excursion into history:
"Since the first day of the Mining Institute there has been a mineral cabinet, which became the basis for the creation of the major Museum. After the construction of the hall of columns – a real architectural pearl, it housed the best samples collected in the cabinet. From that day the history of the Mining Museum began ".
The delegation from Germany attended the solemn meeting of the staff and students of the University, in particular, Mr. and Mrs. Engel, famous German patrons involved in the reconstruction of common historical heritage of our countries. A few years ago, they allocated funds for the restoration of the Lomonosov House in Freiberg, where Russian educator studied in 1739-1740. Mr. and Mrs. Engel were elected honorary members by the decision of the Board of the Mining Museum.