EMYA Awards for the Pan Tadeusz Museum
The European Museum of the Year Award (EMYA), organised by the European Museum Forum (EMF), was presented on 25 May, at the 2019 Award Ceremony held in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Pan Tadeusz Museum received a Special Commendation and a scholarship awarded to Maria Marszalek, from the Tadeusz Różewicz Study Room.
During the ceremony in the National Theatre the awards were presented to the following museums: The European Museum of the Year Award 2019 went to the Rijksmuseum Boerhaave Leiden, Netherlands. Council of Europe Museum Prize was given to the Museum für Kommunikation (Switzerland), The Stiletto Award for excellence in working with the local community – to the Strandingsmuseum St. George (Demark). Weltmuseum Wien (Austria) was awarded with the Kenneth Hudson Award (in recognition of the most unusual and daring museum achievement). Europe’s Most Welcoming Museum is now Brunel's SS Great Britain (Portimão Museum Prize).
The Pan Tadeusz Museum received Special Commendation from EMYA 2019 Judging Panel that explained:
Muzeum Pana Tadeusza is not only an excellent museum of literature, but also takes a courageous and innovative approach to making a historic document relevant to the 21st century. This museum makes an exceptional contribution to reimagining what a museum of a national treasure can achieve.
One of the only two EMYA scholarship for museum workers under 35, was given to Maria Marszałek, working in the Tadeusz Różewicz Study Room. The award includes an internship in Event Communications Ltd. in London and a possibility to host a study project later completed in Wroclaw.
The European Museum of the Year Award (EMYA) was founded in 1977 under the auspices of the Council of Europe, with the aim of recognising excellence in the European museum scene and encouraging innovative processes in a museum world which still took the more traditional view to focus exclusively on collections rather than on their use for the benefit of society.
The Pan Tadeusz Museum was represented in Sarajevo by Marcin Hamkało, deputy director of the Ossolinski National Institute.
Photo: European Museum Forum.