Project for an exhibition "The Bulgarian refugees in our memory" of the Regional Historical Museum Burgas received additional funding from the session of the Ministry of Culture for activities in the field of museums and visual arts.
The idea of the current exhibition is a natural extension to the efforts of specialists from the Ethnographic exposition of RHM Burgas to preserve its rich collection of traditional costumes. The greatest diversity of costumes and jewellery among them are those of the Bulgarians from Asia Minor, Western and Eastern Thrace, who had the uneasy fate to be refugees in Burgas region. Among the best preserved and interesting costumes are the exhibits from Catal Tepe, Kodzhabunar, Malak Dervent, Komotini, Uzunkupru, Pishmankyoy and Kufalovo. Bulgarians from all these places were displaced from their homes in the period 1912-1913 and entered the new Bulgarian state as refugees - immigrants.
100 years later the refugee crisis again a topic of great importance for the Bulgarian society. We hear often comparisons between the refugees then and now. Answer to the question what are the similarities and differences between these two historic events, will be offered by experts from RIM Burgas through temporary exhibition about the life and fate of refugees in the early twentieth century. The preserved exhibits of costumes and decorations will demonstrate the diversity of their culture and the impact on shaping the ethnic composition of the population in the region. The exhibition will presented also the setting up of district Sarafovo and the refugee loan on 22/12/1926, which the Bulgarian country took to give land to the new settlers and build the so called Sharon houses in towns along the southern Black Sea coast.
Earlier this year Regional Historical Museum Burgas participated in the exhibition of NAIM-BAS (National Archaeological Institute and Museum - BAS) "Mirror of the past: female beauty through the ages." Among the objects representing women from the Burgas lands there were gold jewellery of a rich Thracian woman, who lived in Mesambria (present-day Nessebar) in the beginning of the III century BC.
Exquisite earrings, rings and necklaces from the ancient Thrace win our admiration for its pomp and decorations, yet it was not the only impressive part of the Thracian woman outfit. Very often, ancient Greek artists who drew on pottery, represented one obviously very important element of the exterior of the Thracian women - their tattoos. With them they decorated their whole legs, arms and neck. As a whole the meaning of tattooing refers to cult practices related to superhuman powers. Strips with straight and oblique lines, wavy patterns and zig-zag, dots, rosettes, and silhouettes of animals compose the repertoire as the tattoos usually cover the hands, the neck and the legs of the women’s figures. Parallel lines are often combined with silhouettes of animals – snakes, does and deer.
In connection with the exhibition of female beauty through the ages, museum specialists from NAIM-BAS have created a collection of temporary tattoos with the most characteristic motifs from the bodies of the Thracians. The easy to use tattoos are a great addition to an summer outfit for events and festivals. They are applied wet and can remain for days on the skin.
"Tattoos of the Thracian women" can be found in the Archaeological Museum of Burgas at ul. Al.
Bogoridi 21. The cost of each of the models is 2 BGN.
Live tropical butterflies of the Natural History Museum this year will fly in the round hall of the exhibition center Flora. The butterflies arrived a few days ago in the pupa stage, and today dissolved their colourful wings in front of the visitors.
The exhibition of exotic butterflies from around the world will continue two months - from 4 July to 31 August. It is open to visitors every day from 10:00 to 20:00 hours. Admission for pensioners and students is 2 BGN, and for adults - 5 BGN. Children under 7 years and disabled people can see the exhibition for free.
The nomination of the Regional Historical Museum Burgas and Municipality Burgas "Knitting of fisherman nets: millennial craft from Burgas Bay" was awarded today at a ceremony for the entry of new elements in the National list of intangible cultural heritage, held in "Sredets" Gallery of the Bulgarian Ministry of culture. The organizations with nominations, which also make a commitment regarding their protection and promotion, were honoured by Minister Rashidov with the award "Golden Age" of the Ministry of Culture - seal of Tsar Simeon the Great.
The Burgas candidacy was represented by Dimitar Yanchev - Chairman of NGO "Morski sgovor" from the fisherman village Chengene skele, part of which is the proposed bearer of the traditional craft - Stalin Iliev.
Candidacy "Knitting of fisherman nets: millennial craft from Burgas Bay" is among the nominees, which will be proposed for inclusion in the World list of UNESCO. National representative list so far has been replenished four times - in 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014 and this is the second application of RHM Burgas, which managed to reach the international stage. In 2008, the custom Nestinarstvo was deservedly declared a World Intangible Cultural Heritage and entered into the UNESCO list.
Regional Historical Museum - Burgas chose for its nomination exactly this characteristic activity of the local population, because the craft "knitting of fishing tackle" is dying in its traditional form. The archaeological finds - knitting tools, weights for nets and more, found on Cape Foros, near the Burgas district Kraimorie, testified that this craft was practised in Burgas Bay since ancient times. Municipality Burgas aims to support the preservation of it by building an ethnographic complex in Chengene skele, where the living bearers of tradition will be able to demonstrate and transmit it to new generations.
"Cuckoo hook until Enyovden and then goes quiet." - In that believed our grandmothers and great-grandmothers. This was a turning point which towards the end of summer. Although, the summer has only just begun astronomical, the elder Bulgarians still believe that from that day onwards St. Enyo put hooded cloak and goes to call out the winter.
As a celebration of nature and the sun, certain actions with magical orientation are performed on this day. This year's once again, the museum team will present in the Ethnographic exhibition on 24.06. (Friday) at 10:30 the custom Enyovden with the creation of a wreath from 77 and a half herbs and calling of the bunches by Enyo's bride.
Come and see the custom, go through the magical wreath for health, good luck and prosperity!
Regional History Museum Burgas will participate in "Father's Day 2016" - part of the national campaign "Being a father" of ten Bulgarian NGOs, united to promote the active participation of men in child care.
According to the authors of the campaign from Parents Association, men have great importance for the development of children, and if this relationship is strong, it impacts positively on both - men and their families. "Being a father" is part of a campaign for paternal care called MenCare, which is implemented in nearly 35 countries on five continents. Within it there are two major annual events - the International Father's Day on the third Sunday of June, which this year is 19.06, and the Father's Week during the second week of November.
Committed to the campaign and to encourage Bulgarian fathers to spend more time with their children, on 19.06.2016 (Sunday), the expositions of Burgas Museum - Archaeological, Historical and Ethnographic will work with 50% discount on tickets for visit of fathers with children. This means that for children over 7 years the ticket will be 1 BGN and for the father - 2.5 BGN, children under 7 years - free of charge.
A team of archaeologists from Regional Historical Museum Burgas renewed excavations of the fortress Poros near Kraimorie, Burgas. They are held for the fourth consecutive year by the director of RHM Burgas - Milen Nikolov and his deputy head of the project - Dorothea Gyurdzhiyska.
This summer they survey the territory east of the Roman villa on the beach in the northwestern part of the peninsula Foros. The remains of the luxury building were discovered in 2013 as part of the huge archaeological complex of Poros fortress. It includes a fortress wall, residential quarters, administrative and port buildings, Episcopal basilica and necropolis.
Already in the first days of renewed study many late-antiquity objects were found, including coins, fragments of pottery and jewellery. During this season the archaeologists hope to locate more buildings of the fortress. This will help mark the historical processes in this part of the modern municipality of Burgas.
In 2016, the archaeological studies are financed again by Foros Development AD and Municipality Burgas.
Project of Regional Historical Museum Burgas won state subsidy for regular archaeological excavations of the fortress Rusokastro in 2016. The financial support from the Ministry of Culture is 5000 BGN. It is added to the funding of 33 000 BGN provided by Kameno Municipality. The aim is to survey the citadel of the fortress and then to proceed to restoration works of detected structures.
For the first time this year the funding for archaeological research comes from the budget of Kameno municipality that wishes to turn the site into an attractive tourist destination.
The archaeological works will be carried out by a team of RHM Burgas with Head of Research Milen Nikolov, deputy - Dorothea Gyurdzhiyska and consultant prof. Konstantin Totev - known as the head of archaeological studies in Trapezitza - the iconic fortress in Veliko Tarnovo.
Since 2006, RHM Burgas systematically explore Rusokastro fortress, which located on 2 km from the village of the same name in municipality Kameno. In result the specialists revealed the largest fortress in present-day southeastern Bulgaria, with an area of 50 dka, fortified with double walls and citadel.