A cracking wall of the Nagorno-Karabakh State Museum of History and Local Lore, Stepanakert. Photo by Alvard Grigoryan for the Caucasian Knot

05 December 2019, 14:38

In Nagorno-Karabakh, state museum employees complain of its emergency condition

Employees of the Nagorno-Karabakh State Museum of History and Local Lore are trying to attract young people to study the history of Artsakh, but the emergency condition of the building does not allow holding mass events in it.

On the occasion of its 80th anniversary, the Nagorno-Karabakh State Museum of History and Local Lore organized an interregional brain ring among senior students on the topic "History and Culture of Artsakh [Nagorno-Karabakh]: World Museums".

According to Zhanna Arustamyan, the director of the Nagorno-Karabakh State Museum of History and Local Lore, the topic was not chosen by chance: there are not many Artsakh history lessons in educational institutions, and only a couple of lessons are devoted to the topic.

Zhanna Arustamyan notes that the above intellectual game is expected to be made traditional.

According to the director, the Nagorno-Karabakh State Museum of History and Local Lore is located in the building built in the 1930s, and it was badly damaged during shelling attacks on Stepanakert during the Karabakh war. The building was last renovated in the 1970s, the director of the Nagorno-Karabakh State Museum notes.

"Every year we hold various events. However, we have to hold the most massive events outside the museum, since the territory, conditions, and state of the museum's building are dangerous for a large number of people. For example, it is forbidden to climb to the first floor in large groups, since dust and sand are pouring from the walls and ceiling of the building," said Zhanna Arustamyan.

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on December 5, 2019 at 03:47 am MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

Author: Alvard Grigoryan; Source: CK correspondent

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