Plans for the future
Former woodworking shop, workshop, forge and bathhouses await to be revitalised. The renovated building that once served as a woodworking shop will now house a permanent exhibit devoted to the characters from Polish adventure literature and provide space enabling the organisation of theatrical performances, art classes and film screenings. Performing a comprehensive renovation of the main bathhouse building and utilising the space to create workshops for the History, Archaeology and Ethnography departments will allow the museum to function as a competency, service and research centre for other institutions. A substantial part of the venue will be transformed into an exhibition space dedicated to hosting temporary exhibits and concerts. A parking area providing parking space for vehicles used by people with disabilities and buses will be created on the adjacent premises, enabling access to the museum’s offer to organised groups of children and persons with limited mobility.
The project is being implemented under the “Conservation and Revitalisation of Cultural and Natural Heritage” programme, with funds from the EEA Financial Mechanism 2009-2014, the Ministry of Culture and Heritage and the Śląskie Voivodeship.
The project’s main concept is to preserve the cultural heritage
of Upper Silesia by adapting two historical post-mining buildings, along with
the conservation of historical industrial machinery located in the woodworking
shop building. Acquiring additional equipment for the Silesian Museum’s
digitization workshop will allow to document the history of culture and prepare
a digital rendering of the most valuable and unique Museum collections. The
development of infrastructure will make it possible to transfer all museum
departments from their current buildings to the Museum’s new premises and create
space to pursue research, cultural and educational activities.
|The visualization of spacial development – an aerial view||
Scope of the proposed project
Former woodworking shop – a new place for children
The renovated woodworking shop building is planned to house, among others, a permanent exhibit devoted to characters from Polish adventure literature. Thanks to the exhibit located on the building’s first floor, the youngest viewers will be introduced to the world of art and have an opportunity to learn about cultural diversity. The building’s ground floor is a place for future educational activities, theatrical performances, art classes, concerts and film screenings, organised by the Polish Scenography Centre and other departments of the Silesian Museum.
New workshops in the main bathhouse
Performing a comprehensive renovation of the main bathhouse building and utilising the space to create fully-equipped, modern workshops for the History, Archaeology and Ethnography departments will allow the museum to function as a competency, service and research centre for other institutions. The venue will have sufficient space to establish the History of Silesian Uprisings Workshop under the History Department, the Museum’s unique project being implemented in response to huge social demand related to this period of Upper Silesia’s history. A substantial part of the venue will be transformed into universal exhibition space dedicated to hosting temporary exhibits, concerts, lectures and meetings
|Main Bathhouse – the new premises of the Archaeology, Ethnography and History Departments||The above-ground parking area located on the north side of the Silesian Museum’s new premises|
A parking area providing parking space for vehicles used by people with disabilities and buses will be created on the premises adjacent to the building, thus enabling access to the Museum’s offer to organised groups of children and persons with limited mobility.
Timeline of the II stage of the revitalisation of
the former “Katowice” mine site>>>
In order to implement the project, the Silesian Museum entered into a partnership-based cooperation with the Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research (NIKU), which is an independent, non-profit institution for the conservation and sustainable management of cultural heritage. Such cooperation between Poland and Donor States will enable the exchange of experiences as regards restoring historical sites and revitalizing degraded urban areas.
The project is a continuation of the construction of the Silesian Museum’s new premises on the former “Katowice” mine site. The first part of efforts to revitalize this post-mining area was carried out as one of key projects within the framework of the Regional Operational Programme for the Śląskie Voivodeship for the years 2007-2013. In the upcoming years, it is planned to implement subsequent investments related to the development of this area and to the adaptation of post-industrial buildings (e.g. a building complex for the “Bartosz” mine shaft, a water tower, a mechanical workshop, a forge, and the “Gwarek” bathhouse) to serve the purposes of the Silesian Museum. Revitalization works entail the adaptation of historical buildings to serve functions related to the development of the sector of creative industries supporting museum activity and widely understood cultural functions. A substantial part of buildings will be used for exhibition, service-related and promotional purposes related to the industrial heritage of the Silesian region.
Planned budget for the project:
Total value of the project – PLN 29.89 million
Subsidy from the EEA Financial Mechanism and the Norwegian Financial Mechanism – PLN 10.02 million
Own contribution of the Śląskie Voivodeship – PLN 19.87 million
Project completion is planned for April 2016.
Timeline of the II stage of the revitalisation of the former “Katowice” mine site>>>
Supported by a grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway