«Leningrad Militia»: an exhibition at the Okhta Teenage and Youth Center

The new exhibition “Leningrad Militia” at the “Okhta” Youth and Teen Centre provides visitors with a rich range of objects found and recovered by the Reid search team, and also reveals additional semantic layers around this range of objects: personal, social and technical.

Each of these layers is important in its own way to create a voluminous and multi-layered project, to demonstrate the importance of prospecting and follow-up research, and their relationship to current historical knowledge.

A promising feature of the space will be the possibility of updating content that can be replaced by young people themselves using the digital tools available.

Semantic layers
  1. Developing the interest of squad members (and the club as a whole) in additional project-based practices that allow them to preserve the memory of found objects, form an additional content base and trace the connection of objects with historical knowledge and the life stories of real people
  2. Attracting the attention of new audiences to the activities of the search party and the youth club in general.
  3. Enhancement of relevant project activities.

Historian Vyacheslav Mosunov, the author of books:

  • “Breakthrough of the blockade of Leningrad. Operation Iskra”,
  • “The Battle for the Sinyavin Heights. The Mginskiy Bulge 1941-1942”,
  • “Battle for Leningrad. The Unknown Defence”.
  1. “HUMAN”: Personal stories, this block links the memories of participants in the Leningrad Militia with documents and the exhibit’s subject matter.
  2. “Militia”: a thematic layer which introduces the historical facts about the Leningrad Militia, reflecting it as a unifying idea rather than a formal organization.
  3. “Combat”: demonstration of combat structure and links to objects and reconstructions of the search movement.
  4. And, of course, the exhibition contains a wealth of information on the activities of the “Reid” search team, particularities of work with finds, details of reconstructions, recollections of participants.
The opening took place on December 27, 2019. You can hear a more detailed first-hand story in the video about the project:

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