Telling History: On Creating the Polish History Museum and its Exhibitions

Seminars and Colloquia

“Storytelling museum” is a concept which arrived in the museum theory in the 1990s as a part of a broader phenomenon in discourse and practice called the new museology. Among the most important features of that concept was the use of new media and scenography in order to create continuity of a historical narrative. Storytelling is connected with an extensive use of electronically processed iconography and media to construct powerful simulacra appealing both to minds and emotions of visitors. That makes a history museum a powerful instrument of interpreting history and influencing audiences. Therefore, museum professionals are situated between the fields that are ascribed to history as a science and memory as a social and political phenomenon. In his talk, Robert Kostro spoke about intellectual and practical challenges that are connected with creating the narrative of the exhibitions in Polish History Museum. He will also place the practice of the historical museology of today in the context of different approaches to storytelling in the past.

Robert Kostro is the Director of the Polish History Museum in Warsaw.

Dariusz Stola, Professor of History at the Institute of Political Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences and Former Director of the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, will provide the comment.

Ludger Hagedorn, IWM Permanent Fellow, will moderate the event.


Fellows Colloquia are internal events for the IWM Visiting Fellows and Guests.