Museum strategy and its realisation

Museum «House of Peter the Great in Derbent», Dagestan, 2015−2017.
Scope of works: museum's master plan, ideas, concepts and design for series of exhibitions, ideas and realisation of educational programs
Derbent is not big (over 100 000 citizens) but very important city in Dagestan. The 'House of the Peter the Great' was built above the remains of the earth-house were first russian emperor stayed for 3 days. We were invited by Ziyavudin Magomedov's charitable foundation 'Peri' to develop newly built museum.
The results in figures (may 2016–december 2017)

Visitors
– about 25 000
Participated in children's programs – about 5 000
Museum events and long term educational programs for youth:
1500 participants involved actively
70 000 people touched
78 experts from 9 cities involved as speakers, presenters, facilitators, etc.
403 people finished long term (from 2 days to 4 weeks) workshops and courses
7 exhibits launched, 3 of them created together with the citizens
4 important city areas (beach, 2 squares and 1 street) have changed
The museum had very small collection, but it also had determination to help local citizens in their search for new ways of realisation their creativity. So, we decided that the mission of the museum is mostly not about showing Peter the Great but about 'being Peter the great' – in the field of culture and creative industries.
The objective of almost all museum programs was to give citizens modern instruments for turning problems into projects and bringing projects in life.

During the first year program called The Research School local teenagers explored the city using methods of anthropology, urbanistic, psychology and others. Participants expressed the results of their research in a form of the exhibitions built using the techniques of contemporary art, photography, video art, creative writing and design. On the second year program of creation of objects in the city's public spaces was started. Objects were designed and built by the citizens together with a number of architects. The city environment was transformed to make new types of activity and recreation possible. After that the museum (and we personally) was invited by the city authorities to become one of the key developers of historical centre reconstruction project. This project was successfully finished and won federal government award.

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