Memories sought to give personal perspective on Czech history
A travelling exhibition called the National Chronicle is now on display at the Václav Havel Square besides Prague’s National Theatre. It presents the outcomes of a project carried out by the Charter 77 Foundation along with the National Museum in which seniors share their memories of the past in order to document and preserve the memory of the nation.
Kateřina Sodomková is in charge of the project:
“The project originated five years ago, in 2012, within the initiative Sensational Seniors, which was created to inspire seniors all around the Czech Republic. To this day, more than one hundred senior clubs have joined the initiative and the National Chronicle is one of the most popular projects.
“Our aim is to create an archive of personal memories which happened to be the backdrop of larger historical events. Anyone can share their memories and stories, which may have just a personal significance. Nevertheless they are important within the context of our country’s history.”
The National Chronicle project aims to be as user-friendly as possible. All you need to do is go to its website, fill in a form and upload your memories, in text, video or audio format. You can also upload a picture with a short comment.
“We wanted the public to see the outcomes of our initiative. What you can see are large-format pictures by various photographers, such as Bohdan Holomíček. Apart from famous figures, such as director and actor Jiří Kačer, who supports our project, there are also our regular contributors.”
The exhibition National Chronicle will be on display in Prague until the end of August before moving on to Teplice, Prachatice and Brno.
For more information, you can also visit the project’s website, that is narodnikronika.cz