[01.02.2008] New acquisitions for Turaida museum in year 2007
Turaida museum last year acquired 830 new historical items, which will be used when creating exhibitions and permanent expositions
Aija Dzene, specialist of Turaida museum:
"There are a lot of new items, that we have found last year. One of the most valuable are the silver coins, that were found near Ragana. In total, the museum has acquired 176 valuable antiques, 140 of them ar from Middle Ages. All coins will be evaluated and preserved. There are also various bijouteries: bracelets, rings, pendants and others. These items will be used in an exhibition, which will tell about the life of Libians who lived near river Gauja."
Turaida museum will also be supplemented with several publications, which were dedicated to Sigulda 800th anniversary: "Sigulda area during past", "Sigulda and Gauja", "Siguldas vēders" etc.
Many valuable items have been devoted from the local citizens. For example, Aivars Janelsītis had summarized all information about Sigulda, that was published in year 2007, Ritma Birzniece had summarized all available poetry about Sigulda and Gauja. The photo archive has been supplemented with many photos showing the catering industry in Soviet times.
Edgars Arājs had made a research about the engravings in cave Gūtmaņa, by spending many hours in the cave as well as in archive studying the engravements, texts, symbols and historical events. It is especially valuable research, as many of the engravements have not preserved till today.
Daila Krastiņa has documented the lifes and family-trees of many families, who live in Turaida, and showed how their destiny was changing with the regime changes.
There are also new remarkable interiour elements for the Turaida manor - sofas, chairs and tables which precisely depicts the atmosphere in the second half of 19th century.
Source - Sigulda TIC