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The City – The People – The River. A tale of Bydgoszcz from the banks of the Brda and Vistula.

Archaeological Collections, Mennica 2 Street on the Mill Island
The City – The People – The River. A tale of Bydgoszcz from the banks of the Brda and Vistula.
The exhibition is be open from June 1, 2017 through to September 10, 2017.
The Leon Wyczółkowski District Museum in Bydgoszcz worked on a temporary exhibition entitled “The City – The People – The River. A tale of Bydgoszcz from the banks of the Brda and Vistula”, which is part of an exhibitionary project being carried out by the Pomeranian Branch of The Association of Polish Museologists.
The exhibition is going to present the functions of the Brda and Vistula rivers, as well as their contribution to the development of Bydgoszcz and its inhabitants since the late 19th century until today. Thanks to the exhibition, visitors will learn about the everyday lives of the inhabitants of this riverside area and get acquainted with the river trade in Bydgoszcz, as well as with the major function of rivers – transport. While visiting the exhibition, the following issues will be discussed: watercraft, bridges, infrastructure and processes such as bridge building or lockage of narrowboats and rafts. The latter part of the exhibition will also demonstrate the impact of weather conditions such as drought or flood on river transport. Visitors will also learn about the Bydgoszcz Floodway System and its link to the E70 international waterway (Antwerp-Klaipeda).
The exhibition will address the issue of Bydgoszcz’s industry located on the banks of Brda and Vistula and discuss the possibilities of its future growth. Its location next to rivers offered its people the opportunity to start a number of enterprises – mills, sawmills, shipyards, brickyards and many factories. This allowed the economic growth of the city and its inhabitants.
Bydgoszcz’s access to rivers also contributed to the development of tourism and recreation. The exhibition shows the city's inhabitants on cruises, kayaking etc. It also presents the most frequented recreation sites in Bydgoszcz, as well as bathing beaches and restaurants located on the banks of the Brda and Vistula. During the visit, visitors will get to know the history of the major rowing, kayaking and sailing clubs in Bydgoszcz. They will also learn about the biggest harbors and riparian events held in Bydgoszcz.
The exhibition is complemented by an educational area, as well as a recreational one, located next to the museum's building, which includes items imitating a beach and offers numerous games and activities.
Moreover, marking Children’s Day, the opening day is going to offer visitors a wide range of attractions, including a reading of “Przygody kropli wody” by Maria Terlikowska and art workshops – creating colorful festoons and face painting with TeH2O: Bydgoszcz Water, Industry and Craft Trail.
Dariusz Leśniewski
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