Participatory projects of Tallinn City Museum branches

How to Create a Museum with and for the Community? The Story of Kalamaja Museum

The Kalamaja Museum is a community museum that is being created together with the local community for their benefit. Kalamaja is an intriguing district of Tallinn, which is known for its wooden architecture, bohemian charm and enormous changes in the once known as an industrial area. The intensive journey of opening a museum will be analysed and numerous different methods-techniques-actions, which have helped to co-operate with the locals will be introduced. Together with the participants some of the engaging methods will be explored as well.

Johanna Rannula talked about a project at the Museum of Photography in Tallinn called “Isolation Dialogues”. Over a couple of months of quarantine in the spring of 2020, Estonian photographers were invited to have conversations in pairs, but they could only use photographs and no words. Altogether 130 photographers were involved, making it the largest community project so far. The dialogues helped to record the special conditions of a quarantine, and it also helped the photographers feel connected.

This event is a part of the project educational course. Learn more about the course here.