On 18 January, the exhibition “Pavilion of the Research Park: Treasures of Voronezh State University” opened in the main gallery of the Chizhov shopping centre. The curators of the exhibition are Angelika Makarova and Alexandra Stepynina, the employees of the Museum and Exhibition Centre of VSU.
For the first time, the Museum and Exhibition Centre of VSU presented scientific resources of the university at the most visited site of Voronezh.
“We decided to show to our Voronezh residents and guests of the city “that Newtons, Platos of our own / And other men of world renown / On Russian soil can also grow”, said Angelica Makarova.
The exhibition was created by representatives of the Museum and Exhibition Centre of VSU, Professor Kozo-Polyansky Herbarium of VSU, Professor Khmelov Central Black Earth Region Vegetation Museum, Professor Barabash-Nikiforov Zoological Museum, Museum of Folk Culture and Ethnography at the Faculty of Philology of VSU, the Department of Organic Chemistry at the Faculty of Chemistry of VSU, and the Faculty of Physics of VSU. Professor Marina Chernyshova from the Faculty of Geology of VSU also helped to organise the exhibition.
Among the exhibits provided by the Museum of the History of VSU, were the gowns of the Honorary Doctors of the university: Nobel Prize laureate in Physics, Zhores Alferov, and the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill; a typewriter, a camera, and other personal belongings of a VSU graduate and Nobel Prize laureate in Physics, Pavel Cherenkov; minerals from the personal collections of professors at the Faculty of Geology of VSU: Nikolay Chernyshov, DSc in Geological and Mineralogical Sciences, corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and Professor Nikolay Plaksenko, DSc in Geological and Mineralogical Sciences, Rector of VSU.
At the exhibition you can also see laboratory equipment and reagents provided by the Faculty of Chemistry of VSU; herbarium sheets from the historical part of Professor Kozo-Polyansky Herbarium of VSU, which had been brought from Derpt-Yuriev in 1918 (the first collections date back to 1822); details of the folk costume of the Voronezh gubernia of the 19th – early 20th centuries from the Museum of Folk Culture and Ethnography. Exotic plants from Professor Khmelov Central Black Earth Region Vegetation Museum, which are also presented at the exhibition in Chizhov Gallery, can also be of interest to the visitors.