Ongoing projects

The University of Tartu cultural history collections

(since 2006)

University of Tartu Museum collections are part of the Estonian Research Council, which is supported by the Ministry of Education and Research (check scientific collection). Here are the main results:

  • Digitisation of photographic materials, data input to online catalogue ESTER and the University of Tartu Library electronic repository DSpace. Preservation of digitalised photo materials in special repositories (since 2007).

  • Entering printed matter into database ESTER (since 2007).

  • Scientific description of Museum collections with the help of specialists:

    • Professor of Chemistry Carl Schmidt’s chemical collection 316 file (Hannes Hagu, 2006–2008);

    • Professor of Pharmacy Georg N. Dragendorf’s pharmaceutical collections (so-called Drug museum) drug collection 720 file, cinhcona bark collection 378 file, tannin and derivative collection 90 file (Kerly Kustavus, 2007–2010);

    • Experimental physiology instrument collection 178 file (Peet-Henn Kingisepp, 2008–2010).

  • “Füsioloogiariistade kogu TÜ ajaloo muuseumis“ (A Collection of Physiological Instruments in UT History Museum), catalogue manuscript (2011). (P.-H. Kingisepp).

  • Entering new objects of the Museum collections and scientifically described objects into the Information System of Cultural Values (KVIS) (2006–2011).

  • Joining the Information System of Estonian Museums (MuIS), transferring and entering data since 2012.

  • Determining the special-order apparatuses built/constructed for Estonian, Soviet and foreign companies in the Tartu State University experimental workshop between 1974 and 1995. Database with 74 apparatuses (Ado Jaagosild, 2009).

  • Systemising, replenishing and expanding the collection of negatives of the Tartu State University photography laboratory (1949–1995). Database with approx 50,000 negatives (Janet Laidla, 2010–2013).

  • Obtaining special repository equipment for archive and textile collections (two card drawers, 2009) as well as photo and cultural history collections (two metal cabinets, one metal shelf, 2010). Acquiring devices that meet the official standards of repository for photo materials (paper, casing, box), archive materials (cardboard, paper, folder) and material objects (repository boxes and crates (2009–2010)). (2007–2011).


Estonia 1987–2000: breaking point or tip-off?

The University of Tartu Museum is taking part in a project initiated by the Ministry of Culture’s Museum Council called Estonia 1987–2000: breaking point of tip-off? which is a joint endeavour of Estonian museums to collect material on the recent past in a way that is more thoroughly-planned and sees more cooperation between different museums.

The common output is a collective exhibition for the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia (2018), which focuses on the re-independence process during 1987–2000.

The topic of UT Museum is the higher education reform – how the Soviet Tartu State University became the national university of Estonia. Our goal is to include the students and lecturers of different fields.

The Museum is interested in material as well as oral, written and visual heritage.