Forward to the Past

What is history of the turning period of the 1990s for schoolchildren born in the 2000s? Is it recent history well remembered by their parents or a paragraph from a history textbook on the events 30 years ago? The project "Forward to the Past" is an attempt to show the perspective of the high school students on the period of transformations that is alternative to the textbooks version. They will be doing it through the memories of their parents, and analysis of everyday life in the city, through learning family stories and family photo albums and artifacts. The focus of the program is the everyday life, history if things, and oral history. Almost three months of work will result into the open air stand exhibition.

It is important that the program participants work on the entire project step by step, starting from the idea to the presentation of the final outcome. Unfortunately, the saturated school curriculum does not often offer practical skills to pupils so that they could try themselves in their own project implementation. A participatory method of the project allows participants get engaged into each stage of implementation, in addition to the research part. It includes naming, categorization of topics and design, budgeting, promotion and logistics issues.

During the program, participants will collect materials, select, analyze and categorize them, conduct interviews, communicate with parents, grandparents, and neighbours; work on their family photos and memories; and search for artifacts. The program also provides for meetings with experts (project coordinators and researchers of the Center), and the work on visual part (meetings with an illustrator and a designer).

Topics the study focuses on: everyday history, history of things, places and spaces, childhood of the 1990s in Lviv.

Our Team
Project developed by: 9th grade pupils of the Educational and Training School "Engineering Economic School Lviv Economic Liceum."

Support, consultations, thematic workshops, and open lectures: Natalia Otrishchenko, Iryna Sklokina, Oleksandr Makhanets, Taras Nazaruk.
Design by: Oksana Demkiv
Exhibition installation by: Yevhen Chervonyi

Project coordinators: Zoriana Obidina, Khrystyna Boyko

Project Duration

The project lasts since beginning of February 2017. Expected presentation of the exhibition launch – Mid April 2017.

Classes take place in the Educational and Training School "Engineering Economic School Lviv Economic Liceum" (vul. Khvyliovoho,35) – Center for Urban History (vul. Bohomoltsia, 6).

The program runs within the photo exhibition by Tadeusz Rolke "Tomorrow Will Be Better".