LIVE (through) the 1990s

LIVE (through) the 1990s – an education platform on the 1990s in Lviv stemming from the project of the Center for Urban History Lviv Interactive. It is created on the basis of the photo exhibition by Tadeusz Rölke "Tomorrow Will Be Better" exhibited in the Center for Urban History in 2016-2017. It is a product of the year-long work to collect and process data, to generate information and entertaining content (within the program "Far - Near History")

The website developers invite users to "play" a game of history, to compose and decompose the storylines, to build the links, to trace how all the details interact with the text-book version of history, if they do, and to expand to broader topics. The timeline of the research includes the period of 1986-1996.

It is the story you would not find in the text-books. It is vibrant and relevant, contrasting and clumsy, absurd and truthful. You will not find here any lists of dates, dry facts, global events, or stories of great personalities. Instead, you will get to see a mosaic of individual stories, memories and themes illustrating the transformation period of the late 20th century in details, such as everyday things, practices, events, and stories.

"More Exciting Than the Text-Book" – we would like to bring the history closer, to give a human face to dry text-book facts, and to show that history is not only about black and white, but about a variety of stories and events. We do believe that history, the same as any other disciplines, could be learned through play.

Lack of goods, long waiting lines, shopping strollers, first banks, Chervona Ruta festival, yobbos, coupons, chocolate stock market, stone-washed denim, А Territory, walkouts... What do all of these notions have in common? What are they associated with? How is the history of the shift period of the 1990s perceived by those born in the 2000s? Do they think of the events from the stories their parents told them, or of a chapter in a textbook? How do we combine the two things into one, and make this period closer and more engaging for children and teenagers?

The authors of the resource had these ideas inspired by the exhibition of Tadeusz Rölke’s photographs "Tomorrow Will Be Better" presented in the Center for Urban History since August 2016.

The designers of the education platform are students of the first years of studies who can still remember how the recent history of Ukraine was taught to them at school. They have ideas, therefore, how to make it more interesting and substantial while going beyond the great events or "great people."

With this project, we intend to show the stories of people, co-participants and co-authors of those events, to render their attitudes and expectations. We plan to search for ways how to get from the level of political history down to the history of everyday life, to "humanize" the events, and to include personal stories into the general narrative. We mean to make dry textbook facts vibrant and game-like, but at the same time useful and educational for the website users.

The platform is designed for children, school pupils, high school students, teachers, and students. However, the resource will be interesting to anyone else, especially if they used to be the eye-witnesses of the 1990s developments. We hope the approach would stimulate discussions and help discover the 1990s also on the level of private history of one’s own family.

Education Resource "LIVE (through) the 1990s"

The resource consists of four sections: a dictionary of terms and concepts (What is What), a collection of games and tests (Games), a virtual map (Place) and study materials (for teachers and pupils). All chapters are linked to each other and include tags and hyperlinks.

"What is What." A dictionary of terms and concepts of the 1990s "from A to Z."
It includes the "textbook" terms, titles of chapters or items of independent external tests presented through little things, details, stories, and memories of real people. The dictionary contains images, video materials, quotes from memories and some useful links.

"Games." Series of games and tests.
After taking a test or a game, you can check the information or learn more in the Sections "Places," "What is What," and "Materials".

"Spaces." A virtual trip around the 1990s Lviv.
Places marked on the map show phenomena, events, and people you could use to trace transformations and changes taking place in the city. The map has a filtering function. It can help you not to get lost amidst the array of places. Most objects are linked to Lviv Interactive project of the Center for Urban History. There, you can find more details about the place and the pertaining materials from the Media Archive.

"Materials." Navigation and texts for teachers and pupils.
Here, you can find help and suggestions on how to use the resource information in the learning process, links to useful materials, and data base used for the resource. The section is peculiar in a sense that teachers could use it in the training process, while pupils could rely on it preparing for the module or the external tests.

Team of students of the first years of studies ready to inspire and convince you that history could be exciting:
Yaroslava-Anastasiya Tsetnar, Kateryna Kosiv, Roman Kobryn, Olena Polishchuk, Valentyn Hutsal, Mariya Kozak, Sofiya Strilets, Danylo Yankovskyi, Yulia Kishchuk, Olia Dobrovolska.

Designer: Oksana Demkiv

Website developers: Lubomyr Oliynyk (website software engineer), Ivan Bilous, Nazar Tymchyna

Program Coordinator: Khrystyna Boyko

Lectures, meetings, presentations:
Vasyl Rasevych, Bohdan Shumylovych, Markiyan Ivashchyshyn, Oles Dzyndra, Oles Pohranychnyi, Iryna Magdysh, Lubomyr Petrenko, Zoya Zvyniatskivska

Support and supervision:
Natalia Otrishchenko, Iryna Matsevko, Oleksandr Makhanets, Taras Tortyna, Taras Nazaruk, Iryna Sklokina, Olha Zarechnyuk, Maryana Mazurak