Until July 2012, the District Museum in Tarnów shall organise events under the project called "Autumn of middle ages – spring of renaissance – series of cultural and scientific events". Its implementation is possible owing to the co-financing by the European Union under the Regional Operational Programme for Małopolska for 2007-2013 and from the funds of the Małopolska Voivodeship.
In view of new challenges in teaching history both within the scope of acquiring new information concerning the middle ages and the Polish "golden age" as well as searching for new adequate for the recipients' needs methods of presenting the history of Poland, the project assumes implementation of undertakings in which enthusiasts at all ages shall be able to participate.
The central idea of the undertakings implemented under the project is the presentation and promotion of material and spiritual culture of Małopolska as the region of which significance at the end of the middle ages and at the beginning of the renaissance could not be underestimated taking into consideration Poland and Europe at that time. Not without meaning is also the fact that many of the most important architectural treasures of Małopolska date back to this very period. Furthermore, the anniversaries taking place in 2011: 480th anniversary of the Battle of Obertyn and 450th anniversary of Hetman Jan Tarnowski's death are the occasions to commemorate, via implementation of the project, the person of the Hetman, who was a precursor of modern European thought.
The organisers welcome all persons interested in the project undertakings to the Castle in Dębno, the Market Square in Tarnów, the City Hall and the Ethnographic Museum.
From April 2011, the District Museum welcomes with pleasure to the Castle in Dębno for the exhibition on the history of weaponry which shall present the evolution of armament during the periods of the middle ages and the renaissance. The most interesting items at the exhibition shall be the replicas of armament and armour. The exhibition shall also include boards informing about the history and special significance of the Małopolska region from the 14th to the 16th century and presenting the changes of mentality and consequent military techniques at the turn of the middle ages and the renaissance. The organisers hope that the project exhibition shall be interesting in itself but also that it shall intensify the attractiveness of the architectural pearl of Małopolska which undoubtedly is the Castle in Dębno. The exhibition shall be open from April 2011 to June 2012.
The opportunity to physically touch the history and get acquainted with old craft techniques shall be ensured during workshops organised in the Ethnographic Museum in Tarnów. Their number and length shall depend upon the number and engagement of interested persons. Cooper, armourer, blacksmith workshops shall help in understanding the difficulties of lives of old craftsmen and peasants and the traditional techniques of producing items necessary for ordinary functioning should help persons participating in those workshops to understand the history of Poland at the turn of the middle ages and the renaissance. The addressees of this part of the project are, first of all, teenagers as well as students but the organisers encourage everyone who is interested in the reconstruction of old life and in the history as well as ethnography of Małopolska.
The scientific conference "Religious and social culture of Małopolska from the 13th to the 16th century" is a proposal for a little smaller group of recipients who are interested in the status of research on the history of Małopolska which is conducted by young researchers connected with various scientific institutions in our country and abroad. Furthermore, the additional aim of the conference is the attempt to present the diversity of research and the integration of young scientific professionals. Among the speakers, there shall be PhDs and PhD students connected with the universities in Białystok, Wrocław, Poznań, Kraków and also the Kórnik Library and the National Museum in Yerevan (Armenia). Presentations shall be of scientific nature and their content as well as the consequent discussion shall be included in after-conference materials which shall be issued by the District Museum in Tarnów in September 2011. The conference shall take place in the City Hall in Tarnów between 20 and 21 May 2011.
Concerts and workshops of medieval and renaissance music.
At the castle in Dębno, during the fifteen months, five concerts of old music and workshops of music and old dance shall be organised. The music culture of the Jagiellonian era is worth presenting and discussing in detail, therefore, apart from the traditional form of concerts, workshops of music and old dance shall be held. The organisers are trying to ensure that the artists coming to Dębno present the best possible artistic level. The presentation of court music is to be expected as well as music ordered by the church which was dominant at that time. The organisation of concerts shall be enhanced by the summertime when the picturesque courtyard of the Castle in Dębno can be used. The dates of the concerts shall be published by the organisers on posters and on the project website. The first concert is expected in June 2011.
European Knights' Meetings is a spectacular historical and theatrical undertaking presenting reconstruction groups focusing on the period of the Jagiellonians in Poland. As opposed to the previous form of the "Tournament for the Golden Plait of Tarłówna" of which fifteen editions have been held so far, the organisers propose a large quality change, which shall be noticeable for every spectator. The groups of historical reconstructions shall perform according to strictly specified scenario which is adequate to the times and events taking place in Poland in the 15th and 16th century. Additional objective is to show knights' encampments to the spectators, provide an opportunity to interact with the performers. Apart from the military groups, the organisers also provide the opportunity for the participation of groups reconstructing everyday life at the turn of the centuries.
These events shall take place within the area of the Castle in Dębno. The expected date of the European Knights' Meetings: 18 September 2011 (back-up date 25 September).
Another educational element of the project shall be a series of educational meetings for young people.
Taking into account the requirements of today's young people and the reduction of history classes according to the new core curriculum, the organisers propose in September 2011 a series of classes concerning the material and spiritual culture at the turn of the middle ages and the renaissance. As intended, meetings with young people shall have interactive form and shall involve mutual relation of participants with the teacher. The arguments helping to better understand the spirit of this era shall be replicas of armament which shall not be exhibits and therefore shall serve to show the real weight of cold weapons used from the 14th to the 16th century. Moreover, multimedia presentations shall be prepared comprising the most interesting prints and documents which shall simplify the presentation of the functioning of the society in the country of the last Piasts, the era of the House of Anjou and the Jagiellonians.
The meetings shall be held in the City Hall in Tarnów. The expected dates of those meetings: September – October 2011.
The last event organised under the project shall be a Medieval fair called "Not one king did follow this route".
Most certainly, from the times of Władysław II Jagiełło, Tarnów was the place where fairs and markets were organised. In order to connect with this tradition, the Museum in Tarnów shall organise an event which shall move the Market Square in Tarnów to the medieval times. Craftsmen, producers of traditional dishes, prestigitators, members of knights' groups shall present themselves on the Market Square in Tarnów. The central idea is the attempt to summarise and show the diversity of the project and the diversity and local colours of the 15th and 16th century culture, which today may be called "popular". The fair shall end with a concert.
The organisation of this fair is planned for June 2012.