New exhibits in a local history museum as part of 'Donate an exhibit' campaign

New exhibits have been made part of the collection of a local history museum in Zhambyl region. A ‘Donate an Exhibit’ campaign was launched and residents in the area brought unique items from the past centuries to the museum. One of the residents donated an ornamented chest, which dates back to the early 19th century. The chest was passed through the family by generations. It is made of wood and its exterior is decorated with geometrical ornaments. Experts said the design of the chest demonstrates that it belonged to a bride from the western region of Kazakhstan.

ZHAMAL AKPAN, STAFF, LOCAL HISTORY MUSEUM:

 - As part of the ‘Donate an Exhibit’ campaign, a resident of Taraz city, Kenzhezhan Sauranbekov donated an ancient chest to our museum that his mother had left him. She had received it from her mother and so on. I believe that this is a good example of preserving our cultural values and national traditions by passing them from generation to generation.

A tekemet or a Kazakh lint free carpet is also part of the museum’s collection. The carpet was previously used by the Hero of Soviet Union, Sadu Shakirov. His grandson, Saken Shakirov donated the item to the museum.

LYUDMILA KHAPILINA, HEAD OF DEPARTMENT, LOCAL HISTORY MUSEUM:

 - According to Saken, his grandfather Sadu Shakirov used to walk on the tekemet when he was a child. The tekemet is handmade. It dates back to the early 20th century. It is handmade using a special sort of wool. Wool prepared in autumn was used in making these items because it is more enduring. There is a brown design pattern with coloured ornaments.

Residents have donated 27 rate items to the local history museum of the Zhambyl region due to the ‘Donate an Exhibit’ campaign. There is a total of 66,000 exhibits in the museum collections.

GALIYA ALIMZHANOVA, DEPUTY DIRECTOR, LOCAL HISTORY MUSEUM:

 - This campaign has garnered interest among the residents of the area, restoration works will soon begin in the Zhambyl regional local history museum and the creative centre named after Ashimov. Also, three museums will be constructed in Taraz this year, including a museum of military glory ‘Dank’, ‘Zheltoksan’ and a museum named after Zhambyl Zhabayev.

Two museums will be opened by year-end. Part of the donated exhibits will be distributed among the new collections. Thanks to these museums, visitors will learn about regional history.