A MATTER OF HONOUR.
80th anniversary of the opening of the Finno-Ugric department at the Estonian National Museum

(ENM exhibition house, J.Kuperjanovi 9)

20 Nov 2008 – 30 August 2009

Curators: Svetlana Karm, Marleen Nõmmela, Piret Koosa
Exhibition design: Jane Liiv

But as for the Finno-Ugric peoples /…/ in the sphere of ethnography of Estonians – as a civilized natin – have to fulfil their duty as a matter of honour.

These are the words of a Finn Ilmari Manninen – the first director of the Estonian National Museum and senior lecturer of ethnography of the university of Tartu, in his opening lecture at the university in early 1920s. He hoped that in future the Estonian researchers will have the possibilities to study all the Finno-Ugric peoples and thereby to local ethnography.

At December 27th 2008, ENM celebrated the 80th anniversary of the opening the Finno-Ugric department (permanent exhibition) at Raadi.

Nowadays, ENM is one of the biggest centres of research of the Finno-Ugric cultures both in Estonia and the world. The archive contains the materials from more than 180 research trips – artefacts, photos, ethnographic drawings, manuscripts, film and video materials. During the past decades, numerous conferences and exhibitions have been organised as well as research work, including the articles and longer studies, based on the collections. ENM has actively participated in developing the cooperation between Finno-Ugric peoples.

The exhibition “A MATTER OF HONOUR. 80th anniversary of the opening of the Finno-Ugric department at the Estonian National Museum” takes a look at both the development of the ENM’s Finno-Ugric collections and the varied work of the museologists, by presenting pieces from the historical exhibition at Raadi and opening some aspects from the fieldwork tradition.