Students' Day at the State
The Hermitage opened its doors for the young Petersburgers. 4 October 2008, the Hermitage Theatre hosted the traditional annual event, Student Day. Every year the Youth Centre of the museum holds a Student Day and opens a new season at the first weekend of October.
In 1999, at the turn of the two millenniums, when the General Staff building became a part of the museum complex, a special sector responsible for organising educational and cultural programmes for students from St. Petersburg and other cities and towns in Russia as well as from abroad was established in the Hermitage. Young people found their niche in the Hermitage. Studies, lectures, seminars and educational programs are combined with festive events and meetings in a friendly atmosphere.
Every year officers of the museum prepare a special programme for St. Petersburg
students within the frames of Student Day. The history of this festival
comprises meetings, concerts and tours to new exhibitions. Students
visited closed rooms of the General Staff building, the roof and the attics
of the Winter Palace. As this year the Hermitage celebrates the 100th anniversary
of the birth of Boris Piotrovsky,
Boris Piotrovsky dedicated many years of his life to the Hermitage, the treasury
of the Russian art.
The hard-driving programme consisted of a documental film about the Hermitage Director, traditional presentation of the Hermitage Student Club sections and a surprise in the form of the programme "The Hermitage of Boris Borisovich Piotrovsky". The students visited the halls that had been of great importance for the scientist. On the October Staircase there was a meeting with the nephew of Boris Piotrovsky, Deputy Head of the Department of Archaeology of Eastern Europe and Siberia, Yury Piotrovsky. At the end of the evening there were demonstrations of renewed expositions in the Caucasus Halls and a concert of the State Hermitage Orchestra soloists.
The event gathered about 300 cheerful and energetic young people interested in history and art. During the next week, from the 5th till the 12th of October, they can join sections of the Student Club in the Youth Centre.