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New Chopin archive exhibition to open in Kirkby on Make Music Day

by Sandra Issar

There’s something special taking place in the Kirkby Centre this Make Music Day on Tuesday 21 June.

A fabulous performance of Chopin’s music, intriguing stories of Polish migration and authentic Polish refreshments plus VIP guests will launch not one but two new archive exhibitions!

As part of Knowsley Borough of Culture 2022 Knowsley Archives Service and Merseyside Polonia are delighted to invite you to join the Famous and Unknown: Discover Polish Migration Stories launch event in Kirkby Library, the Kirby Centre from 6pm on 21 June.

The exhibitions tell the fascinating stories of two Polish people, each migrating to the UK at pivotal times in the Polish migration story, one the World renowned musician Fryderyk Chopin, the other Stefan Skura, a blacksmith who came to Prescot in 1947 as part of the Polish Resettlement Corps.

Don’t delay booking your place for this free event as spaces are limited.

Cllr Jayne Aston, Knowsley Council Cabinet Member for Resources, said:

“I’m delighted we are partnering with Merseyside Polonia to bring you these two fascinating archive exhibitions charting the tale of two very different experiences of Polish migration.

 

“The launch event, which will be attended by a member of the Polish Consulate and Knowsley’s Mayor, will feature a fabulous performance of Chopin’s music by Jessica Harvey promises to be a great evening. Make sure you don’t miss out and get your place booked today.”

Famous and Unknown: Discover Polish Migration Stories

There will be two exhibitions at Kirkby Library in the Kirkby Centre: the first is the story of Fryderyk Chopin, the famous Polish pianist and composer who was born in Poland and migrated to France in 1831.

This movement was part of Great Emigration of thousands of Poles and Lithuanians, particularly from the political and cultural elites in 19th century. Their exile was the result of the Partitions of Poland, which completely divided the lands of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth between the Russian Empire, the Kingdom of Prussia and the Habsburg monarchy of Austria. This exhibition features photographs and an absorbing description of his life journey.

The second exhibition relates to Stefan Skura, who came to Prescot in 1947 as part of the Polish Resettlement Corps. The exhibition includes archive records that describe his life in the area, such as certificates, his soldier’s service and pay book, savings books and photographs and cards. Some of them are written in Polish but translated into English by Merseyside Polonia volunteers.

For more information, contact Knowsley Archives Service on 0151 443 4291 or email infoheritage@knowsley.gov.uk