On December 6, 2023, the final review of the “More Innovation and Public Involvement in the Tbilisi Museums Union” project, funded by BP, took place at the Tbilisi Museums Union – Ilia Chavchavadze Literary Memorial Museum. Additionally, a presentation showcasing the installation of solar panels at the same museum was held concurrently. This marks a significant milestone as the museum becomes the pioneer in Transcaucasia by transitioning to a natural energy source, utilizing solar energy. This move aligns with one of the primary objectives of the United Nations’ sustainable development goals, aiming to minimize environmental impact, promote the adoption of green energy, and actively contribute to environmental preservation. The innovation will save at least 30,000 kilowatts of traditional electricity, reducing electricity bills, contribute to the capture of approximately 150 tons of CO2 emissions over 20 years, and save up to 8,000 trees.
During the concluding presentation, the Conservation and Restoration Laboratory of the Tbilisi Museums Union showcased its enhanced capabilities and unveiled the outcomes of a year-long effort to the audience. Notably, the exhibition included restored works from the laboratory, such as manuscripts from Galaktion Tabidze’s archive, rare books, and periodicals, as well as restored toys and samples of porcelain.
The project commenced in October 2022, initiating the development of a modern, bilingual audio guide system at the Ilia Chavchavadze Literary Memorial Museum. This innovative system adheres to international standards and integrates new technologies to enrich the museum’s narrative and enhance visitor experience. The audio guides, tailored for individual use, offer visitors the convenience of exploring the museum at their own pace, providing narration in their preferred language for a personal tour experience.
As part of the project, ten informative and educational video clips were created and shared across relevant platforms. These clips aimed to spotlight the Union’s endeavors and entice visitors by showcasing its diverse activities. The project, funded by BP, was executed in collaboration with the Consultation and Training Center (CTC) in partnership with the Tbilisi Museums Union.
Nini Sanadiradze, the General Director of the Union opened the event. Additionally, speeches welcoming the attendees were delivered by Aiten Hajieva, the head of BP Georgia, Kakha Labuchidze, the chairman of the Education and Culture Commission of the Tbilisi Municipality, and Irina Khantadze, the executive director of the Consultation and Training Center (CTC).