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The life of Queen Elizabeth

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The life of Queen Elizabeth

The life of Queen Elizabeth

 

Born in Munich on Christmas Eve, Elisabeth was the third child of Duke Maximilian Joseph of Bavaria (1808-1888) and Princess Ludovika of Bavaria (1808-1892). She spent most of her childhood in Possenhofen, on the shores of Lake Starnberg. Sissi grew up in a very unrestrained and unstructured environment, and she would often go swimming, hiking or riding around the countryside.

Ludovika’s sister, Princess Sophie of Bavaria (1805-1872) was the mother of Emperor Francis Joseph I. In search of a German duchess for her 23-year-old son, in order to strengthen Austro-German relations, her choice eventually (after several unsuccessful attempts) fell on Helene, the eldest daughter of the Wittelsbach family. The two young people first met in Bad Ischl in the August of 1853. Ludovika took her younger daughter Elisabeth to the meeting with her, whose heart had just been broken. Instead of Helene, the interest of the young Emperor Francis Joseph was aroused by Elisabeth, the shy, quiet 16-year-old girl with pigtails. Their wedding took place in 1854, but this love match did not bring Elisabeth much happiness. Within the walls of Hofburg, she hardly ever saw her young husband who was busy dealing with political matters and affairs of state. Sissi was lonely; she had no-one to share the grief she felt over the loss of the free country life and her difficulties in adapting to the rigid formality of court etiquette. Her personality was just the opposite of what was expected of her: the boring, elderly ladies-in-waiting assigned to her constantly criticised her dress sense, education, dancing, and behaviour. Her most ruthless critic, however, was her mother-in-law Princess Sophie.

The young Empress had been interested in literature and history since her early childhood. Due to her position, she soon developed a talent for understanding politics. On just one occasion, however, she seriously interfered in politics, and this was in the interest of the Hungarians. The wife of Francis Joseph, who had suppressed the 1848-49 revolution and War of Independence, was sympathetic towards the Hungarians - perhaps because of her mother-in-law’s aversion From 1863 onwards she diligently studied Hungarian language and history. In addition, she engaged Hungarian ladies-in-waiting and a reader. She regularly corresponded with the Hungarian liberals Gyula Andrássy and Ferenc Deák. She was their passionate advocate, believing this to be the only chance for the Monarchy to survive, so she wrote dozens of strongly-worded letters calling upon the Emperor to conclude the Austro-Hungarian Compromise. Following a tragic defeat in the Austro-Prussian war, the Emperor eventually succumbed, as he was also interested in settling the conflicts with the Hungarians. The Austro-Hungarian Compromise of 1867 created the dual Monarchy of Austro–Hungary. On the 8th of June, Francis Joseph I and Elisabeth were officially crowned King and Queen of Hungary. Elisabeth placed herself decisively on the Hungarian side in the increasing struggle for independence. So much so that in a poem of hers not intended for publication she reveals her wish to give birth to a son for Hungary, who would be brought up as a Hungarian, and eventually as monarch would lead Hungary to gain independence from Austria. In the spirit of this decision, she gave birth to her youngest daughter Archduchess Marie Valerie, dubbed the "Hungarian princess", born in Buda in 1868.

Elisabeth continued to be interested in politics, but the more she learnt the more disappointment she felt over historic injustices. In consequence she kept her distance from politics, but as a private person she was drawn to the concept of a republic.

 

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Story cube – a new educational tool

Story cube – a new educational tool

Together with the Museum of King Jan III’s Palace at Wilanów and the Italian non-governmental organisation Stazione Utopia, we exchange knowledge and experiences as well as train and teach how to encourage local communities gathered around museums to engage in voluntary work and how to talk about cultural, natural and historical heritage in an interesting manner. Together with our colleagues from Hungary and Italy, we have created a publicly available educational tool – the story cube that supports volunteers and educators in learning how to build a unique story, organise arguments, build independent judgments about the object or phenomenon in question, while incorporating their own stories and experiences. Activities implemented as part of the project: International Learning, Teaching, Training (LTT) meetings, during which a group of experts from Wilanów, Gödöllő and Florence selected in the programme exchanges good practice and then trains one another in areas such as working with volunteers and immigrants as well as creating an engaged community around institutions. Four meetings: two in Warsaw and two in Florence and Gödöllő, respectively, have been held during the course of the project. Transnational Project Meetings (TPMs) in each of the participating organisations help us implement our planned activities effectively. Developing an educational tool, known as the story cube. The tool supports the adult education personnel in contacting the local community and engaging it in activities related to the voluntary programme. An online seminar to discuss the experiences we have gained and disseminate the educational tool we have developed is to be held in January 2023. Writing a series of articles on informal adult education and engaging the local community in the activities of institutions. Feel free to check out the materials on the Electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe (EPALE): Local community engagement in museum programs: practices, experiences and challenges and Też tak chcę! Story cube – a new educational tool   As part of the Erasmus+ project, “Museum of Communities”, along with our partners from the Museum of King Jan III’s Palace at Wilanów and the non-governmental organisation Stazione Utopia in Florence, we have created a new publicly available educational tool.The story cube supports our work with volunteers in terms of creating engaging and unique stories about museum items. We have designed not one but two cubes: senses cube, to support the process of experiencing objects through our senses; mind cube, to encourage users to think and reflect critically. Story cubes allow the users to ask questions about heritage objects and look at them in a new manner, inspiring them to learn collectively and have a discussion. The tool may be used with both beginners and advanced storytellers. Story cubes are a universal solution to be used in adult education. The project has been co-financed by the European Commission from the Erasmus+ programme supporting strategic partnerships at a European level. Projects related to education and training promote the development of knowledge in Europe and make it possible to achieve the objectives of the Europe 2020 strategy – sustainable development and social inclusion. Download the detailed instructions and a graphic template for the story cubes: Erasmus+ Storycube black and white Erasmus+ Storycube color Erasmus+ Mindcube black and white Erasmus+ Mindcube color Instructions
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Maintenance period

Maintenance period

  From the 30th of January 2023 until the end of March 2023, various rooms in the permanent exhibition will be closed due to the annual maintenance work. We provide regular information about the schedule on our Facebook page and website. Due to room closures, we offer a 25% discount on the price of our permanent exhibition and combined ticket. Entry to the museum is possible every half-hour. Between the 30th of January and 10th of February, the entire Elisabeth wing is expected to be closed, as well as the Corner Room in the Gizella wing.
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The queen's furniture has returned home!

The queen's furniture has returned home!

The queen's furniture has returned home! Queen Elizabeth's personal furniture, dressing table and glass showcase arrived at the Royal Castle in Gödöllő   Dr. Tamás Ujváry, the managing director of the Royal Palace of Gödöllő Public Benefit Nonprofit Ltd., reminded that the castle operates as a real Sisi cult place. The building also celebrates its anniversary, as it was abandoned by the Soviet army thirty years ago and then opened in 1996, albeit only in part, to visitors in 1996. The anniversary is also connected with the arrival of the two special pieces of furniture, which were successfully repurchased with the help of the National Castle Program and the NÖF, said Dr. Tamás Ujváry. Speaking about the National Castle Program and the National Castle Program, which he supervised as a ministerial commissioner, Zsolt Virág said that they are aimed not only at the restoration of the buildings, but also at their mental rehabilitation. This includes returning any former furnishings to the walls, he noted. According to him, Queen Elizabeth's former dressing table and glazed display case appeared at an auction in Germany, where they were bought back at a starting price, and from Friday the public can meet the artefacts in the castle's permanent exhibition in the queen's dressing room.  
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