Lancaster exhibition tells unique story of Russia

Part of the exhibition in St Nic's Arcade
Part of the exhibition in St Nic's Arcade

An exhibition depicting images of Russia throughout its history is on show in Lancaster city centre.

Discovering Russia has been put together by the Lancaster Centre for Russian Studies and is being shown in Unit 8 inside St Nicholas Arcade every day between 12pm and 2pm until Sunday, January 25.

It is an amateur exhibition showing different images of Russia taken by the students of the Centre, starting from the Soviet past until the present day.

Masha Golubeva, a teacher of Russian language and culture and founder of the Centre, said: “The selection of photographs shows Russia through the eyes of UK residents, demonstrating everyday reality, places of attractions and the life of ordinary people in the busy streets of Moscow and remote Siberia.

“The exhibition guides you though transformation that took place in Russia over the years of different regimes, that the country has survived and shows the lives of ordinary inhabitants and objects, discovering the beauty, as well as the difficulty of life in Russia.

“The exhibition is a reflection of different people’s experiences of Russia.

“Many of the Centre’s students travelled to Russia for work, as tourists or visit their relatives.

“Some of them are currently based in Russia and sent their images over the Internet.

“This exhibition is a patchwork of different viewpoints, but they all show the amazing attraction of Russia and its diverse culture and traditions.”

The Centre also offers Russian language and culture courses, Russian literature classes as well as classes of Russian traditional arts and crafts from Quakers House in Lancaster.

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