During preparations for the restoration at VDNKh, experts discovered over 100 educational and popular-science films as well as film strips. They were discovered at the Young Naturalists, Oil Industry, Geology and Poultry Farming pavilions. Unique films depicting the achievements and best practices in various areas of the national economy were shot between the 1950-1980s.
In one such film poultry farmers can be seen tending to newly hatched ducklings, poults and chicks in a chicken coop, while the narrator is explaining the specifics of tending to eggs in incubators. Another film is dedicated to rare minerals and stones found by Soviet geologists during their expeditions to mining sites.
There are films shot in black-and-white as well as in colour. All of them came in handy for Soviet tour guides. Apart from thematic exhibitions, most of the VDNKh pavilions also had small cinema rooms. There visitors could watch news footage, documentaries and educational films related to the pavilion’s specialisation. As a rule, after every tour, guides would show films on advances in Soviet science, technology and agriculture for their visitors.
“All films and film strips that we have discovered will be handed over to the VDNKh library. We still have to study most of the unearthed films. However, first we need to study, catalog and digitalise them. We are planning to include these films in the VDNKh museum’s media library, which will open under the arch of the park’s main entrance,” VDNKh press service pointed out.
Both adults and children will be interested in seeing these films. Young visitors will especially like a film called Birth of a Toy, which was shot in the 1960s. In the film the narrator explains how teddy bears and dolls were made in the USSR.
The museum complex will open its doors in 2018. It will consist of over 10 museums, including the VDNKh museum. In this museum visitors will be able to learn about different stages of pavilion construction, the names of artists, sculptors and architects that participated in the process of creating the exhibition, and see the items discovered during the restoration.