In 1999, the Perm 36 Memorial Museum of the History of Political Repression, together with the Lower Manhattan Tenant Museum, the British Workhouse Museum, the Czech Terezin Ghetto Museum, the Senegal Slave House Museum, the South African Cape Town Sixth Ward Museum, the Bangladesh Liberation War Museum, and the Argentine Junta Memorial Museum Project established the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience.
The coalition now includes more than 300 museums from 65 countries. All of these museums are generally associated with sites of national humanitarian catastrophes, but some, like the M. L. King House Museum and the E. and F. D. Roosevelt Estate Museum, are associated with powerful humanitarian breakthroughs.
The Perm 36 Memorial Centre for the History of Political Repression was the founder and director of the Russian Network of the International Coalition of Museums of Conscience, provided legal and methodological assistance to museums of the network, for seven years, organized trainings for their staff at the Summer School of Museum Studies, and found financial support and partners through the directorate of the Coalition.
Site “GULAG. History of one camp” is devoted to the history of Perm-36, the last political zone of the Soviet Union, and the Public Museum, which was created on the remains of this zone by a group of enthusiasts.
Nowadays the museum with all its collections, archives, expositions and exhibitions is seized by the officials from the Ministry of Culture of Perm region.
This project is an attempt to create a universal model of a museum, which exists only in the virtual space and enables almost all kinds of activities of a real museum: scientific, educational, expo-exhibition and excursion.
The initiator of the creation of this resource was the International Coalition of Museums of Conscience, created in 1999, one of the founders of which was the Public Museum “Perm 36”.