On Thursday 18 January, the Estonian Government Office presented the Estonian History Museum with the gifts of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
"The Estonian Government Office is happy to present the Estonian History Museum with a selection of items, mementos, and interior design elements that adorned the venues of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union in Tallinn and Brussels. The History Museum will also become a home to the souvenirs and presents we used to introduce Estonia to our guests," said Piret Lilleväli, the head of the organising team of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
"We are also giving the History Museum the logo that was the background for the group photos during the high-level events at the Tallinn Creative Hub (Kultuurikatel) and a lectern with a special design," Lilleväli added.
The director of the Estonian History Museum Sirje Karis was also happy about the acquisition: "The task of the Estonian History Museum is to act as the memory of its people and state. Estonia's work in heading the Council of the European Union has received great praise and it is a historical event. The souvenirs of the Estonian Presidency are permanently preserved in the museum collections in order to give the Estonian people and state a better feel and sense of value of their identity in the future".
The presented items will be registered as museum objects within three months. The History Museum plans to use the Estonian Presidency items in a temporary exhibition about recent Estonian history and in educational programmes.
The concept of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union was based on the symbol of the Estonian Presidency and followed three consistent themes: Estonia as a digital country, Estonian design, and Estonian food. The design of the souvenirs and presents also considered practical and protocol-related limitations such as fitting into carry-on luggage, not containing liquids and having a practical purpose. More than 100 different design objects were created, commissioned by the Estonian Government Office,. There were approximately half a million items produced.