08.04.2019

In magnis voluisse sat est | In big things it's enough to just have the will – Mining Academy’s history of establishment


On 8th April 2019, the AGH UST Main Building hosted the opening ceremony of the exhibition “In magnis voluisse sat est | In big things it's enough to just have the will – Mining Academy’s history of establishment”. The vernissage featured the unveiling of plaques commemorating the outstanding activists of the Organising Committee of the Mining Academy – professor Jan Zarański and professor Józef Morozewicz. The exhibition will be presented by 30 June this year.

On 8th April 1919, the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Poland passed a resolution to establish and open the Mining Academy in Krakow. On the 100th anniversary of the event, AGH UST will organise a vernissage of the exhibition related to the history of the establishment of the Mining Academy. 

The chronological framework of the exposition covers the period from the 1860s until the outbreak of World War II. The exhibition presents some selected events and the corresponding archival documents and photographs, including the history of many-year endeavours to establish the Mining Academy in the second half of the 19th century, the achievements of the Organising Committee in the years 1913–1921, as well as the opening and development of the university in the interwar period, dramatically interrupted in 1939. 

A part of the vernissage will be a ceremonial unveiling of plaques commemorating the outstanding activists of the Organising Committee of the Mining Academy – professor Jan Zarański, the first professor of the Academy and an expert on mining law, and professor Józef Morozewicz, President of the Organising Committee, a professor of the Jagiellonian University, and an outstanding mineralogist and petrographer. 

The motto of the exhibition comes from a farewell letter that professor Jan Zarański addresses to the community of the Academy: “What in my great attachment to the mining community I have done for the establishment and organisation of the Mining Academy was a simple duty of a deputy and a citizen of the country. In carrying out the duty, I cannot accept the attributed merit, which to a greater extent I owe to my activity, being only driven by the principle: In magnis voluisse sat est (English: In big things it's enough to just have the will).”   

The historical exhibition is one of the main events taking place within the framework of the celebrations of the Jubilee of 100 years of AGH UST.