08.04.2019

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


AGH UST authorities, photo by M. Talar KSAF AGH UST Krakow Student Photo Agency

Gathered guests, photo by M. Talar KSAF AGH UST Krakow Student Photo Agency

Katarzyna Skórzyńska, granddaughter of the Professor Jan Zarański, photo by M. Talar KSAF AGH UST Krakow Student Photo Agency

On 8th April 2019, exactly 100 years after the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Poland adopted a resolution to establish and open the Mining Academy in Krakow, the exhibition “In magnis voluisse sat est | In big things it's enough to just have the will – Mining Academy’s history of establishment” was opened. The exhibition is one of the main events taking place within the framework of the celebrations of the Jubilee of 100 years of AGH UST. It will be opened until 30th June 2019.  

Ceremonial opening  

The opening of the vernissage was performed by professor Tadeusz Słomka. During the opening ceremony, a speech was given by professor Wojciech Łużny, President of the Organising Committee of the Jubilee of 100 years of AGH UST, AGH UST Vice-Rector for Education. The group of gathered guests featured, inter alia, the family of professor Jan Zarański, and the family of assistant professor Adam Łukaszewski. 

Unveiling of plaques 

A part of the vernissage was the unveiling of plaques commemorating the 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 profiles of both professors were presented by professor Anna Siwik, AGH UST Vice-Rector for Student Affairs. 

Exhibition 

The chronological framework of the exposition covers the period from the 1860s until the outbreak of World War II. The exhibition is presented on two storeys in the AGH UST main building. 

On the ground floor, there are: information about professor Jan Zarański and professor Józef Morozewicz, a timeline presenting some most important events related to the history of the university, and a multimedia stand with archival documents and photographs. Among many unique materials there are, for example, addenda to shorthand reports of the Diet of Galicia and Lodomeria, location plans of the Mining Academy from the years 1912-1914 (e.g. designated lands in the districts of Dębniki and Kazimierz), a unique sketch drawn by professor Józef Morozewicz with guidelines for the design of the main building, competition rules and the report of the competition court, as well as designs of the main building of the Mining Academy from 1925 – presented for the first time ever. 

The exposition located on the first floor describes the development of the university in the interwar period.  

The main partner of the exhibition are the National Archives in Krakow. 

The exhibition was prepared by the AGH UST Department for Information and Promotion.  

Photo report – photos by Zbigniew Sulima 

Photo report – photos by Maciej Talar, AGH UST Krakow Student Photo Agency