In 1941, the first Arctic Convoy of the Second World War set sail to Soviet Russia from Liverpool to Arkhangelsk. To commemorate the 80th anniversary of this historic event, the Cultural and Education Section of the British Embassy in Moscow, together with partners, is organising a wide programme of activities connecting people, museums and universities in Liverpool, Arkhangelsk, and other Northern regions of Russia and the UK. The programme aims to build deeper links between Liverpool and Arkhangelsk and highlights the historical connections of the two countries.
The Arctic Convoys: A Shared History programme encompasses a museum exchange programme between Western Approaches HQ Museum in Liverpool and the Northern Maritime Museum in Arkhangelsk; a literary competition on the theme of the Arctic Convoys; an online museum conference involving 20 leading British and Russian institutions; and an art residency for three UK artists in Murmansk and Arkhangelsk, in partnership with Inversia Festival.
The programme involves creating artistic collaborations and longer term links between the museums of Northern Russia and the UK, as well as organising student exchanges between higher education institutions in Liverpool and Arkhangelsk.
The Arctic Convoys: A Shared History programme is delivered by the Cultural and Education Section of the British Embassy in Moscow in partnership with the Big Heritage, the Western Approaches Museum, Liverpool John Moores University and Northern Maritime Museum in Arkhangelsk.