In the London science Museum opened a monument to Gagarin

© RIA Novosti / Maria Tabacu the London science Museum revealed the statue of Yuri GagarinIn the London science Museum opened a monument to Gagarin© RIA Novosti / Maria Tobacco

Director of the London science Museum Ian Blatchford at a ceremony on Wednesday evening, opened a sculpture of the first cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin and promised to hold regular exhibitions dedicated to the history of Russian space exploration.

It is important to recall

«It was my idea – set we have in the Museum a bust of Gagarin. It is important that our collection here at the Museum, told the full story of space exploration, whereas in most museums in Europe and the United States presented by the American technology. You see, we have pictures, an exhibition dedicated to Valentina Tereshkova. And we want to constantly remind people that the Russian achievements, particularly the achievements of the 1950s and 1960s years, formed the basis of modern space exploration,» said Blatchford, when asked by RIA Novosti to tell you how the idea of installation of a bust of Gagarin.

In his view, simply to rely on historical memory is impossible.

«The people of the age of my parents, of course, remember Gagarin, but young people we need to be reminded again and again. Therefore, we have an exhibition of Tereshkova. We have a huge audience of students, they come and watch the movie about her life, and discovering these great people. Whether Gagarin, Leonov, Tereshkova, Queens, all the great historical figures», said Blatchford.

London science Museum recently often organizes events related to the achievements of the USSR and Russia in the space sector. So, in March of this year the first woman-cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova was opened at the Museum an exhibition dedicated to her life and achievements. In 2015, Tereshkova arrived in London for the opening of the exhibition «Cosmonauts: birth of the space age», held at the Museum of science with great success.

«We have signed this year an agreement with the State Museum of history of cosmonautics named after Tsiolkovsky in Kaluga, so now going to work together to develop ideas, exhibitions, whether of the exhibition about the pioneers of the Russian space program or about future plans of Russia in the space industry. So the plan is, but this supersecret. I hope that in 10-20 years we will hold a new exhibition about Russia», — said the Director of the Museum.

Gagarin around the world

The discovery of the bust of Gagarin took place in the framework of the bilateral year of science and education of Russia and great Britain and of the Museum’s programme of evening events Lates.

«In difficult political times it is especially important to continue to cooperate in these areas: academics, researchers, artists, employees of the educational sphere», — said at the opening ceremony of the bust of Gagarin, the adviser-envoy of Embassy of Russia in London Alexander Kramarenko.

Bust of the first cosmonaut as a gift to the Museum of science gave international charity public Fund «Dialogue of cultures — United world», which implements projects that aim strengthening of friendly relations between different countries.

Already 27 countries, including France, Italy, India and the US had previously received a gift of busts of Gagarin.

«I am confident that today’s event will strengthen the friendship between our peoples and make the world better. Gagarin was a man of the world, flying into space from the Soviet Union, and we hope that in the XXI century space and Earth will be peaceful and unified starry sky over all of us is always peaceful,» said the Chairman of the Fund Ruslan Bayramov.

Gagarin bust in the Museum of science became the second in London a monument to the first astronaut. Another monument to Gagarin — copy of the monument, created in 1984, the 50th anniversary of the cosmonaut’s famous sculptor Anatoly Novikov, opened in 2011 in front of the building of the British Council in London. The monument was a gift to Britain from the Russian space Agency on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the cosmonaut’s visit to Britain.

A half later, the monument moved to the grounds of the Royal Observatory on the outskirts of the British capital Greenwich and since then stands on the terrace, named after the first cosmonaut.