The Tallinn Museum of Orders of Knighthood took an active part in last weekend’s International Philatelic Exhibition in Tallinn!

Visitors to our booth could see some never before displayed rarities from our museum’s collection. Including precious medieval coins and the medal of Estonia’s very own Olympic Gold Medallist  Aavo Pikkuus. We also walked away with some pretty impressive awards, including a Large Vermeil Medal in the Invited Class for our Rarities Collection.

But the most exciting moment for us all was helping to determine the winner of our special prize. It was in a special category that is very important to us – Best Exhibit presented by the Young Collectors. Our museum makes considerable efforts in catching the attention of the youngest generations, sparking their interest in history and research, lifetime learning and collecting. It is impossible to overestimate the significance that the work of collectors has for Museums. Not only do they save the objects that could otherwise have been easily lost to us forever, but they also conclude an enormous amount of research selflessly and passionately. The continuity of this work is extremely important, which is why we were so happy to see presentations from so many young collectors at the EstEx2018 exhibition in Tallinn. The decision was incredibly hard for us to make, as all of the Young collectors deserve special recognition. 

Our prize – a Unique essay of the 1973 stamp the Tallinn City Hall by Anatoliy Kalshnikov, signed by the author  went to Anna Mörke for her exhibit A Normal Day, with the hope that it would encourage the young philatelist to come visit Tallinn and inspire her to continue the work in preserving, researching and displaying everyday items that we so often take for granted, but that tell so much about us all. We were especially touched by the theme and excellent choices for her presentation, as Museum curators we know only too well that even the most valuable piece needs a great presentation, and without visitors, Museums would be just warehouses of memories. And we look forward to seeing Anna’s exhibits displayed in museums one day.