The Founders of the European Solidarity Centre


The Polish Roads to Freedom Solidarity Museum project was born in March 1998, based on an idea by Chairman of the Gdańsk City Council Paweł Adamowicz and historian Dr Jerzy Kukliński. Nine months later—on 29 December 1999—on the initiative of Gdańsk Mayor Paweł Adamowicz, with the support of Lech Wałęsa and the Institute that bears his name, Gdańsk Metropolitan Archbishop Tadeusz Gocłowski, the Solidarity Trade Union, Gdańsk Shipyard and the government of the Pomorskie Voivodship, the Solidarity Centre Foundation was established with the mission to create the European Solidarity Centre.

Bogdan Lis became the Foundation’s president. On 8 November 2007, the City of Gdańsk, the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, the Local Government of the Pomorskie Voivodeship, the Solidarity Trade Union and the Solidarity Centre Foundation established the European Solidarity Centre as a cultural institution.