The ECS’s collection already includes a door from the Shipyard hospital with bullet holes from December 1970; offset plates of the legendary Solidarity Strike Information Bulletin; the sweater Lech Wałęsa wore when he signed the August Agreements; the forklift that served as a rostrum during the strike; two police trucks and postmarks from the internment of political prisoners. As of year 2019, the collection consists of more than 160 running meters of files, including 65,000 photographs, 5,000 museum objects and 462 artistic objects.

“The reason for gratitude and, at the same time, commitment is every gift for us”, says Basil Kerski, the ECS director. “And they all bear fruit, because the ECS archive is open on a daily basis to academic teachers and students, to history enthusiasts, to children and youth coming to the ECS for educational workshops, to journalists, filmmakers, publishers, curators and museum workers who are looking for exhibits related to Polish history.
Our collection is not only an important source of knowledge, this is also a resource on the basis of which our team created the ECS permanent exhibition, the largest exhibition on the Solidarność revolution. Using the ECS collection, the employees of our Archival team also organise a number of temporary exhibitions at our institution seat in Gdańsk and in other places in Poland and Europe.
I would like to thank all donors for their trust and belief that the ECS is an ideal place to store not only their material legacy but also parts of their biographies. At the same time, on behalf of the whole team, I would like to invite you to the European Solidarity Centre, where the ideals of the Solidarność movement — democracy, open and solidarity-based society, a culture of dialogue — remain attractive and up-to-date, and Solidarność remains a source of inspiration and hope.”
The Archive Reading Room opening hours
Monday – Wednesday and Friday | 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Thursday | 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

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tel.: + 48 58 772 41 34