A great number of manuscripts were created during the times of Kievan Rus’. Unfortunately, not more than 1% of that outstanding heritage of Kievan Rus, which was made in the princely scriptoriums, has remained.That is why every preserved manuscript is not only the precious historical source, but also a real masterpiece of Ukrainian medieval culture. Sadly, the major part of Ukrainian medieval manuscripts is far from the centers in which they were created. These manuscripts are the gems of the book collections in Russia, Belarus, Poland, Austria, Italy, France and other countries. They are carefully preserved and displayed as museum exhibits in the show-cases of the world’s cultural treasures. Some of them are kept in the museum or manuscript collections and are inaccessible to researchers or other people who are interested in the history of Ukrainian manuscripts.
In 2009, the Gorobets Publishers started off the project which is called “Returning the Cultural Heritage to Ukraine”.
Its target is to return, in the form of facsimile-copies, the ancient manuscripts that were created in the territory of Ukraine-Rus, but the fate would have had it, they had been scattered to the four winds. Each manuscript had its own way: some were given as a wedding dowry, some were taken by the conquerors, while others became valuable gifts.
For the period of 8 years, six facsimile copies of manuscripts have been researched and officially published with a total circulation of 4400 copies.
This is the first register of the Ukrainian manuscripts abroad created by scientists and Slavists.
The project has already been supported by 20 organizations and more than 500 individuals, with contributions ranging from 500 to 100,000 UAH.
The project was presented in Florence, Milan, Rome, Vienna, Paris, Reims, Senlis, Minsk, Krakow, Lviv, Kyiv, Ostroh, Zhytomyr, Moscow and other cities.
1+1, Glas, Pryamoy Kanal broadcasted about the project. The newspapers “Segodnya” and “Den” covered about the project as well. Online presentations were held at UNIAN and Ukrinform
We express our sincere gratitude to the philanthropists and investors, without whose support these publications would not have seen the world.