Latvian Railway History Museum’s activity strategy is based on a medium-term planning document, which has been developed for the 2013-2017 period. The strategy was developed by the museum’s employees in accordance with the Cultural Policy Guidelines 2006-2015, museum industry legislation, ICOM Code of Ethics for Museums, strategic objectives and tasks of Latvian Railways, the Museum’s Regulations, mission and evaluation of the achievements of the previous period. The aim of the strategy was to ensure competitive and sustainable activity of the museum in accordance with the museum’s mission and current competition in the culture, education and recreation market. The strategy includes five-year objectives and priorities, as well as an action plan for their implementation. The Latvian Railway History Museum’s work is divided into core activity, which ensures the implementation of the museum’s basic functions, and support processes, which aid in promoting the core activity and are characteristic to any institution. The museum’s activity strategy is at the basis of annual work plan and budget. It is updated with the dynamic development of modern society and Latvian Railways in mind, by evaluating and preserving the most important of the past achievements.
The museum’s priority tasks 2013-2017
- Museum on the move, or various activities: steam locomotive and parlour carriage in a working condition; inflatable train attraction within the museum’s territory; active use of rail-cycle and draisine; digital activities (at the exposition and on the website); simple activities for children; regular excursions to Jelgava Depot.
- Finish entering data about the current collection in MySap, ensuring its availability to a larger public by transferring to the Joint Catalogue of the National Holdings of Museums (JCNHM).
- Monitor the environmental characteristics of railways; organise and implement expeditions to follow and analyse the preservation dynamics of the historical environment Latvian railways; prevent the destruction of the historical heritage of railways.
- Set up expositions From Semaphore to Centralised Traffic Control and Station Life.
- Develop exhibition policy to reflect socially and nationally significant themes.
- Modernise the website and generally diversify communication with visitors through social media.
- Expand museum education if there is a new staff employee.
- Motivate personnel and strengthen the team.
What our museum stands out with: rolling stock and openness towards various events.
What the museum offers: more than what can be seen, felt and learned through daily use of railways.
What makes us unique: rolling stock, railway tracks, location, the museum’s team.
Ambitions: to talk about the history of railways in a broader, more in-depth, modern and unforgettable way.
What direction are we headed in: public-friendly, accessible and active museum that stays in touch with visitors and their wishes.
What we want to achieve: reveal the charm and unique nature of railways in a diverse and emotional way.
The values we stand for: Latvian railway traditions (everything that has been created) is a national value, which is meant to be known, treasured and preserved.