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Drawn by Ott Vallik.
Drawn by Ott Vallik.

Lääneranna Parish has taken a plan to re-separate the Lihula and Hanila Museums, which were merged three years ago in a major merger, because the joint institution has not started working as desired. There is nothing wrong with merging similar institutions in the municipality. This has been done elsewhere, for example in Haapsalu, where five museums were once merged into one foundation.

In addition to being located on the territory of one municipality, the Lihula and Hanila museums have some similarities. Both were born at the same time – in the mid-1990s – and in one way – on the initiative of local active people. The difference, however, was that the Lihula Museum had a proud, true, house in dire need of repair, and the Hanila Museum had a proud collection that gives eyes to so many much larger museums.

When the joint museum started operating in Haapsalu, the joint beach of the West Coast did not get the expected wings and the previously strong Hanila museum sank to death. One of the reasons that went the way it did is, of course, money – the merger of the two museums did not involve an injection of money from the municipality. Another reason is employees. If the joint museum of Lääneranna municipality had to have three employees – manager, researcher in Lihula and museum worker in Hanila – then in fact the situation was soon such that in Lääneranna municipality there was only one of them who had to share between two houses twenty kilometers apart.

By now, we have reached a point where the Lihula Museum is like a rich daughter of a family, and Hanila is like an orphan. A bright future awaits the Lihula Museum and the entire manor complex, as the museum has managed to obtain hundreds of thousands of euros through various projects. However, the Hanila Museum House has reached such a poor condition that the museum should not be kept there – there are no necessary conditions for a rare textile and tool collection or for visitors.

Now, when we want to start separating the Lihula and Hanila museums again, one could remember that it does not matter whether the museums operate legally together or separately – it is the appetite and the fact that there is someone who really wants to develop the museum.

Source: Lääne Elu by online.le.ee.

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