Religious minorities archives and the war in Ukraine: The Adventist Historical Archive-Museum in Bucha (EAP1511)

Aims and objectives

The Bucha Adventist Historical Archive-Museum is the richest collection in Ukraine, and possibly in the world, of religious ephemera dating from the 17th to 20th century: samizdat, photographs, manuscripts, folk art, religious maps from Crimea (nowadays occupied by Russia). The collection contains unique and rare documents that shed light on lesser-known popular religious culture in Ukraine from the Imperial to the Soviet period. The archive was created a long time ago in Crimea and after the region's occupation in 2014 it was transferred to Bucha, where it was partly damaged (with digitised copies fully destroyed) during the occupation and massacre in February 2022.