LIVE (through) the 1990s — an educational platform about the 1990s in Lviv.

    This is history, which cannot be seen on the pages of school textbooks; it is living and actual, contrasting and awkward, absurd and true. You will not find a list of dates, bare facts, global events, and stories about great people there. Instead, you will get acquainted with a mosaic of individual stories, personal memories, and topics showing the late 20th century period of transformations in small things. The research focuses are daily practices, history of things, oral history, and history of the city. We offer you to "play" history, disassemble and assemble stories, build up relations, approach broader themes. Chronologically, the research covers the 1980s-1990 s


    "More interesting than in the textbook": we want to provide bare textbook facts and events with a human face, to show that history is not black and white, but a variety of stories and events. People and their everyday lives, forming history of the city, region, and country, — that is what we focus on. Apart from that, we are convinced that history, like many other disciplines, can be learned while playing games


    Deficiency in goods, queues, kravchuchka, first banks, Chervona Ruta festival, rahul, coupons, a chocolate exchange, stonewashed jeans, Terytoriya A, demonstrations... What unites all these concepts? What do we associate them with? What is the history of the 1990s turning point for those born in the 2000s: events from their parents’ stories or a paragraph from the textbook? How to combine these two things into one and make the history of that period near and interesting to children and adolescents?

    These were the questions which arose in the minds of the resource idea-mongers, while their inspiration was the exhibition of photographs by Tadeusz Rolke "Tomorrow will be better", displayed at the Center for Urban History in 2016-2017.

    We strive to include in the list of dates and events stories of people, participators and collaborators in those events, to transfer their sentiments and expectations. To look for ways to go from the level of political history to history of everyday life, to "humanize" events and to include personal stories in the general narrative. To make the bare listing of facts from the textbook lively and playful and, at the same time, useful and informative.

    Developers of the educational platform are first years students, who still remember how they were taught modern history of Ukraine in school and have ideas on how to make it more interesting and meaningful, going beyond the mere presentation of great events and "great people".


    The platform is designed for children, schoolchildren, senior pupils, teachers, students. However, we are sure that the resource will be interesting to everyone, especially to those who participated in the events of the 1990s. We hope that this approach will lead to conversations, which will help discover the 1990s also at the level of private family history.


    The resource consists of four sections: a dictionary of terms and concepts (What is What), a collection of games and tests (Games), a virtual map (Places) and materials (for teachers and pupils). All sections are interconnected and contain hyperlinks.

    A dictionary of terms and concepts of the 1990s "from A to Z.” Here we show "textbook" terms and explain the paragraphs’ headings or the external evaluation questions through small things, details, stories, and memories of real people. The dictionary contains images, videos, citations of memories, and useful links.

    A series of games and tests. After passing a test or a game, you can check the information or learn more in the "Places", "What is What" and "Materials" sections.

    A virtual tour of Lviv in the 1990s. Markers, buildings, places, shown on the map, indicate phenomena, events and people, transformations and changes. The map has different categories of places and a filter feature helping you to not get lost. Most of the objects contain a link to the Lviv Interactive project of the Center for Urban History, where you can find out more about the place and about everything associated with it, to view media archive materials.

    Here you will find tips and techniques for using the resource information in the educational process, links to helpful materials, and the database used when working on the site. The peculiarity of this section is that teachers can use it in the educational process, while schoolchildren can use it in the preparation for a written test or external evaluation testing.

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    A team of first years students ready to inspire and convince that history can be exciting!

    • Roman Kobryn

    • Marija Kozak

    • Olena Polishchuk

    • Anastasiya-Yaroslava Tsetnar

    • Danylo Yankovskyi

    • Sophia Strilets

    • Yulia Kishchuk

    • Kateryna Kosiv

    • Valentyn Hucal

    • Khrystyna Boiko

      Project Coordinator

    • Oksana Nesterenko

      Project Designer

    • Liubomyr Oliynyk

      Project Programmer

    • Nazar Tymchyna

      Site Developer

    • Ivan Bilous

      Site Developer

    • Andriy Masliukh

      Project Translator


    Lectures, meetings, presentations, talks: Vasyl Rasevych, Bohdan Shumylovych, Markiyan Ivashchyshyn, Oles Dzyndra, Oles Pohranychnyy, Iryna Mahdysh, Liubomyr Petrenko, Zoya Zvyniatskivska

    Maintenance and support: Iryna Sklokina, Natalia Otrishchenko, Iryna Matsevko, Oleksandr Makhanets, Taras Tortyna, Taras Nazaruk, Olha Zarechniuk, Maryana Mazurak, Yulia Sapiga

    In case of any questions about the program and the resource, please contact Khrystyna Boyko, the project coordinator: [email protected]

    The project is an incomplete research about the everyday life of the 1990s. We are open to suggestions and discussions, so if you have some ideas about filling the site or remarks on the quality or appropriateness of any information, please contact us: [email protected]