The European Solidarity Centre is a modern cultural institution that perpetuates the memory of our greatest civic success – the victory of Solidarity. It is a museum commemorating the Solidarność revolution and the collapse of communism in Europe, but also an educational centre, a research and study centre, an archive, a library and a mediatheque. And finally, a public space, a meeting place for citizens who feel responsible for the development of democracy: a zone for practising solidarity and citizenship.

We believe that from the experience of August ’80 we can also draw social energy today, and that in the legacy of Solidarność there still beats a source of invigorating ideas for Europe.
We are happy to be here together – Europeans, Poles, Pomeranians and all those who feel connected to the Solidarność ethos.
I believe that we will meet again and again at the European Solidarity Centre in Gdańsk.

Basil Kerski
Director of the European Solidarity Centre