Visit to the Private Ethnographic Museum in Lefkoşa – February 2014

15th February 2014

Pearl Mitchell

The weather on the previous day filled me with dread until I reminded myself that ‘this is Cyprus’ and rain can be followed by bright, warm sunshine. With this positive thought in mind, I threw off the dread and looked forward to the following day. I was not to be disappointed.

We were a group of 18 persons – 14 members and 4 non-members. It was indeed heartening to see that 8 of the party were newly-joined members, and we look forward to seeing them and others at many events in the future. Thank you all for your support.

On the planned day and at the planned time, some of us gathered at Eziç Premier’s car park to form a convoy to the venue. Those who were meeting us there had been sent directions and a verbal briefing of the directions was given to those who would be in the convoy – just in case we got separated!

All went well until we came to the point of making the right turn that would take us towards the Museum. I had not anticipated that my best laid plans would be foiled by road works!! With no plan B having been agreed, I just hoped no one would be fazed by this since it was difficult on this busy road to monitor what was happening behind me. However, I did notice that the Wisniewski’s car was keeping up with me and did so to the end.

I had never approached the museum from the direction in which we were heading but I carried onwards with fingers crossed that I would make the right turns and get us there. Well, after a little detour and a brief spell of feeling not lost, but temporarily unsure of my position, we suddenly arrived at the entrance to the museum. Everyone had actually got there and with time to spare! Someone mentioned that my directions were spot on! I wondered if they had arrived before the road had been blocked off but didn’t ask and instead accepted the compliment.

Having been to the museum several times before, I knew the treat that was in store for the group. Ergün bey gave a brief introduction about how he came to set up the museum. He told us that he believed the two important features of a nation were production and culture. Therefore, when falling demand for the production of his household gloves, combined with health issues, led him to close the factory he turned to his second love – culture.

Over the years he had acquired many items from people who knew of his passion. Now he had the space to start putting these and the other items he continued to acquire into the displays that we were to view. The space had grown from a single floor into the current three floors.

The tour was leisurely with many questions being asked and lasted for about an hour. It was followed by a lovely Cypriot lunch in the rustic surroundings of the museum courtyard.

This is a place that requires repeated visits in order to fully appreciate the beautiful items on display and appreciate the hard work, love and care that has gone into making it what it is. The positive comments which followed were indicative of the appreciation felt by the group.