Vilnius University is a proud owner of four ancient globes–unique heritage of European science and history–that used to belong to the old observatory.
Despite many difficult historical periods, the globes have endured and survived until present day. Now this unique cartographical heritage created in the 17th and 18th century needs experts who would not only help to preserve it, but also construct special glass cages to protect globes from harmful effects of the environment.
These rare objects of heritage reveal scholarly and international relationships of our country as well as bear witness to a tradition of patronage. Aspiring to continue in the tradition, Vilnius University Library in collaboration with Vilnius University Fund has initiated the collection of funds–18,000 euros. Vilnius University has already allocated a part of funds that are necessary for restoration of the globes; however, we need your support to help to preserve this historical heritage for future generations.
We invite all sponsors and patrons whose interest lies in preservation of heritage to take part in this campaign. Please do not hesitate to join in, as time is running out.
Those interested in seeing the globes can register for a special tour.
All patrons will be invited to a presentation of the restored globes at Vilnius University Library.
You can contribute to the restoration of the unique globes by transferring funds to the following account:
Vilniaus universiteto fondas (Vilnius University Fund)
Code of enterprise 304222713
Residential address: Universiteto g. 3, Vilnius, Lithuania
Account no. LT827300010146412805 (Swedbank)
Sponsorship purpose: “For the project Restoration and Preservation of VU Globes”