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JAROMÍR HANÁK

Who am I?

A historian inseparable from the Battle of Austerlitz (2nd Dec. 1805) for more than quarter of a century. Since November 1989 until recently working in the Castle of Austerlitz and The Cairn of Peace Museum, in the battlefield. The author of exhibitions dedicated to the Austerlitz Phenomenon as well as dozens of publications, studies and articles, editor and publisher of publications most of which are bound particularly to the Battle of the Three Emperors. Familiarity with the battlefield resulted in publishing the newest, up-to-date voluminous and comprehensive guidebook to the area of the battle. I offer you to get to know and experience the battlefield together with me, either through the guidebook or with me personally right in the battlefield. Let´s set out!

The Battle of The Three Emperors. Austerlitz / Slavkov 1805

An attractive multimedia exhibition which you must see brings, through unconventional design, both enlightening facts and an extraordinary experience.

It presents the 1805 military campaign that culminated in the battle of Austerlitz, as an historical event as well as a living phenomenon, at two levels: factographic and emotional. The exhibition - adjacent to the Memorial built in honour of the victims of the bloody battle - embraces not only the military and the political glory of the era, but also its underside.

bitva tri cisaruThe exhibition is conceived as a narrative in four parts: the part Events Preceding the Battle focuses on the period from the outbreak of the French Revolution until the eve of the battle, The Battle conveys the emotional experience of the fighting, and the third part on The Development of the Battle will guide visitors through the different phases of the battle by means of computer animation. The dominant element of the fourth part, After the Battle, involves a spatial and audiovisual reconstruction of a painting which depicts the meeting of the Emperors Napoleon and Franz at Spálený mlýn (Burnt mill) after the battle - a captivating video presentation concluding the exhibition.

There are monitors and a touchscreen available among the numerous exhibits, with a database of texts, illustrations, animations and film scenes, where visitors can select the kind of information they are interested in. You can choose from five languages for your guide through the exhibition - Czech, French, German, Russian and English.

expozice bitva tri cisaruThe Austerlitz Phenomenon

This exhibition is installed in a new pavilion. Its design is also unconventional: the structure is in part hidden under a layer of earth, its exterior is, symbolically, modelled on the dominant points of the Austerlitz battlefield. Inside, the central space is a multi-purpose hall. The exhibition in a spiral of corridors presents the ”second life“ of the Battle of Austerlitz, as narrated, from different points of view, by its contemporaries, chroniclers, by soldiers and diplomats, historians, writers, painters and filmmakers; visitors will also learn about the unique history of the Cairn of Peace itself, the two hundred year tradition of the battle and the tradition of commemorative events including that of battle re-enactments. The multi-purpose hall is used for temporary exhibitions but also as a lecture and projection hall and a playroom (children's museum).

(Extract from the Guidebook The Battlefield of Austerlitz)