Joseph Brodsky’s archive compiled by British professor V. Polukhina was transferred to the Foundation for the establishment of Brodsky Museum in St. Petersburg

Professor of the Keele University Valentina Platonovna Polukhina transferred archival materials related to the life and work of the famous poet to the Foundation for the establishment of Brodsky Museum in St. Petersburg.

The professor devoted most of her life to studying the work of Joseph Alexandrovich. During the event held at the representative office of Rossotrudnichestvo in London, she talked about the poet and his legacy, about meetings with Brodsky, as well as her work on collecting materials. Tens and hundreds of books, articles, photographs, autographs, pages of correspondence and other important materials that trace the life of the poet were donated to Brodsky's homeland.

Guests of the evening heard and saw the life story of the poet from the Chairman of the Foundation for the creation of the Brodsky Museum - Mikhail Milchik - in unique photographs depicting poet’s life from childhood to his time in Paris and Vienna. The deputy editor-in-chief of the “Russian Newspaper” Yury Lepsky spoke about the continuing interest of the younger generation in the work of Joseph Brodsky. Guests of the event also learned about the painstaking work on the inventory of the huge archive from the volunteer of the museum Arina Bedrina.

Speakers expressed their sincere gratitude to the Ambassador of the Russian Federation Alexander Yakovenko for his assistance in transferring the archive.

Screening of Andrei Khrzhanovsky's film about Brodsky "A Cat and a Half" also took place in the framework of the event.