Pomorski i povijesni muzej Hrvatskog primorja Rijeka

Maritime and History Museum of the Croatian Littoral

Pomorski i povijesni muzej Hrvatskog primorja Rijeka

The Collection of Decorations and Badges

Head: Ivo Mileusnić, curator

The Collection of Decorations and Badges is part of the cultural-history department of the Maritime and History Museum of the Croatian Littoral in Rijeka. According to a revision from 2005 the collection contains 498 pieces of decoration and badges. To date 128 items have been inventoried in the M++ computer program. The material is stored under appropriate conditions inside the storeroom of the cultural-history department. With the aim of preserving and protecting the collection regular preventive protection is being carried out which precedes the viewing of the holding of the Collection of Decorations and Badges holding.
The holding of the collection is based on material inherited from the former Museo Civico and the City Museum of Sušak, where it was acquired mostly as donations. Other material consists of items collected by the former Museum of the Croatian Littoral and the People’s Museum in Rijeka the successor of which is today’s Maritime and History Museum of the Croatian Littoral Rijeka. The material of the collection is made up of various types of decorations, medals and memorabilia from the period of the second half of the 19th and 20th centuries, as a visible recognition of the efforts made by the people, the state, the ruler or even for personal courage, dedication and contribution, divided into wartime, peacetime, military and civilian services. According to affiliations the collection consists of decorations and badges of Austria (Austro–Hungarian), Montenegro, Serbia, then the Kingdom of Serbs Croats and Slovenes (Kingdom of Yugoslavia), the so-called NDH (the Independent State of Croatia) and the post war SFRJ (the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia).
In this collection there are items which are exceptionally important for the study of the regional and general national history. The diversity of the material of the Collection of Decorations and Badges presents a dynamic political and cultural history, and in the same way testifies to the economic development and importance of Rijeka and its gravitation area.