On October 5, 2009, the second stage of restoring the students’ punishment cell begins and it will take two weeks. A small room at UL main building preserves the evidence of the first educational establishment in Latvia – Riga Polytechnic Institute.
Time gives things value, as well as damages them – the punishment cell during its 135 years has suffered losses - a great part of historical inscriptions and drawings have gradually faded away because of the dust, humidity and human impact.
The University students put in the punishment cell for violations of internal rules used to kill their time by drawing and writing things, expressing themselves on the walls. The attractiveness of these inscriptions and the punishment cell as such has been confirmed by more than 2,000 people who visited it during ‘Museum Night 2009’ - the very first time UL Museum of History participated in it.
The restoration work began in 2008; in cooperation with the UL Museum of History and the Academic Traditions Society of Poland – two walls were cleaned and the drawings were fixed by two restorers from Poland. The Polish Ministry of Culture provided funding for the restoration to go on also this year.