The main goal of the project Britons in Karelia is to show objectively the contribution of Charles Gascoigne and other British metallurgical specialists in Russia to the development of Russian economy, industrial technology and culture, as well as to the promotion of Russian-English contacts in these fields in the late 18th first third of the 19th centuries, by studying the totality of sources about their activities.

It also seems possible to use the acquired factual material to solve a currently topical methodological problem, namely, that of the effect of advanced industrial technology introduction on social and cultural development of Karelia and Russia.

A separate problem, worthy of investigation is perception of life and activities of British metallurgists in Russia by the British and Russian contemporaries, as well as by historians from Great Britain, Russia, and other countries in the 19th early 21st centuries.

Now that todays Russia is striving to develop various contacts with Western European countries, the study of all these problems seems quite immediate and appropriate.

Realization of the project Britons in Karelia will make it possible to create more favourable conditions for reviving traditions of co-operation between countries and regions of Russia and Western Europe, for identifying Karelia as a segment of Nothern Europe in globalizing world, as well as for establishing and promoting academic, student, touristic, and business contacts between Karelia and Great Britain.

In a wider context, realization of the ideas of the project Britons in Karelia is expected to improve the image of both Karelia and Russia in Great Britain and Western Europe, to create a more attractive investment climate, and to show Karelia as a historical partner of Scotland and Great Britain, which can also contribute to the development of tourism and investment activity, in other words, to the creation of modern partnership based on historically established traditions.

Project developers look to the formation of an active and creative social and cultural environment in the field of joint research of the historical past using up-to-date humanitarian and information technologies. Particular emphasis in the project will be placed upon creating new opportunities for scientific and cultural relations among young people.

Thus, investigation and popularization of this little-known episode from the history of Russian-British economic and cultural relations can serve nowadays to improve the image of Russia in Great Britain and vice versa, to revive contacts between Petrozavodsk State University and universities of Scotland and England, and to develop Russian-British projects of academic exchange for postgraduates and students, of joint research work, as well as projects dealing with museum activities and tourism.

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The project idea: Shlykova . .Pashkov . .