The Head of the Community Received the Ambassador of the United Kingdom John Gallagher
It was a study visit for the ambassador and it was His Excellency’s first official meeting with the head of the community.
During the meeting, the possibilities of creating cooperation routes, the prospects of developing programs with the Armenian community in the United Kingdom were discussed. The head of the community presented the works and changes made in the city during her term of office and talked about the city development vision and upcoming programs.
Ambassador Mr. John Gallagher expressed willingness to contribute to the implementation of the possible programs.
At the end of the meeting, the Ambassador visited the Historical and Ethnographic Museum and got acquainted with the exhibits. His Excellency paid special attention to the printing press gifted by Queen Victoria to Khrimyan Hayrik.
The printing press is a donation from Queen Victoria of the Great Britain to the Catholicos of All Armenians Mkrtich I (Khrimyan Hayrik). In 1893, the Queen decided to present a printing press to the newly elected Catholicos. And so, in 1894, the press was transferred by the Bible Society of the Great Britain to the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin printing house in Armenia. Later, it was moved to the city printing․
In 1982, the machine was transferred to the Historical and Ethnographic Museum, where it is carefully displayed until today.
The museum also displays the last issue of the city newspaper printed in 1981 with this machine.