Fourth International Conference on the Memory of the World

18-21 May 2011, Warsaw, Poland

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Medieval scriptorium - Memory of Poland Project

The Fourth International Conference of the UNESCO Memory of the World Programme took place in Warsaw, Poland, from 18 to 21 May 2011.

It was jointly organized by the Polish National Commission for UNESCO, the Polish Committee of the Memory of the World Programme, the Head Office of State Archives and the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.

The 4th Conference owed its origins to the recommendations of the 3rd International Conference which was held in Canberra, Australia, in 2008, and sought to improve the functioning of the Programme. This Conference explored the theme “Culture – Memory – Identities” over three-and-a-half days in the Polish capital, in the presence of the leading experts on different aspects of the preservation of documentary heritage from around the world, as well as other professionals active in the area of history and culture.

Participants discussed in detail the status and further development of the Memory of the World Programme, as well as reflected on the contemporary issues that the Programme must address in the fields of preservation, promotion and accessibility. Primary consideration was given to the Programme’s role in preserving our collective memory and identity, while ensuring their transmission to future generations.

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