14.02.2008 -

UNESCO's Communities and Memories Conference to be held in Australia

The Third International Conference of the UNESCO Memory of the World Programme, under the theme "Communities and Memories: a global perspective", will be held from 19 to 22 February 2008 at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra, Australia.

The conference will provide an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of this successful 15-year old programme, identify its shortcomings and propose improvements. It is held in association with a symposium on Intangible Cultural Heritage on 18 February and is preceded by a meeting of the Regional Memory of the World Committee for the Asia-Pacific Region (MOWCAP) on 17 and 18 February.


Organized by the Australian Memory of the World Committee, the Conference will bring together experts from different parts of the world and from institutions at different stages of development. They will share experience with a view to maximizing the potential impact of the Programme and extending its outreach to all communities and cultures.


The purpose of the Conference is to debate issues that require further attention in order to enhance cooperation among all Memory of the World Programme stakeholders including librarians, archivists, historians and museum curators. The Conference programme revolves around five key topics:

  • Memory of the World in the UNESCO framework: examining its status within UNESCO and its relationship to other UNESCO activities;
  • Global, regional and national perspectives: reviewing the effectiveness of the international, national and regional programmes;
  • Preservation and access: taking a fresh look at the socio-technical and socio-cultural aspects of preservation and access and their role in Memory of the World;
  • Sustaining the programme: exploring ideas, strategies and experiences to assist the growth of the Memory of the World;
  • Evaluating success: identifying gaps, inconsistencies and inequities in the programme and proposing solutions.

The Conference programme includes tours to Canberra cultural institutions, a journey by historic train to Bungendore and workshops on 22 February dealing with: disaster preparedness, preservation planning, preparing a Memory of the World nomination, setting up a Memory of the World committee and website.


More detailed information is available on the <a target=_blank href="http://www.amw.org.au/mow2008/mow/mow2008.htm">Conference website</a>.

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