24.02.2019 - UNESCO Office in Doha

Book and manuscript conservators from the Arab region trained in Oman

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Conservation specialists from the Arab region learned about the latest best practices in the field of documentary heritage preservation during a training workshop organized by Qatar National Library, IFLA’s Regional Preservation and Conservation (PAC) Center, and the National Records & Archives Authority in Oman, in cooperation with UNESCO from 19-21 February 2019 in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman.

The three-day workshop was attended by book and manuscript conservation specialists from Qatar, Oman, Kuwait, Iran, and other countries. The workshop, entitled “Practical Methods for the Scientific Examination of Library Objects,” focused on technical photography of heritage collections and the technique of reflectance spectroscopy.

Technical photography represents a collection of images taken with a modified digital camera using different lighting sources and filters to acquire a selection of images, with each providing unique information about the object under examination. Reflectance spectroscopy is an effective technique in identifying pigments and reveals information vital to preserving historical items.

“We are delighted that experts from across the Arab region attended the workshop and learned about the latest skills and tools for preserving historical manuscripts. The session is more important than ever, as the preservation of valuable heritage in the region is facing several challenges such as limited resources and lack of technical expertise,” said Stephane Ipert, Preservation and Conservation Manager at Qatar National Library.

The workshop is part of a larger regional project between UNESCO and Qatar National Library to support the preservation of documentary heritage in the Arab world by mapping needs and challenges, providing capacity-building opportunities and enhancing knowledge and information sharing. 




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