01.10.2018 - UNESCO Office in Jakarta

UNESCO and Sabah State Archives discuss Memory of the World

Safeguarding the Memory of the World

“The Pink File” and “Lunguyan Stone” were some of the documentary heritage highlighted during a workshop on “Memory of the World Nomination Process and Requirement” which took place in Kota Kinabalu at the auspice of the Sabah State Archives on 27 September.

The workshop initiated by the state archive saw the participation of representatives from memory institutions in the State of Sabah including the Sabah State Archives, state library, state museum, indigenous community association, as well as the state tourism board, and teacher-training institute as well as local universities.

As part of the workshop, participants proposed various documentary heritage that could potentially be submitted to the MOW Register. Among the potential documentary heritage highlighted included the “Pink File” which is a set of 1500 administrative instructional files left by the British to the newly formed state government at the time. The “Pink Files”, so named for the colour of the paper used, had survived World War II as well as a fire that had destroyed many other valuable documentary heritage. It became the foundation of the Sabah State Archives.

The “Lunguyan Stone” was another potential documentary heritage highlighted. It contained inscriptions made over a long period of time by different people from the local community. The stone’s precise age is unknown but has long captured the imagination of the local community.

Dr. Ming-Kuok LIM, the Advisor for Communication and Information of UNESCO Office in Jakarta provided the training during the one-day workshop. Dr. Lim presented an overview of the different heritage programmes in UNESCO with a focus on the Memory of the World (MOW) programme including the MOW Register. He guided the participants through the various criteria in order to be considered for the MOW Register. The implementation of the “UNESCO 2015 Recommendation concerning the preservation of, and access to, documentary heritage including in digital form” was also discussed.

The Memory of the World Register lists documentary heritage which has been recommended by the International Advisory Committee and endorsed by the Director-General of UNESCO, as corresponding to the selection criteria regarding world significance and outstanding universal value.

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