04.10.2013 - UNESCO Office in Santiago

First documentary heritage preservation workshop to be held in Chile’s Bio-Bio Region

Participants in Concepción (Chile)

The main objective of the First Regional Workshop on Documentary Heritage Preservation: Experiences of Identity and Memory, is to exchange experiences and share knowledge on the capacities and needs of the Bio-Bio Region in the south of Chile. This free and open workshop is being organised by the Chilean National Memory of the World Committee and will be held on 7 and 8 November 2013 in the city of Concepción.


The goals of the meeting are to raise awareness in the existence and importance of documentary heritage and to promote communities’ protection and use of this heritage. It will be organised into plenary sessions and workshops, with the participation of experts who will discuss good practices in preserving documentation.

The workshop is aimed at professionals and technicians who work with heritage documents in public and municipal institutions, cultural organisations, non-governmental organisations, social agencies, etc. To attend this free workshop, fill out this registration form and send the information to mowchile@dibam.cl by Thursday 30 October. Space is limited.

This event is supported by UNESCO through the National Memory of the World Committee’s joint work with the National Library, Archive and Museum Bureau (DIBAM); the Steel Artists’ Cultural Foundation; the Concepción Museum of Natural History; the Concepción Historical Archive; and the Concepción University Photographic Archive.

Among the main activities are three workshops: one on archival guidelines for identifying and organising documentary heritage, another on how to prepare a file to apply for inclusion in UNESCO’s Memory of the World Registers and one on preventive conservation and recovery of documentary heritage in paper support.

Round table discussions will also be held on the following topics:

  • The contributions of documentary heritage to cultural development: regional capacities and needs;
  • Natural disasters and social impacts in preserving documentary heritage: prevention, response and recovery;
  • The significance of documentary heritage for local communities: experiences in rescue, enhancement and access.

What is the Memory of the World Programme?
The Memory of the World (MOW) Programme is an international initiative started by UNESCO in 1992 to facilitate preservation and access to the world’s documentary heritage and to raise awareness of its existence and importance. The programme is structured around national, regional and international committees that determine documentary heritage of national, regional and international importance, record it in a registry and provide it with a seal for identification. The committees also organise campaigns to raise society’s awareness of the risks this heritage faces and the actions needed to preserve and access it.

The Chilean National Committee was established in June 2001 and is a member of the Regional Memory of the World Committee for Latin America and the Caribbean—MOWLAC—together with Barbados, Brazil, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, Santa Lucia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Trinidad and Tobago, and Venezuela.

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