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Fine manuscripts 3-week workshop held in National Archive

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Fine manuscripts 3-week workshop held in National Archive

 The first 3-week workshop – Cataloging & Manuscripts was held in Kabul, under the National Archive initiation, with four teachers from two U.S. Universities training the staff on how to protect and list fine manuscripts of the cultural foundation (National Archive.)

A French professor of manuscripts and trainer of the workshop, Frances Richard told the participants that the workshop was held to help them how to list the manuscripts and the employees had been trained on how to catalog the fine manuscripts remained from ancient eras and advised for their protection for the years coming. Pointing to the importance of the workshop, the trainer said needed awareness on listing the Afghanistan’s cultural treasuries are expected to be provided to the attendees and well advised how to protect them in the archive stocks. “I understood that here [in the national archive], the staff are expert in their routine works, but at the first day of the workshop, the participants have been trained how to manage and arrange the manuscripts including different books; Dari, Pashto and other history books, collections and albums for the schools and universities, as well as they were professionally trained how to protect the listed works,” said Richard.
He said he congratulated the people of Afghanistan for trying their best to protect the ancient manuscripts, but hoped they could do their best in repairing, controlling the level of humidity and protection of the works as well. “He advised for using the books, not the original manuscripts but digitally to may not harm them.”
He also noted that a digital center had been installed in the national archive, where it could help repair the books and help the books further protected and promised to provide cooperation with the archive in further cultural works.
Directress of the National Archive, Masuma Nazari also said the four trainers from the two U.S. universities have been invited, with all expenses prepared by the U.S. University and the French embassy for the 4-week workshop, during which the participants have been professionally taught how to professionally get learned of codicology, listing and cataloging as well as how to protect the manuscripts.
She said the national archive could directly learn from the world experienced trainers how to improve their skills and keep connected with them for help in the future.
About 7500 manuscripts, remained from the first hijri century talented calligraphists, have been lodged in the national archive that could be called the country’s cultural and historical capitals of the Afghan people, she said.
She also said the documentary letters should be protected, as the history of art and the history of culture had link to the government of Afghanistan, where artists had been highly admired.
She complained about lack of the related Afghan experienced cadres inside Afghanistan, lack of departments for protection of manuscripts, insufficient budget, lack of standard stocks, modern laboratories and other essentials and a big building for the archive.
About the achievements, the national archive gained, Mrs. Nazari pointed to the positive change in the staff formation, creation of department for repairing the works, holding training workshops for the staffs, improvement of the work environment, building bulletproof gates for protection of the works, provision of work equipment and drawing attentions of the donors. Sayed Amin Mansoori, a trainer in Mashhad University briefed about, and said 400 out of 8000 manuscripts, with the Quranic ones backing between 3 to 14 centuries, have been searched and selected, on which the workshop’s participants had been provided with full details.
Manager for conservation and restoration of the national archive, Mohammad Munir Alemi called holding such workshops the most important measure for capacity building of the staffs in the work areas and asked for continuation of the process in the future.
Shukria Kohistani