Manuscripts are a very valuable primary source and proof of the cultural heritage of a nation and society of a country. Therefore, awareness on its importance need to be enhanced in ensuring that the collection of the nation’s intellectual and cultural heritage are safe and in perfect condition for the references of present and future generations.
The matter was explained by the Acting Director of Museums at the opening of the Manuscript Basic Conservation and Digita-Lisation Workshop, this morning. Organized by the Preservation and Repair Division, Museums department and the National Archives, the workshop took place at the National Archives Building.
Present was Doctor Siti Norkhalbi binti Haji Wahsalfelah, Deputy Permanent Secreatary of, Culture, Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports. According to Pengiran Hajah Mahani binti Pengiran Haji Ahmad, Acting Director of Museums, rescuing and managing valuable treasures is not an easy task. Lack of tools also resulted in the manuscript taking a long time to be preserved. Further complicating matters are, the unavailability of laboratory, skilled staff and experts in the related fields. She added, this resulted in enormous losses as the valuable manuscript becomes more damaged. Therefore, the workshop acts as a bridge between participants in conservation according to the passage of information technology in balancing the security and condition of the manuscript.
The workshop will end on the 3rd of October. It is filled with various programs, specializing in manuscript conservation and Digita-Lisation. Held for the third time, the workshop focuses on the preservation of paper materials leading to the preservation of manuscripts. 29 participants from several government institutions were exposed to the theoretical and practical basis of paper conservation. This includes conducting several visits, namely to the Preservation and Repair Division, Department of Museums; Language and Literature Bureau; and Penborneo, History Center.
Source: Radio Television Brunei