Ethiopian National Archives Agency, British Library Sign MoU to Advance Cooperation

Ethiopian National Archives and British Library MOU
The Ethiopian National Archives Agency signed a Memorandum of Understanding with The British Library. Photo: Facebook/MFAEthiopia

Minister of Culture and Tourism, H.E. Dr. Hirut Kassaw, on behalf of the Ethiopian National Archives Agency, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with The British Library on Wednesday (March 20). 

The agreement will see the two institutions foster greater collaboration, research, capacity building and knowledge exchange.

Ethiopian National Archives and British Library MOU
The agreement will see the two institutions foster greater collaboration, research, capacity building and knowledge exchange. Photo: Facebook/MFAEthiopia

During her visit to The British Library, Dr. Hirut was welcomed by the Library’s Chief Executive Roly Keating and staff from the Curative and Collections departments.

The Minister and her delegation, which included Ambassador Fesseha and the Director of the National Museum of Ethiopia, were also given a tour of The British Library Centre for Conservation, and also viewed a selection of the Library’s Ethiopian manuscripts collection.

Ethiopian National Archives and British Library MOU
The Minister and her delegation were also given a tour of The British Library Centre for Conservation. Photo: Facebook/MFAEthiopia

The manuscripts are being digitised as part of the ‘Heritage Made Digital’ project, which aims to digital more than 250 manuscripts from their collection, some of which are already available online.

While thanking the Library for the donation of digitised manuscripts from their collection, the Minister also formally requested the return of the manuscripts to Ethiopia.

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