ICAS Begins Work in the Solomon Islands

 I’m pleased to report that the British Solomon Islands Protectorate (BSIP) preservation project began this week and got off to a good start.

As you may recall, ICAS was awarded a grant to help preserver the BSIP Collection at the National Archives of Solomon Islands. The project will run until the end of the 2012.

Staff learned basic conservation techniques quickly, and thus, we made a great start to the project that will last the rest of the year.  Even frequent power outages did not prevent us from working with the collection. We simply used a flashlight to venture in to the dark and somewhat spooky (when it’s pitch black) repository to shelve and retrieve the boxes.

During this first week we completed approximately 144 boxes. Only about 750 boxes to go!

The town of Honiara is abuzz with hosting the Festival of Pacific Arts that takes place in July. Although new buildings are being constructed throughout the town, here are a couple picture of the main cultural village where most of the festival will be held:

 

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About islandculturearchivalsupport

Island Culture Archival Support (ICAS) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of records pertaining to the cultural identity of island peoples in Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia whose national and public archives, libraries, cultural centers, and business organizations are underprivileged, underfunded, and understaffed. The specific purpose for which this nonprofit corporation was formed is to support the needs of these South Pacific cultural heritage institutions by helping to preserve and make accessible records created for business, accountability or cultural purposes. The organization will endeavor to add value by providing resources or volunteers to advise, train, and work among island residents to support their efforts in building their future and preserving their collective memory through the use of modern archival techniques.
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