National Archives of Vanuatu Opens!

Good news-

Vanuatu now has a permanent facility to safeguard the country’s rich and diverse history!

The new National Library and National Archives of Vanuatu building officially opened on August 23, 2013. The building was a gift from Australia on the 30th anniversary of Vanuatu’s independence, and is located adjacent to the Cultural Center in Port Vila.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA model of the new National Library and National Archives (building on right)

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Prime Minister Moana Carcasses, believes the new National Library and National Archives building will be widely welcomed and visited often. He added, “Our written records have not had the attention they deserve… the vision was to create a building to house, protect and conserve this large national documentary cultural heritage, while at the same time to include a national space for contemporary and other visual arts.”

Also speaking at the ceremony was the Australian High Commissioner, Jeremy Bruer, who stated, “These walls will protect the memories, stories, and identity of this country.”

I know that the small library and archives staff have been working beyond the call of duty over the past couple years in preparation of this new building. I would just like to express a hearty congratulations to these dedicated and hard-working individuals!

When I receive pictures of this building, I will definitely share them.

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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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