IAD 2016- National Archives Fiji

International Archives Day (IAD) was celebrated on June 9, 2016 worldwide. However, The National Archives of Fiji decided to postpone their date to today and had an “Open Day” inviting all Fijians to come and learn about their archives. As luck would have it, I happened to be in Fiji and was able to capture the day with some photos that I’d like to share.

Here’s the Welcome tents in front of the Archives. Staff were preparing for the day’s activities…

 

 

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This next photo shows what was on display in the library. Lots of rare books that deal with Fijian History…

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Staff from the Conservation Room were giving examples on how they conserve records and also showed what kind of tools that they use…

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This next picture shows that guests were able to go into a certain area of the repository and look at some of the historic records that the Archives owns. No touching though!

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This next picture is a sample of the kind of records on display. These are records of the Plantation of Indentured Immigrants Collection 1879-1893 that was recently registered  with UNESCO’s Memory of the World Program…

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Kudos to the staff at the National Archives of Fiji who did a terrific job showcasing their collections, and sharing a little of Fiji’s history. They put a lot of time and effort into bringing their history and Fiji’s story to life, and I can’t wait to see what they do next year!

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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