- Help for Iraq
In summer 2014 a Chaldean church archive from the 11th century was rescued from the war in Mosul and brought to a safe place within the country. It had been a dramatic rescue. As cars were not allowed into safe territories, people went by foot and saved their lives and parts of their/our history.
In autumn 2015 the initiator of the rescue action was in Austria and asked for help for the valuable written heritage. Conservators without Frontiers sent a conservator to Iraq.
It was a joint action with ICARUS
At the moment we are preparing the second Iraq project. We hope to be able to collect some money in the course of our events in monasteries and museums.
Donation Activities: "Survey for free"
Now, that CoVid pandemic is virtually passed we have a new co-operation with several Austrian Monasteries where citicens can present their books (cook books, family albums, bibles and the like) and get for free recommendations on how to store and handle/preserve them. They are invited to make a donation to the association.
We plan to make a book on preventive measures in the case of armed conflicts. Anyone who is willing to contribute is invited to send an e-mail to Patricia Engel.
We plan to perform an online conference bringing together reports on prvious activities to protect written heritage and mitigate damage from armed conflict. We thought of inviting colleagues from former
Jugoslavia, from Armenia, Ukraie, Syria and elsewhere; possibly we will perform this activity in co-operation with ICA (International Council on Archives).