This intiaitive is a multi-year programme to support the State Board of Antiquities and Heritage (SBAH) - an institution of the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Antiquities - and to safeguard its 47,000 rare books and manuscripts, the largest collection in Iraq.
Liwan is a leading partner in the Iraqi Manuscripts Initaitive, a programme that works to protect, safeguard and celebrate the House of Manuscript's collection. Protected in 2003 by local communities, this collection is considered the largest in Iraq, and now housed and protected at the Iraqi Museum in Baghdad.
The Iraqi Manuscripts Initiative was borne from a SBAH/House of Manuscripts and Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF) joint effort to work together across a number of fields, including digitisation, capacity building, conservation and planning. It focuses on building the capacities of SBAH's staff and experts through the development of long-term planning and support.
The Iraqi Manuscripts Initiative was launched on 17th October 2022 at the Donny George Hall, Iraqi Museum Library in Baghdad. The partnership was signed between BnF and SBAH and was supported by the French Embassy and the Italian Embassy.
View the House of Manuscripts plans to establish a new building in central Baghdad to house its collections and to make them accessible to researchers and the general public.
A ten minute presentation in Arabic of the work of the House of Manuscripts in Baghdad. Prepared by State Board of Antiquities and Heritage.