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Professor dr. Md. Mahbubur Rahman from Rajshahi University Bangladesh, meeting with Dutch archivists in the Municipal Archives of Rotterdam, december 22
December 31, 2008, 10:29 am
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December 22, the Municipal Archives of Rotterdam was the meetingpoint for professor dr. Md. Mahbubur Rahman (Mahabub) from Rajshahi University, Secretary of the BARM Society, with Dutch archivists. Present were dr. F.J. (Fred) van Kan (Chairman of the Royal Dutch Association of Archivists), Theo Schelhaas (Solidarity Foundation Heemstede), Sigfried Janzing, Yvonne Bos-Rops, René Spork, Florus Geraedts (BARM-members) and mrs. Tamara van Zwol (on behalf of the ASHA, BARM donor and on behalf of the Cultural Heritage Institution of the province of South-Holland). Professor Mahbubur was especially welcomed by mrs. J. Steenhuis, director of the Rotterdam Archives. We discussed the importance of the Right to Information Ordinance in Bangladesh and of course we talked about the training of archivists in Bangladesh. Good governance and cultural heritage are two angles to raise awareness for the need of keeping archives on a high level. The National Archives of Bangladesh is an important player in the field and in BARM Society. Prof. Mahbubur explained the important role of his Heritage Room in Rajshahi for the preservation of archives. Promotion will get a stimulus with the opening of the website of the Heritage Room wich is planned for March 2009. Mr. Van Kan, who is also a member of SPA/ICA, pointed the BARM Society’s attention to the importance of becoming member of SPA in the ICA. Mr. Van Kan  promised moral support from his association. Furthermore we discussed financial support of the Heritage Room. René Spork showed professor Mahbubur the Rotterdam Archives repository and in the evening we went all for a diner, wich for Mahbubur was “his last supper” for next day, December 23, he departed again to Bangladesh. We received message of Mahbubur of his good arrival in Bangla. 

Director mrs. J. (Jantje) Steenhuis welcoming professor dr. Md. Mahbubur Rahman

Director mrs. J. (Jantje) Steenhuis welcoming professor dr. Md. Mahbubur Rahman

Drs. René Spork form the Municipal Archives of Rotterdam, showing dr. Md. Mahbubur Rahman examples of archival storage during the tour in the repository

Drs. René Spork form the Municipal Archives of Rotterdam, showing dr. Md. Mahbubur Rahman examples of archival storage during the tour in the repository

 

Dr. Md. Mahbubur Rahman reading old Dutch handwritings! René Spork helping him and drs. Floor Geraedts and drs. Tamara van Zwol watching with interest

Dr. Md. Mahbubur Rahman reading old Dutch handwritings! René Spork helping him and drs. Floor Geraedts and drs. Tamara van Zwol watching with interest

 

Drs. S.M.J. (Sigfried) Janzing showing dr. Md. Mahbubur Rahman the Bangla Blog.

Drs. S.M.J. (Sigfried) Janzing showing dr. Md. Mahbubur Rahman the Bangla Blog.

Sigfried Janzing, Mahbubur Rahman, Yvonne Bos-Rops, René Spork, Tamara van Zwol, Theo Schelhaas and Fred van Kan. Florus Geraedts taking the picture.

From left to right: Sigfried Janzing, Mahbubur Rahman, Yvonne Bos-Rops, René Spork, Tamara van Zwol, Theo Schelhaas and Fred van Kan. Florus Geraedts taking the picture.

Our Dutch BARM leader drs. Florus Geraedts.

Our Dutch BARM leader drs. Florus Geraedts.

Dining with dr. Md. Mahbubur Rahman at the Blue Elephant, Rotterdam

Dining with dr. Md. Mahbubur Rahman at the Blue Elephant, Rotterdam

It was nice meeting you Mahbubur! Thank you for your visit to our country and to Rotterdam.

It was nice meeting you Mahbubur! Thank you for your visit to our country and to Rotterdam.

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professor Mahbubur Rahman on tour in The Netherlands
December 21, 2008, 12:23 pm
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Professor dr. Md. Mahbubur Rahman (Mahabub) from Rajshahi University, Secretary of the BARM Society, is visiting the Netherlands at this moment. His program concentrates on a conference of the International Institute of Social History (IISH), Amsterdam. He is special guest of professor dr. H.W. van Schendel, head of the Asia Department of this IISH and expert on the history of Bangladesh. Part of Mahabub’s program in the Netherlands is visiting important Dutch Archival institutes like the City Archives of Amsterdam (the world’s largest Municipal Archives) and the Municipal Archives of Rotterdam. Furthermore Mahabub will be special guest in the meeting with the Dutch BARM group under the Association of South Holland Archivists (ASHA – KZHA: Kring van Zuid Hollandse Archivarissen, transl.) and the Solidarity Foundation Heemstede. The ASHA is supporting the BARMprogram in Bangladesh since 1999 in order to stimulate the archival development in Bangladesh. Monday 22 of december, the BARMgroup: Mrs. Els van den Bent, Mrs. Yvonne Bos-Rops, Mr. Theo Schelhaas, Mr. Sigfried Janzing and Mr. René Spork will show dr. Mahbubur Rahman the Municipal Archives of Rotterdam and discuss further proceedings of the BARM Society. Special attention will be given to the BARM Society’s Constitution, the working program and the planned BARM Seminar in Rajshahi in March 2009. Furthermore there will be discussions with dr. Fred van Kan, president of the Royal Association of Archivists in the Netherlands (KVAN, Koninklijke Vereniging van Archivarissen in Nederland, translat.). The KVAN is interested in cooperation with the BARM Society. Recently dr. Meena Gautam (deputy director of National Archives of India and director of the Indian School for Archival Studies) visited the Netherlands and was impressed about the quality of the National Archives in The Hague. Mr. Elias Miah, studying at the School for Archival Studies in Delhi since 6 November 2008 (a one year Diploma Course on Archives and Recordsmanagement, supported by the BARMgroup Netherlands) is making good progress. Our Dutch colleagues (archivists and historians) are delighted to meet Dr Mahbubur Rahman and are admiring his work in BARM, particularly as founder and director of the Heritage Archives in Rajshahi.