Visiting Amsterdam with Lt Col Muhammad Lutful Haq
August 30, 2010, 11:17 pm
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August 27, picking up Lt. Col Muhammad Lutful Haq 10.00 o´clock in Hoofddorp, The Netherlands, for a visit to our capital. Md Lutful Haq, board member of BARMS (Bangladesh Archives and Record Management) is in The Netherlands to participate in the International Congress Archives without Borders, August 30 – 31, where he´ll present his paper Right to Information Act and Record Management System in Bangladesh in the parallel session Human Rights and Archives on the first day of the congress. Big opportunity for visiting interesting spots and institutions in The Netherlands during his stay. One of the spots is the Olympic Stadion in Amsterdam, the so called Olympic Experience, the visit being related to Lutfuls interest to set up sports archives in Rajshahi specifically for education of Bangladesh youth. There is no big sports culture in Bangladesh nowadays and this has to change for sports means health. After a short break in the Tulip museum, a curiously little museum in the surroundings of The Anne Frank House, we continue to the International Institute of Social History, where we have an appointment with professor Willem van Schendel of the Asia Department. Showing Lutful and me the archival repository of the institute and after searching the catalogue for sportsinformation, we have a good conversation on possible projects in Bangladesh and the need for networking with NGO´s when on location. My intention being to depart for Bangladesh January 2011, when Floor Geraedts is there too for his 11th visit. The trip to Amsterdam ending with a visit to the wax museum Md Tussauds near The Dam. With our national monument on the background I take my last picture of Lutful, before heading to Central Station and back home.
Sigfried Janzing

Me and Lutful on the greens of The Olympic Stadion

Md Lutful Haq and the history of the Dutch Olympic Summer Games 1928

Posters of the subsequent Games

Gold, silver and bronze...

At the entrance of the Olympic Stadion

Md Lutful Haq an professor Willem van Schendel in the archival repository of the IISH

... and looking for sports archives in the catalogue

Lutful, Willem and me

Lutful sitting in front of The Dam

Congress Archives Without Borders, The Hague, Netherlands, August 2010

VVBAD, the Flemish association for archivists and librarians, and KVAN, the Dutch association for archivists, are holding an international congress titled Archives without Borders on August 30 and 31, 2010 in the Peace Palace in The Hague, The Netherlands. This Congress commemorates the first international archives conference, which took place in Brussels a century ago in 1910.
The Congress will focus on the importance of archives for good governance in an international context, where their significance transcends national boundaries in the globalized information society. Sessions will be organized on the themes ‘Archival Solidarity’, ‘Human Rights and Archives’, ‘Cross-border Archives’, and ‘Archives: Formation of the Nation State and National Identity’. Archives without Borders is supported by the Nationaal Archief in The Hague, The Netherlands, and by the Section of Professional Associations of the International Council on Archives (ICA/SPA).

Representatives of Bangladesh/BARM Society will attend the congress and hold a speech:

Muhammad Lutful Haq (Bangladesh) – ‘Right to Information Act and Record Management System in Bangladesh
Sharif Uddin Ahmed (Bangladesh) – ‘The Bangladesh Archives and Records Management Society’