History and Folklore Research Society Bangladesh makes “Roots” available online
February 18, 2011, 9:17 pm
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History and Folklore Research Society has decided to make its monthly journal
ROOTS available online. The society has maintained uninterrupted publication of
ROOTS every month for many years. ROOTS is one of the best history and folklore
research journals in Bangladesh. It is respected for the standard of scholarship and
research it has maintained throughout these long years and the specialized
fare it has provided particularly in the area of culture, history & heritage,
including leading historians and archaeologists bring fresh insights
and perspectives into the personalities and events of the past. Its
contributors include some of the most prominent names in the area of
its specialization. It has trained and nurtured generations of researchers,
authors and writers. More information: see link Roots Bangladesh.

Launching of Train of Trainers Records Management (TTRM) Programme at National Archives Bangladesh
February 7, 2011, 11:06 pm
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January 31 – February 1, 2011, Bangladesh Archives and Records Management Society (BARMS) organized the launching of the Bangladesh Train of Trainers Records Management programme, which is an e-learning programme developped in Moodle environment (open source). Place of action was National Archives Bangladesh in Dhaka. Official programme started at 10.00 with announcement of Lt. Col. Lutful Haq, welcome address by Professor Sharif uddin Ahmed and addresses by Torill Torlen (archivist Statistics Norway), Sigfried Janzing (director / achivist Regional Archives Gouda, Netherlands) and Florus Geraedts (director / archivist Leidschendam-Voorburg, Netherlands). At 11.30 the two days training programme started, conducted by Torill Torlen, Sigfried Janzing and Florus Geraedts which aimed to train a number of Bangladesh trainees to become trainers themselves. The Bangladesh project is closely linked to the Campaign for the Right to Information Act (CTRI). Twenty future trainers of different organizations (BRAC Bank Ltd., National Archives and Library, Dutch-Bangla Bank, BAPEX, Opsonin Pharma, Heritage Archives Rajshahi) participated in the two days programme. Important part of the launching of the TTRM was the introduction of the candidates themselves because with the introduction they were asked to formulate their training needs. This is essential to adapt the Moodle programme to Bangladesh Needs. The Bangladesh TTRM project is part of an international TTRM project of the International Council on Archives (ICA – Unesco), and is developped by Thijs Laeven (advisor and trainer) and Peter Horsman (researcher and lecturer at Department of Archives- and Library Sciences, University of Amsterdam, UVA). Topics of the two days session were furthermore an ARM outline, from teaching to learning, getting acquainted with Moodle, electronic recordkeeping etc. Important result was the creation of a forum by the candidates themselves (in facebook) to discuss and help each other with ARM related problems.
Sigfried Janzing

Launching TTRM


Teachers and trainees

Visit Boro Khuti, Rajshahi, North-West Bangladesh, January 28
February 1, 2011, 5:02 pm
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Friday 28 of Februari, Florus and I were welcomed by mayor Khairuzzaman Liton of Rajshahi City Corporation at his office to speak about the reconstruction of the Dutch Silk Factory Boro Kuthi (17th century) and the need of technical expertise from abroad (architects, constructors). Mayor Khairuzzaman wants to create in this historic building a Dutch-Bengal heritage centre and tourist spot alongside the Padma River (Ganges). Present were too Lt. Col. Md. Lutful Haq and Mj. Ferdous Rana. Our advice was to start with a smal scale reconstruction of most urgent parts, with garden rehabilitation and tearing down of modern defence wall. Seek local, regional and national commitment, inform potential partners (Embassies of the Netherlands and Brittain, ICOMOS, Erfgoed Nederland, Unesco, Heritage Group of Chincura West Bengal e.s.o.) on progresses and organize little events on this spot to show local polulation the progresses of reconstruction and rehabilitation. Further more write a masterplan and plan for exploitation of Boro Kuthi as museum, conference centre, promenade garden with hotel and restaurant, and start a two years research about the history of this Dutch building: in Bangladesh (Rajshahi DCRR, RCC-archives and NAB), UK (India Office and Brittish Library) and Netherlands (VOC-archives, National Archives). This will create growing awareness among population, decissionmakers and potential partners for big scale reconstruction. ICOMOS-NL has shown interest in delivering expertise for reconstruction.
Sigfried Janzing

After talks we were taken by mayor Khairuzzaman to Boro Kuthi, which indeed is located on a beautiful spot alogside the Padma River. For a first glimpse of this historical building see pictures. Friday 4th of Febrauri we shall visit Boro Kuthi for a second time and have further talkings.

Conversations with mayor Khairuzzaman Liton, Rajshahi City Corporation

On our way to Boro Kuthi

Historical Boro Kuthi, former Dutch Silk Factory

Detail Boro Kuthi, "Dutch Tower"

Inside Boro Kuthi

Inside Boro Kuthi

In conversation with mayor Khairuzzaman

Padma river (Ganges)