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Friday 24 November 2017
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Archives Awareness Week begins today

THE NAT IONAL Archives of Trinidad and Tobago (NATT ) will stage its fourth annual Archives Awareness Week beginning today until Friday.

This week-long series of activities, is considered the NATT ’s signature outreach event as it aims to engage communities, schools and the public, encourage greater awareness of our history and promote the value of records and archives as well as the role and function of this division which is part of the Ministry of Communications.

The theme of this year’s event is “Honouring our Industrial Roots; Sugar, Cocoa, Asphalt and Oil”, through which the National Archives will focus on the historical, social and economic significance of these industries to our nation. An exhibition will also be mounted to highlight this theme, using documentary evidence from NATT ’s holdings while working in close collaboration with experts and organisations that specialise in these industries, said a media release from the Ministry of Communications.

The week will commence with a formal launch today at which Communications Minister Maxie Cuffie is expected to deliver the feature address. Dr Jerome Teelucksingh, lecturer, Department of History, at the University of the West Indies (UWI), will deliver the opening address.

Other activities which will take place during the week are an open house/information village; a quiz for schoolchildren; a panel discussion; and professional activities which include three one-day training workshops in the areas of archives, records and conservation management.

Tomorrow’s activities are: 8 am - 4 pm: Open day, exhibition, information village; 9 am - 1- pm: Quiz for Forms 1-3 secondary school students;

Wednesday: Search Room Closed 9 am - 3 pm: Professional Day at Old Fire Station:- Topic: Conservation Management:- “Methods of treating documents;” Records Management:- Legislation and Record Keeping at National Archives Search Room; Archival Management: Arranging and Describing Collections;

Thursday 8 am - 4 pm: Exhibition 9 am – 11 am: Panel Discussion: The significance of Sugar, Cocoa, Asphalt and Oil to our National Development.

Panellists: Victor Young On, president, Petroleum Historical Society; Frances Bekele, Cocoa Research Centre, UWI; Professor Brinsley Samaroo; Asphalt Representative (TBC);

Friday 8 am - 4 pm: exhibition 9 am - 3 pm: Family History Session.

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