Conservation Training, Djenne
20 January 2011
On 21 January 2011, the Tombouctou Manuscripts Project hosted a conservation workshop for manuscript owners in the town of Djenne, Mali. The workshop was a follow-up to the Tombouctou Manuscript Project’s visit to Djenne in 2009, and is part of new work that the Project will be undertaking with the manuscript tradition of Djenne. The event was held at the Djenne Manuscript Library, with fifteen participants representing three separate libraries in the town. The workshop, conducted in English, French and Songhay, began with a discussion of the principles and importance of conservation, led by Shamil Jeppie, Carolyn Hamilton of the Archive and Public Culture Research Initiative at the University of Cape Town, and Pippa Skotnes of the Centre for Curating the Archive, also based at UCT. Following the discussions Fousseyni Kouyate of SAVAMA-DCI, Timbuktu, facilitated a practical session on manuscript conservation with the participants.