The virtual exhibition is dedicated to the project which, between November 2019 and December 2020, made it possible to preserve the collection of manuscripts of the Al Aqib library in Timbuktu.
A journey through the places of the project, to discover the library and the collection of manuscripts
Goals, phases of activities, people, institutions: The project in images
One of the milestones of the project: To pass on knowledge and know-how in the field of preservation
The range of activities carried out during the project
Preventive conservation explained through its materials
We've been through a lot ...
Supporting our team even from afar
“It doesn’t work”: emergency tutorial
No, it’s not a time machine. Conservation treatment does not cancel damages, nor stops the degradation of the support. But it can slow it down, and it allows you to mend the tears that could lead to the loss of fragments.
In Mali and in Italy
… but we don’t lose heart
How were the project tote bags printed?
ALIPH, International alliance for the protection of heritage in conflict areas, is a foundation which brings together states and private partners who have chosen to join forces to protect heritage in danger.
The University of Hamburg, Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures, and the Hill Museum and Manuscript Library (Minnesota, USA) have been active in Mali for many years and the collaboration with these institutions has been an added value of our project. Discover their research and digitization projects!
We thank all those who have contributed, with their work, to the success of the project and of the exhibition.
Project team, in alphabetical order:
Oumar Aquit Allimam, Al Akib Cissé, Mohamed Elmoctar Cissé, Ibrahim Nalion, Maria Luisa Russo, Saadou Amadou Traoré.
Project manager and instructor: Maria Luisa Russo.
Photographer: Nicolas Réméné.
Social media management: Jasmine Russo.
We thank Dmitry Bondarev (University of Hamburg) and Columba Stewart (Hill Museum and Manuscript Library) for the support always shown to the project; all members, supporters and followers of AMALIA for their contribution in promoting the activities of the association.
The exhibition deliberately includes pictures taken by a professional along with pictures taken by ourselves during the project. Because we are at work and not on a photographic set, and the sharp beauty of professionally taken photos must be accompanied by the genuine imprecision of pictures taken by people engaged in activities.
We thank all the collaborators who, during the project, took photographs and made them available to AMALIA.
Here the professional pictures taken by Nicolas Réméné