Qatar National Library (QNL) signed a Letter of Intent with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) Wednesday to organise an exhibition to showcase Yemeni documentary heritage from May to July 2023.
The exhibition, supported by the Unesco office for the Gulf States and Yemen, will be built on QNL’s rich photography and manuscripts collection from Yemen and aims to raise awareness of the importance of protecting and preserving it.
Tan Huism, executive director QNL, said: “We are pleased to collaborate with Unesco to offer the public an opportunity to learn about Yemeni culture and heritage. QNL plays a significant role in increasing awareness and appreciation of local and regional heritage and has also been providing global access to knowledge across regional and international fronts.”
“With a treasure trove of some of the rarest and most valuable historical images and manuscripts from Yemen, we believe the exhibition will be a wonderful way for our communities to explore and engage with the cultural wealth of the country. The agreement is also an example of QNL’s efforts in raising awareness around the need for greater protection of the region’s documentary heritage,” she added.
Salah Khaled, director of the Unesco Doha Office for Gulf States and Yemen, said: “We are happy to pursue our longstanding partnership with Qatar National Library through the organisation of this exhibition, which will shed light on the importance of preserving and protecting Yemeni documentary heritage. Today, more than ever, documentary heritage institutions in Yemen need support and funding to ensure the preservation of their extraordinary cultural heritage that is under increasing risk.”
“We hope through this project, to raise awareness about the richness of the Yemeni heritage and highlight the importance and urgency of supporting initiatives that will have a direct impact on the preservation of documentary heritage,” he added.