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18 December 2007
On 10 December 2007, the joint board of the Federal Archival Service of Russia (Rosarkhiv) and the Department of Archives and Records Management of the Ministry of Justice of Belarus (Department) held a session to discuss three issues:
1. Records preservation practices in the archival institutions of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus.
2. Plan of joint actions of the Federal Archival Service and the Department of Archives and RM, 2004–2006.
3. Plan of joint actions of the Federal Archival Service and the Department of Archives and RM, 2008–2010.

The participants of the session noted that the archival services in these countries conduct step-by-step activities for strengthening the material and technical base of the archives, provide organizational and scholarly guidance for ensuring optimum storage and preservation of archival holdings. At the same time a large number of issues are yet to be solved in the area of the technological strengthening of the archives; the amount of special processing and arrangement of archival holdings is to be increased, etc. The joint board made a decision on mutual exchange of organizational and guidance documents concerning records preservation, the study and exchange of best practices in records restoration and the creation of security copies for archival documents, as well as conducting the joint workshop for issues of security copies.

It was noted that all the activities set in the Plan of joint actions between the Rosarkhiv and the Department for 2004–2006 have been fulfilled. The Plan of joint actions between the Rosarkhiv and the Department for 2008–2010 has been adopted.
11 December 2007
On 28 November 2007, the National Historical Archives of Belarus in Minsk held a meeting dedicated to the international exchange of copies of documents between the Central Early Records Archives in Warsaw, Poland and the National Historical Archives of Belarus in Minsk.

The Central Early Records Archives in Warsaw handed over to National Historical Archives of Belarus in Minsk copies of documents on the history of Belarus from the collection "The Radziwill Princes" dating from the 17th to 19th centuries. The National Historical Archives of Belarus, in its turn, passed to Poland copies of documents on the history of Podlasie from the collection "The Bransk Town Court" dating from the 16th and 17th centuries.
30 November 2007
The second edition of "The Grand Duchy of Lithuania. Encyclopaedia in two volumes" came out at the "Belarusian Encyclopaedia" Publishers.

Among the authors of the encyclopaedia are the archive specialists from the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus, the National Historical Archives of Belarus, the Belarusian Research Centre of Electronic Records, and the Belarusian Research Institute of Records Management and Archival Studies, who wrote 1,338 articles for the encyclopaedia. The encyclopaedia includes articles relating to the researchers into the history of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, the Belarusian archivists E. K. Anischenko, G. Ya. Golenchenko, V. N. Denisov, V. L. Nosevich, A. E. Rybakov, S. A. Rybchonak, and D. L. Yatskevich.

The compiler of the encyclopaedia is V. S. Pozdnyakov, head of archaeography department at the Belarusian Research Institute of Records Management and Archival Studies.
30 November 2007
On 20 November 2007, the republic-level seminar "Territorial Heraldry of Belarus: issues in reconstructing historical coats of arms and flags, establishing new heraldic symbols, and their state registration" was held at the Department of Archives and Records Management of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Belarus.

The seminar has addressed a number of professional issues, noticing that the modern heraldry of Belarus draws on the centuries-long historical, heraldic and cultural traditions of the Belarusian people and other European nations. At present 163 coats of arms and 99 flags of the administrative and territorial entities in Belarus have been included in the State Heraldic Register.

The report delivered by Viacheslav Nosevich, director at the Belarusian Research Centre of Electronic Records, member of the Heraldry Council, accentuated the uniqueness and specificity of the Belarusian heraldry which is rooted as early as in the Middle Ages.
30 November 2007
On 1 November 2007, an exhibition "The Origins of the Belarusian Soviet Architecture" dedicated to the 105th anniversary of the birth of Aleksander Petrovich Voinov, one of the first architects in soviet Belarus, founder of the national architecture school, and one of the founders of design science in Belarus, was opened at the Belarusian State Archives of Scientific and Technical Documentation. The exhibition makes known the documents held at this Archives in the personal collection of the architect.
The exhibition also posts the photos of various designs and buildings which have shaped the architectural outlook of the Belarusian towns and in which construction Aleksander Voinov took active part. Among these are the Palace of Pioneers, the Central Party School, the Institute of Physical Education, the buildings of the party town and region executive committees, an airport building, and the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Belarus Building (now Administration of President of the Republic of Belarus).
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