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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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