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28 November 2014
On 27 November 2014 Director of the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Republic of Belarus V. Adamushko had a meeting with Chairman of St. Petersburg Archival Committee S. Shtukova, where they discussed issues of cooperation between archivists in Belarus and St. Petersburg. The meeting was held as part of the visit of St. Petersburg delegation headed by Governor G. Poltavchenko in the Republic of Belarus.

During the visit S. Shtukova visited the National Historical Archives of Belarus and the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus, where she got acquainted with the practices of Belarusian archivists.


Chair of St. Petersburg Archival Committee Ms Shtukova visits National Archives of the Republic of Belarus


Chair of St. Petersburg Archival Committee Ms Shtukova visits National Historical Archives of Belarus


27 November 2014
On 26 November 2014 the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry of the Republic of Belarus held a board meeting to discuss the following issues:

1. On the acquisition of electronic records and information resources at the state archival institutions;

2. On the results of remaking lists No 1 and No 2 of organizations who are, or are not, the sources of records acquisition at the regional and local state archives.

11 November 2014
On 20-21 October 2014 the 24th Conference of International Archival Day took place in Trieste (Italy), which was organised by the International Institute for Archival Science of Trieste and Maribor (IIAS).

The Conference was attended by nearly 100 people from Australia, Austria, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Great Britain, Hungary, Germany, Greece, Spain, Italy, Macedonia, Poland, Russia, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey, Ukraine, France, Croatia, Montenegro, Czechia, Switzerland and Estonia.

The welcome speech was delivered by David Leitch, Secretary General of the International Council on Archives (ICA), who informed the participants on the key directions in the ICA and the results of the Second ICA Annual Conference held on 13-15 October 2014 in Girona, Spain.

Charles Kecskemeti, former Secretary General of the ICA and honoured member of the IIAS delivered a summary of the papers presented at the 2013 conference and published in Atlanti 2013.

 Director of Belarusian Research Institutes of Records Management and Archival Science Andrei Rybakov delivers report at the Conference The conference reports were focused on the four main topics: “Archives and Human Rights”, “Access and Legal Requirements (Copyright and Data Protection)”, “Advocacy and Outreach”, “Education”.

Giulia Barrera, Director General of Italian Archives delivered a presentation on the Draft European Regulation on protection of personal data and its impact on archives.

Andrei Rybakov, Director of Belarusian Research Institutes of Records Management and Archival Science delivered a report-presentation “Education and Training of Professional Archivists and Records Managers in Belarus (in English).

Following the conference, the 30th Assembly of IIAS Members took place on 21st October with the participation of D. Leitch and IIAS Executive Committee. The Assembly heard the report on IIAS activities in 2013-2014, discussed the acceptance of new members (representatives of Hungary and Czechia have been accepted to IIAS, and representatives of Kazakhstan and South Africa are expected to become members in 2014), defined the topics for the next conference of International Archival Day: “Archive Buildings” and “Electronic Records Management, Appraisal and Preservation”.

03 November 2014
On 30 October 2014 the National Historical Archives in Grodno held inauguration ceremony to celebrate the completion of its new building.

The participants at the ceremony were Belarusian Minister of Justice O. Slizhevsky, director of the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry V. Adamushko, deputy chairman of the Grodno Regional Executive Committee V. Liskovich, director of the Grodno Administration for Capital Construction A. Vrublevsky, director of the Grodno Industrial Engineering A. Vagabov and other honorary guests.

The reconstruction of the arhive’s building, as an important governmental social and cultural site, was conducted within the State Investment Programme. Over 36 billion roubles have been spent. The new building is equipped with modern technology for the preservation of unique archival records on the history of Belarus. The archive is equipped with metal shelves, modern systems of ventilation, security and fire alarm, an automatic fire suppression system. The Archive has a new cabinet for cleaning and disinfection of records, a book scanner for making digital copies of documents and finding aids, a server and computer equipment for work with an automatic archival information system, an exhibition equipment, reading tools for microfilmed records, and more.


Inauguration of the new building for the National Historical Archives in Grodno


Inauguration of the new building for the National Historical Archives in Grodno

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