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30 October 2019
The 29th Conference of International Archival Day organized by International Institute for Archival Science of Trieste and Maribore (IIAS) took place in Koper, Slovenia on 21-22 October 2019. Belarusian archivists were represented by IIAS permanent member, Director of the Belarusian Research Institute of Records Management and Archival Studies (BelNIIDAD) Andrey Rybakov.

The Conference was attended by over 70 representatives from Austria, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hungary, Germany, Italy, Kazakhstan, Malta, Oman, Poland, Russia, Rumania, Slovenia, Ukraine, Finland, Croatia and Czech Republic. The working languages at the event were English and Slovenian.

Greeting words to the participants were given by IIAS Director P.P. Klasinc (Slovenia); General Director of Archives of Italian Ministry of Culture and Tourism, President of IIAS Members Conference G. Barrera (Italy); Director of IIAS Autumn Archival School G. Tato (Italy); Director of State Archives of Trieste A. Colombatti; President of the European Centre Maribore «Alma Mater Europea» L. Toplak.

The working program of the conference was opened by IIAS Director P.P. Klasinc with a general report “Archival Sciences and Resonances of Social Changes in Archival Theory and Practice”. The other key-note speakers were Director of the Historical Archives of the EU D. Schlenker (Florence) and Director of National Archives of Malta, President of ICA European Regional Branch (EURBIKA) Ch. Farrugia.

The other reports were grouped in two topics: “Questions of Archival Science” (12 reports) and “Resonances of Social Changes in Archival Theory and Practice” (16 reports).

Full report is available in the Russian version of the website.
16 October 2019
On 11 October 2019 the State Archives of Grodno Region celebrated 75 years jubilee of its foundation.

The ceremonial event started with a small presentation about the Archive’s activities, leaders and archive holdings. The event included an exhibition of archive documents on the history of foundation and development of the Archive and a presentation of the Archive’s website www.gagr.by. The participants were given an excursion to the Archive and its exhibitions.

The Director of the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry of the Republic of Belarus, Viktor Kurash, congratulated the archivists with the jubilee date and awarded an honorary breastplate “Honorary Archivist of Belarus” to the Head of the Scientific and Technical Processing of Documents Division V. A. Iodchik.

The Archive also received words of congratulations from the Head of the Justice Administration of the Grodno Region Executive Committee E. I. Yurgel, directors of archives in the Grodno Region T. Yu. Afanasyeva, S. G. Svirko, A. S. Zabelinskaya and L. N. Gorbach, Head of Archive of the Grodno Azot Petrochemical Enterprise I. A. Kardash and Archivist of the Grodno Alcoholic Beverage Plant L. V. Kisel.

The celebration was continued with a concert program prepared by students of the Grodno State Musical College and a presentation of the jubilee cake. The event was broadcasted on TV Channel “Grodno+”.

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The State Archives of Grodno Region celebrates 75 Years of its foundation»

The State Archives of Grodno Region celebrates 75 Years of its foundation

The State Archives of Grodno Region celebrates 75 Years of its foundation

The State Archives of Grodno Region celebrates 75 Years of its foundation

The State Archives of Grodno Region celebrates 75 Years of its foundation

The State Archives of Grodno Region celebrates 75 Years of its foundation

The State Archives of Grodno Region celebrates 75 Years of its foundation

The State Archives of Grodno Region celebrates 75 Years of its foundation
11 October 2019
On 10 October 2019 the Bookshop “Svetoch House of Books” hosted a presentation of the series of books “Belarus Remembers” dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War – “Partisan Belarus. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Partisan Movement in Belarus in the Great Patriotic War” and “The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Villages Burned Down in Belarus in the Great Patriotic War”.

The published collections contain over 500 documentary photographs available from the Belarusian State Archives of Films, Photographs and Sound Recordings (BGAKFFD).

The speakers at the event were Director of the Petrus Brovka Belarusian Encyclopedia Publishing House O. V. Vanina; Head of the Publishing and Printing Department at the Ministry of Information V. V. Andriyevich; Head of Military History at the History Institute of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, Prof. A. M. Litvin; Director of the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus A. K. Demyanyuk; Editor in Chief of the Petrus Brovka Belarusian Encyclopedia Publishing House L. V. Yazykovich; Head of Information and Records Use at the Belarusian State Archives of Films, Photographs and Sound Recordings T. L. Rakhmanko.

Presentation of the series of books “Belarus Remembers”

Presentation of the series of books “Belarus Remembers”

Presentation of the series of books “Belarus Remembers”

Presentation of the series of books “Belarus Remembers”
09 October 2019
On 8 October 2019 the Minsk Region Executive Committee opened a historical documentary exhibition “Harvest Festival” timed to the regional holiday of village workers “Dozhinki-2019” in the city of Borisov. The exhibition has been prepared by the State Archives of Minsk Region.

The culture of the Belarusian people is closely connected with the land. Many holidays, rites and traditions take root in the events of the land calendar. The Dozhinki feast is probably the most popular of such holidays dedicated to the gathered harvest, crop productivity and family welfare. By this time all field works are nearing the end of the harvest crops and flax picking.

The Dozhinki Festival has always been an important event in Belarus celebrated with beautiful rites. From 1996 the feast was celebrated annually in different district towns as the national festival-fair of village workers. Since 2014 the feast has been organized in one of the district centres by each administrative province independently.

The exhibition shows documents describing the Harvest Festival beginning from 1924, the First All-Belarus Agricultural Exhibition in 1930, the Fourth Minsk Region Agricultural Exhibition and more. Of special interest are the Winner Diploma issued at the Harvest Festival in 1925 and photos of the agricultural equipment from the 1950s available from the State Archives of Minsk Region.

The website of the Minsk Region Executive Committee posts an exhibition of electronic documents “DOZHINKI: INSIGHT INTO TIME. HARVEST FESTIVAL. ELECTRONIC EXHIBITION” (In Russian)

A historical documentary exhibition “Harvest Festival”

A historical documentary exhibition “Harvest Festival”

A historical documentary exhibition “Harvest Festival”

A historical documentary exhibition “Harvest Festival”
08 October 2019
On 4 October 2019 the National Historical Archives of Belarus held a ceremonial opening of an additional reading room for 14 study seats. Director of the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry Viktor Kurash took part at the event. The decision to open another reading room was taken in regard to many appeals from the Archive’s customers, whose number significantly increased in the past years. Apart from the Archive’s staff, the event was attended by long-time visitors of the Reading Room, including the foreign customers.

The Department’s Director Viktor Kurash congratulated the Archive’s personnel on their professional holiday of the Archives Day, praised their achievements in the past year and wished them further successful work. A number of employees who achieved best results in the current year received honorary diplomas and awards from the National Historical Archives, presented to them by the Archive’s Director Dmitry Yatsevich.

Opening of a new reading room at the National Historical Archives

Opening of a new reading room at the National Historical Archives

Opening of a new reading room at the National Historical Archives

Opening of a new reading room at the National Historical Archives
04 October 2019
The Eurasia DOC CIS Countries Documentary Film Festival has opened in Minsk. The Festival marks four years, three of which took place in the Belarusian capital. According to its organizers, the choice fell on Minsk because “it serves as a unifying centre of the peoples”.

This year the Festival started in Smolensk, Russia and continued in Minsk. On 3 October the Belarusian documentary “Doctor Shuba” was shown to the public in Minsk. Produced by the Letopis Film Studio and directed by the People’s Artist of Belarus Anatoly Alay, the film is based on documentary sources and is dedicated to the fate of the famous Belarusian surgeon, Honorary Physician of the Belarusian SSR, Chief of the First Clinical Hospital in Minsk, Alexey Ivanovich Shuba. The film has widely used documents available from the Belarusian State Archives of Scientific and Technical Documentation, the Belarusian State Archives of Films, Photographs and Sound Recordings, the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus, the State Archives of Minsk Region etc.

Eurasia DOC CIS Countries Documentary Film Festival

Eurasia DOC CIS Countries Documentary Film Festival

Eurasia DOC CIS Countries Documentary Film Festival

Eurasia DOC CIS Countries Documentary Film Festival
04 October 2019
To archivists of the Republic of Belarus


Dear friends!


On behalf of the Government of the Republic of Belarus please accept congratulations on your professional holiday – the Archives Day.

The archival science is an important part of scientific, historical, informational and cultural sphere of any society. The archival institutions in our country are basic repositories of valuable documentary information reflecting the past and present of Belarus.

Thanks to your thorough work the accumulated evidences of a thousand long historical experience of the Belarusian people not only survive but are actively used in research, administrative and cultural purposes and become widely known in this country and abroad.

Preserving and increasing century old traditions on the modern stage the Belarusian archives promote the use of new achievements and technologies in their activity, evaluating their important role for the society in processes of informatization and transition to a new level of development.

We wish you good health, further success and prosperity.





Deputy Prime Minister
Republic of Belarus


Igor Petrishenko

02 October 2019
On 30 September 2019 the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry of the Republic of Belarus held a board meeting to discuss the issue of preparation for 2019/2020 autumn-winter season at the state archival institutions.

The Board notes the positive work by the state archives in fulfilling the scheduled events and timely receipt of registration certificates for heating sources and heat energy consumers.

The Board instructs the state archives to ensure reliable maintenance and fire safety at the archive facilities in 2019/2020 autumn-winter season, to fulfill energy saving measures and winter preparation works, and to ensure the control of payments for fuel and energy resources according to the Resolution of Council of Ministers of the RB of 11 September 2019 No. 609 “On questions in the field of heat supply” in the area concerning the state archival institutions as consumers of heat energy.

The Board also heard the report by BGAKFFD Director Deputy Elena Grinevich “On fulfilling the Directive by Belarus President of 11 March 2004 No. 1 “On measures for strengthening the public safety and discipline” at the Belarusian State Archives of Films, Photographs and Sound Recordings BGAKFFD”.
02 October 2019
”The City of Tomorrow” is an exhibition celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus, German High School of Building and Art Design. The exhibition has been initiated by the Goethe Institute in Belarus and is exhibited at the Art-Belarus Gallery in the Palace of Arts in Minsk. The exhibition is dedicated to modernist trends in Soviet architecture and building and their representation in modern architectural heritage.

The exhibition has widely presented visual and graphic documents from the Belarusian State Archives of Scientific and Technical Documentation (BGANTD).

The exhibition runs till October 25, 2019.

Exhibition on 100th anniversary of Bauhaus, German School of Art Design

Exhibition on 100th anniversary of Bauhaus, German School of Art Design

Exhibition on 100th anniversary of Bauhaus, German School of Art Design

Exhibition on 100th anniversary of Bauhaus, German School of Art Design

Exhibition on 100th anniversary of Bauhaus, German School of Art Design

Exhibition on 100th anniversary of Bauhaus, German School of Art Design

Exhibition on 100th anniversary of Bauhaus, German School of Art Design
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