At the event with the motto "Help each other, appreciate each other!" on 12 and 13 June 2023, more than 30 archivists gathered to delve into the current state and future perspectives of archival cooperation.The two days in Vienna were highly informative, provided interesting professional insights and also offered enough space for personal exchange.
Order archives and cultural heritage protection
Friedrich Schipper provided an additional perspective on archives of religious orders. The fact that archives are not immune to being destroyed by wars or catastrophes was vividly demonstrated by him with several examples, including the current Ukraine War, the Beirut Blast 2020 and the flood in Prague in 2002. He further highlighted that the international community has defined standards under international law, which were adopted within the framework of UNESCO and converted into domestic law by the Austrian Parliament. Particular importance was also attached to the "Blue Shield" network which aims to place cultural property under an imaginary protective shield in the event of armed conflicts.
The next annual conference of ARGE Order Archives will take place from 8 to 10 April 2024 together with ARGE Order Archives of Germany. The venue will be Schloss Fürstenried in Munich.
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