Saving heritage: Societies preserve culture, says US scholar

Published: September 24, 2014
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In her opening statement, Dr Laura Tedesco, a US scholar, said culture belonged to humanity and it needed to be taken care of, as it was not renewable.
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In her opening statement, Dr Laura Tedesco, a US scholar, said culture belonged to humanity and it needed to be taken care of, as it was not renewable. STOCK IMAGE

ISLAMABAD: 

The contribution of families, communities and societies is vital when it comes to preserving culture.

This is a point that participants of a lecture titled ‘Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation’ unanimously agreed to.

In her opening statement, Dr Laura Tedesco, a US scholar, said culture belonged to humanity and it needed to be taken care of, as it was not renewable.

Welcoming the distinguished scholar, Lok Virsa Executive Director Shahera Shahid stated that the mandate of Lok Virsa includes research, collection, documentation, preservation and dissemination of Pakistan’s traditional culture, both tangible and intangible.

The executive director informed participants that under the ‘Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation’ programme, 17 projects have been selected across the country.

They will include restoration of historical buildings, conservation of museum collections, archaeological sites’ preservation and documentation to save threatened traditional crafts, she said, adding that the improvement of storage capacity of archives and manuscripts will also be part of the projects.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 24th, 2014.

 

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