UNESCO Memory of the World New Zealand Trust is calling for Expressions of Interest (due by 31 March)

The UNESCO Memory of the World New Zealand Trust is calling for Expressions of Interest for submissions to the New Zealand documentary heritage register.

Check out the current inscriptions on the register and the Expression of Interest form on the website: www.unescomow.org.nz.

The EOI form helps potential nominators to do an initial assessment of their documentary heritage against the Memory of the World criteria.

The Trust uses the Expression of Interest form as background for discussion with the potential nominator. Nominators who decide to continue with the nomination will be offered support to complete the full nomination form.  Support may include one to one contact with an expert or attendance at a workshop to complete a draft of the nomination form.  It is not compulsory to complete an Expression of Interest form before making a nomination.

The Memory of the World New Zealand register was established in 2010 and currently lists 20 inscriptions of significant documentary heritage.  Last year’s successful inscriptions were from heritage institutions in our main cities and the first from a small town. One of these was the first jointly nominated by two institutions.  All greatly contribute to the story of our nation’s history and heritage and are significant to the identity of New Zealanders today.

UNESCO recognition draws attention to the significance of documentary heritage and the institutions that are its custodians. Inscription on the register raises awareness of the custodian’s institutions and promotes the importance of caring for our documentary heritage. The organisation’s promotion and publicity contribute to ensuring our nation’s history and stories are not forgotten.

Expressions of interest close on 31 March. Nominations for inscription close on 31 August 2017.