Manuscripts in Bosnia-Herzegovina Restored

21/11/2016

Three separate manuscript restoration workshops were established in Bosnia and Herzegovina within the scope of "Restoration of Cultural Heritage in the Balkans" project by Yunus Emre Enstitüsü, sponsored by Turkish Republic Central Bank and T.R. Ministry of Development. Süleymaniye Manuscript Library Former Director Dr. Nevzat Kaya and Gazi University Department of Turkish Language and Literature Faculty Member Prof. Dr. Yaşar Aydemir personally established repair workshops in Bosnia-Herzegovina Archive, Sarajevo History Archive and Mostar Hersek Neretva Archive with the aim of repairing damaged manuscripts and historical documents, particularly the manuscripts dating back to the Ottoman era.

As part of the project carried out by the Enstitü since 2012, manuscripts from the Ottoman period in the Balkans are transferred to the digital environment and this way manuscripts are both preserved and presented to the science world. A total of 10,000 manuscripts and 5,000 printed works in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia and Kosovo have been digitized. At the end of operations carried out in many institutions, libraries, archives and lodges in Bosnia and Herzegovina, 1756 manuscripts and 3367 printed works have been transferred to digital media. During these operations, it was seen that a significant part of the manuscripts were severely damaged due to time and insufficient preservation conditions, and that they required scientific restoration. Setting off from this, Yunus Emre Enstitüsü established "manuscript restoration workshops" with all kinds of equipment needed in Bosnia-Herzegovina Archive, Sarajevo History Archive and Mostar Herzegovina Neretva Archive for the artefacts to be repaired on site. The aim of workshops established under direction of Dr. Nevzat Kaya, is not only to repair the works in these archives but also the restoration of the manuscripts belonging to other people and institutions in Bosnia-Herzegovina. In addition, a training program will be organized in Turkey in near future for the experts who will work at workshops.