Meditation huts

Found this wonderful picture of Meditation huts while looking at these old photos from #Mongolia now online at #endangeredarchives, British Library.

It’s better to live alone; there’s no friendship with a fool. Live alone and skilfully, carefree like an elephant in the forest.

Dhammapada

Meditation huts in Mongolia Photo © British Library #endangeredarchives

Images of monasteries once standing in Ulaanbaatar and religious rituals taking place in Ulaanbaatar and its proximity [1930s]. You can see more photos from the British Library endangered archives project by clicking here.

With thanks to @bl_eap

Preservation through digitisation of rare photographic negatives from Mongolia

Mongolia, monastery Photo © British Library #endangeredarchivesThe Archives for Cinema, Photography and Sound Recording in Mongolia houses over 160,000 photo negatives, including 10,552 glass plate negatives. This project aims to digitise all these glass plate negatives, the majority of which contain images taken between 1921 and 1945 and have never been printed. The collection covers a wide range of topics such as the army and military, public health, animal husbandry, archaeological finds, nature, prominent Mongolian people, people who were politically repressed during the 1930s, historical documents, construction works, industrial development, Mongolia’s contribution to the victory of WWII, culture, religion and politics.

The collection is housed in the Archives building, which has no adequate and controlled preservation environment and lacks humidity and air control. The glass plates are kept in paper envelopes on shelves where they are exposed to physical mishandling and deterioration in image quality. Only 3,000 have been catalogued. Since no digital images are available to researchers and the general public, these glass plates are in danger of being exposed to frequent printing which represents a threat to the physical condition of the originals themselves. Once degraded in quality or destroyed due to frequent printing and mishandling, this unique pre-industrialised history of Mongolia will be lost for ever.

As the originals will eventually be too fragile for frequent handling, the only way of preserving and providing access to users of this valuable collection is through digitisation. The remaining 7,000 glass plates will also be catalogued. Training schemes will be developed to preserve and further restore archival photographs and the introduction of this digital archive will inspire the Archives, the MSV Foundation and other individuals to carry out further projects to help preserve and digitise the remaining archival holdings.

With thanks to #endangeredarchives, British Library



Categories: Art, Buddhist meditation, Encyclopedia, History, Tibetan Buddhism

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1 reply

  1. Thanks to the Archives for their preservation efforts.

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