Annual Grant Scheme: Now Accepting Applications
The Association is now accepting Annual Grant Scheme applications for the 2014-15 membership year. The Scheme supports projects related to the care and management of Islamic manuscript collections or to scholarship on Islamic manuscripts. The maximum award is £5,000, and the deadline for receipt of applications is 18.00 GMT on 1 February 2015. More information can be found here.
Board of Directors Visits Istanbul
The board of directors recently held its last quarterly meeting of 2014 in Istanbul, Turkey. During its stay, it visited the conservation laboratories of the Turkish Ministry of Culture’s Directorate-General of Manuscript Libraries and the galleries, conservation laboratory, and storage area of Sakıp Sabancı Museum. The Association looks forward to the possibility of future cooperation with both institutions, beginning with organising a course on preservation strategies for books and manuscripts with the Directorate-General in late January 2015.
As announced at its 2014 annual general meeting, the Association has decided to hold its successful Islamic Manuscript Conference biennially instead of annually. This new conference schedule will enable the Association to increase its number of course offerings in non-Conference years, as well as to broaden the range of course topics. In 2015, the Association will continue to offer its well-regarded and well-attended codicology courses, and, in addition to these, will introduce courses on papermaking and preservation. Courses on cataloguing, cultural property destruction and protection, and textual editing are also being planned.