Some archivists chose for their holiday destination this year the city of Cologne. This was not to visit the Kölner Dom, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but to lend a strong hand to help our colleagues at the Municipal archives affected by disaster.
The Association of National Committees of the Blue Shield (ANCBS) is now putting together a second team of 70 to 75 volunteers who will be deployed from the 3rd to the 8th of August. The first mission was an opportunity for the volunteers to treat around two linear kilometers of documents in four days. David Leitch, our Secretary General, visited the site to meet the volunteers and witness their good work.
On the 15th of June, the Archives of Cologne estimated to have benefited from around 9000 hours of volunteer activity in total.
The recovery work is being tackled little by little until it is finished. There are still a few places left. If you would like to participate in this mission, please write to Christophe Jacobs, Project Officer for “Emergency Management”: jacobs(AT)http://ica.org.
(c) Robert Kretzschmar