In 2019, the National Library of Latvia, in cooperation with the Institute of Humanities and Social Research of the Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences, has launched a project — The Significance of Documentary Heritage in Creating Synergies between Research and Society (Project No VPP-IZM-2018/1-0022) — under the national research programme Latvia’s Heritage and Future Challenges for the Sustainability of the State. The aim of the project is to conduct interdisciplinary research into the Special Collection of the National Library of Latvia, including using digital research methods, to update the previously insufficiently researched segments and aspects of Latvian documentary heritage, focusing on those historical periods and issues less studied to date, and overcoming the ethnic and linguistic barriers hampering research.
On the basis of newly created expertise, it is intended to stimulate conceptual discussions on what comprises the concept of documentary heritage, its place in the context of a common national cultural heritage, and the role of libraries in its exploration and transfer to the public.
The results of the research are expected to be approbated in scientific publications (publishing scientific articles, compiling articles and collective-body monographs for publication, organising an international research conference), as well as being promoted to the public (exhibitions, public lectures and series of readings). Using the research results, it is planned to draw up recommendations for improvement of the content of educational programmes in the humanities and to put forward suggestions for supplementing Latvia’s cultural-tourism map with new materials from Latvian history and culture that have not previously been in public circulation.
Project partners: National Library of Latvia, Institute of Humanities and Social Research of the Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences
Project implementation period: 12.2018.—12.20121.
Project funding: 585 250,00 EUR
Project sponsor: Ministry of Education and Science