ArmInfo. Aurora Humanitarian Initiative awarded a grant of $ 10,000 to Matenadaran, the national Armenian repository of ancient manuscripts to help it create the "Digital Matenadaran" and present its main exhibition online.
The new project will give visitors the opportunity to take a virtual walk through the central hall of one of the world's largest museums of Armenian manuscripts.
The "Digital Matenadaran", which will be placed in a special section of the museum's website, will be designed as a virtual exhibition with text and sound descriptions. Users will be able to view the virtual exhibition and explore more than 100 handwritten exhibits, including exclusive samples of Armenian miniatures scanned in high resolution with the ability to zoom in.
"Today it is impossible to imagine our life without the use of high technologies. Leading world museums pay special attention to the organization of interactive exhibitions and expositions, which are also presented on online platforms. This project is another important milestone in the popularization of the rich cultural heritage stored in the Matenadaran, thanks to a digital platform that will make it more accessible to the world. And the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative supports our important project, "said Vahan Ter- Ghevondyan, Director of Matenadaran.
The new Digital Matendaran project will allow people from all over the world to take a virtual tour of the exposition, accompanied by informative descriptions in several languages and medieval Armenian music. "Five years have passed since the launch of the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative, and it has always been an honor for us to support Matenadaran. Aurora was created on behalf of all survivors of the Armenian Genocide, so promoting the Armenian heritage and history has always been one of the key values. our mission. The coronavirus pandemic has greatly impacted museums around the world, and moving online and creating virtual projects has become vital to maintain meaningful communication with visitors. Aurora is delighted to be able to help Matenadaran in this valuable endeavor. " said Vartan Gregorian, co-founder of the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative.
This is the fifth Aurora Grant to the Matenadaran under the Aurora Grants and the Remembrance Act project. The Aurora Grants allow the descendants of survivors of the Armenian Genocide to pay tribute to the memory of their ancestors' saviors by supporting educational initiatives and preserving the Armenian heritage, as well as raising public awareness of humanitarian work and Armenian history. In 2015, the support of Aurora allowed Matenadaran to purchase a special scanner for manuscripts. Thanks to this equipment, more than 4320 manuscripts, archival documents and antique books have been digitized to date. The 2016 grant covered the cost of training 10 guides in Germany, and in 2017-2020. "Aurora" helped Matenadaran to organize more than 50 lectures for scientists and researchers and create an interactive map of Armenian scriptoriums, and also supported other educational and academic programs.