Beyond Timbuktu Preserving the Manuscripts of Djenn Mali

Archivist Garba Yaro with the  Djenné Library Manuscripts ©Sophie Sarin

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28 September – 6 January 2019

Let our small display transport you to this fascinating World Heritage Site. Djenné – often described as the ‘twin city’ of Timbuktu – is famous for its stunning architecture. 

Timbuktu hit the headlines in 2013 when local people rallied together to save their manuscripts from militants who were occupying the city. Djenné was spared the occupation, but its documentary heritage remains vulnerable. 

This display reveals this centre of Islamic learning, located on the banks of the Niger Delta. Contemporary photographs of the city are interspersed with examples of both religious and secular texts. These manuscripts have been digitised since 2009 through the Endangered Archives Programme.

Find out more about the projects here, here and here.

The Endangered Archives Programme aims to contribute to the preservation of archival material in danger of destruction, neglect or physical deterioration world-wide. It is administered by the British Library and has been generously funded by Arcadia, a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin.


Image: Archivist Garba Yaro with the  Djenné Library Manuscripts © Sophie Sarin


Name: Beyond Timbuktu Preserving the Manuscripts of Djenn Mali
Where: Second Floor Gallery
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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Price: Free
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