The Al Jasra club organizes a conference on private museums and libraries


(MENAFN- Gulf Times)

The Al Jasra Cultural and Social Club held a conference on *Private Museums and Libraries in Qatar on Saturday, presented by writer and researcher Abdul Rahman al-Sunaidi.
The event was moderated by writer Hanan Badii.
Al-Sunaidi, author of the book *Private Museums and Libraries in Qatar, presented a conference on his research journey in the world of private museums.
Twenty-three private libraries and museums in Qatar are covered in the first part of his book, while he continues his research for the second part.
After al-Sunaidi found more private museums as well as libraries, he visited them and spoke with their owners to learn the details of the libraries – the history and various specializations – and the owners’ passion for these libraries and museums, whose content and exhibits have unique heritage and cultural value.
He said the diversity of private museums in the country shows how aware Qataris are of the value of history and heritage in Qatar and around the world.
During the lecture, al-Sunaidi spoke about his journey while writing the book and spoke about the difficulties and challenges faced by some of the owners of these collections in preserving their properties.
He called on authorities to help put them on the tourist map.
It is the first book published by al-Sunaidi in cooperation with the Katara publishing house, and documents and chronicles the collections of owners of museums and private libraries in Qatar, including those of residents.
He said he intended to publish a comprehensive encyclopedia and a reference for future generations.
Al-Sunaidi mentioned that the historical library of Al Zubarah was the first library established by the founder Sheikh Jassim bin Mohamad al-Thani and the first teachers.
Then, in 1954, the Al Maaref library was created to lend books to schools.
In 1962, the then Minister of Education, Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad bin Abdullah al-Thani, awarded the National Library of Qatar, which was the first public library.
Al-Sunaidi also highlighted the importance of the private library of HE Sheikh Faisal bin Qassim al-Thani, which consists of 10 halls, covering 1,000 sq m each, and housing unique collections in the world.
To these are added the automobile and carpet museums, the latter containing 1,700 important carpets and their catalogues.
Among the other most important libraries mentioned by al-Sunaidi is the library of Sheikh Abdullah bin Ibrahim al-Ansari, which holds a large collection of unique books and references.
It is a private library open to the public, but it does not lend books.
Al-Sunaidi is currently working on writing the second part of *Private Museums and Libraries in Qatar.
He makes a point of interviewing the owners of these collections and photographing their memorabilia and their books.
It should be noted that al-Sunaidi had previously held two exhibitions on the history of computers at Katara – the cultural village in 2014 and 2015, in addition to giving lectures on the history of computers at several schools in Qatar.
It also has a computer museum.

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