- Public Programs
Through the public programs, we try to enhance access to MPP collections, attract more audience, and try to strengthen our bond with the community. The range of public programs includes exhibitions, workshops, and other outreach efforts, including the MPP website.
MPP has been organizing exhibitions from its collections on a regular basis to (a) showcase MPP collection, and (b) raise awareness about the importance of archiving and archival research.
In September 2009, MPP organized an exhibition of printed-ephemera titled ‘Milkiyeko Itivritta’ at Yala Maya Kendra, Patan Dhoka. The exhibition displayed 47 items arranged in altogether 30 exhibits. The exhibits consisted mostly of broadsides & leaflets, and covered a wide range of topics from political to social, as well as cultural to entertainment. From a 1910-advertisement of a book, to the programs of Nepali-language adaptation of Shakespeare, to periods of political turmoil of the 1960s, late 70s and 80s, the ephemera provided glimpses of history from a different perspective. A catalog of the exhibition was also published.
The three-day-exhibition (6-8 September, 2009) was organized to highlight the 15,000 strong ephemera collection at MPP, raise awareness on the role ephemera can play in history writing, and the need to conserve them. The overall visitors’ response was encouraging, while a need to rope in young visitors was also felt.