Exhibition "Wardrops Georgia - History and Present"
On November 12, at Korneli Kekelidze Georgian National Centre of Manuscripts an Exhibition "Wardrops Georgia - History and Present" was opened. Event members were addressed by Director General of the Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation of Georgia – Zviad Gabisonia, who spoke about the great merits of Marjory and Oliver Wardrops in Georgian culture and literature and noted that representatives of Shota Rustaveli Foundation participated in a large international conference on wardrops in February this year. The Shota Rustaveli National science foundation and the University of Oxford's joint research program – “Georgian Studies Sciences“ allows young scientists to conduct one-year scientific research at the University of Oxford, including the Marjory and Oliver Wardrop archives at the Bodleian Library.
In 2019, Marjory Scott Wardrops 150th birthday was celebrated. UNESCO celebrates this date internationally. In the same 155 years has passed since Oliver Wardrops birth. The importance of diplomatic and literary work by Marjorie and Oliver Wardrops is immense for our country.
Georgian society is familiar with Marjory Wardrops, but her personal letters, kept in the National Centre of Manuscripts, offer numerous novelties for both - the professional and the people interested in Georgia’s past and literature.
The exhibition will feature a written heritage of Wardrops and other related archival and periodical material preserved at the National Centre for Manuscripts: Wardrops' friendly and business letters to Ilia Chavchavadze, Olga Guramishvili, Ekvtime Takaishvili, Korneli Kekelidze, Vasil Karbelashvili; Unique handwritten books that captivated Georgia's beloved siblings with their form and content, they translated them into English to present to the Western world the cultures that created these masterpieces: some unique lists of “The Knight in the Panther's Skin”, Sulkhan-Saba Orbeliani's “A Book of Wisdom and Lies", ‘’The Life of St. Nino", "Kalila and Demna".
The exhibition will continue through 19th of November and will include educational sessions, in particular lectures and various activities for school children.
The event was attended by Justin McKenzie Smith - British Ambassador to Georgia, Minister in Justice and civil integration of Autonomous Republic of Abkhazia – David Patsatsia and others.