The Cultural Heritage Day in the ELTE University Library and Archives was a great success

The library intended to draw attention to the protection of our cultural values ​​and the preservation of our built heritage with our event organized in the University Library and Archives of Eötvös Loránd University within the framework of this year's Cultural Heritage Days.

On the occasion of the 300th anniversary of the birth of György Pray, the father of Hungarian critical historiography and former director of our library, and the 250th anniversary of the abolition of the Jesuit order, a chamber exhibition was opened with our documents related to the Hungarian Jesuits’ missions in South America. The exhibition entitled Unus non sufficit orbis – One world is not enough: Hungarian Jesuits in South America is open until the 31st of May 2024, and can be visited on weekdays from 10.00 to 15.00. Registration is possible at More information about our exhibition is available on our website.

The Sabbathsong Klezmer Band opened our programme with a small Rosh HaShana (New Year) concert, featuring Hebrew and Yiddish songs by Tamás Masa and Anita Masa. Lovers of books, science and the arts were given a guided tour of the library’s history and the rooms of our historic building. The visitors gained an insight into the restoration workshop, our museum collection, and the life and work of Loránd Eötvös. Important events in the history of our university were also explored in the frame of our exhibition entitled Book, Robe, Science – Symbols from the History of Eötvös Loránd University. During our events, our guests were able to make unique, hardcover handicraft books, and calligrapher Dezső Buzogány explained the art of calligraphy.

We closed our programme with a concert by the Coquette duo. In addition to jazz standards, Hedda Gál (vocals) and Zsolt Horváth (guitar) played a selection of songs by Zsuzsa Cserháti in honour of the 20th anniversary.

The event was implemented with the support of the Municipality of Budapest, District V, Belváros–Lipótváros and the Foundation for the University Library.

The Autumn Festival of Museums between the 25th of September and the 12th of November 2023 also offers a variety of our programmes. All visitors are welcome!

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