Gazi University Turkish Folklore Research And Appliction Center (THBMER)
Turkish Folklore Research and Application Center (THBMER) was established in September, 2003 linked to Gazi University Rectorship. The aim of the center is to research Turkish folk culture, compiling and the introduction of it, transmitting it to the next generations obtaining its sustainability. With these aims, it undertakes both national and international mission. The center aims to protect and transmit the cultural heritage which is defined as the human being’s necessity, within the scope of an agreement with the United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organization that stands for UNESCO. Turkish Folklore Research and Application Center which has been listed as a consultant organization by UNESCO, thus, have been accepted as a scientific consultant that UNESCO can apply to get a scientific consultancy service during the process related to the protection of Intangible Cultural Heritage. In 7 years, 4 international, 6 symposiums, have been held, from 2004 to now, 18 books have been published on the living Turkey’s cultural heritage which have been compiled and converted to a scientific publication. Turkish Folklore Research and Application Center concluded 5 projects supported by Gazi University Rectorship. For 2012, it suggested two projects. In Turkish Folklore Research and application Center is conscious of the introduction of Turkish Folk Culture to the next generations and the importance of getting the benefits of museology, the opening of (SOKUM) Intangible Cultural Heritage museum whose studies have continued for 3 years. On 23 September, 2005, more than 3000 objects and archives are presented to the interest of visitors and researchers in the museum and it is trying to reach the professional standards of museology, in nature of technology and financial possibility.