Last summer's blockbuster exhibition, Mapping Our World: Terra Incognita to Australia has won the Major Festivals and Events category in the 2014 Canberra and Capital Region Tourism Awards.
The gong is a fitting result for years of work by National Library staff, and recognises the outstanding skill of curators Susannah Helman, Nat Williams and Martin Woods.
Director-General Anne-Marie Schwirtlich said of the award: 'Thank you to the judges for recognising that a Library exhibition can make a contribution to tourism. Without the enormous support we received, Mapping Our World would still be a great idea, instead of a great success.'
Mapping Our World broke all National Library attendance records with a total of 118,264 visitors from Australia and the world. The Library now goes on to represent the region at the Australian Tourism Awards next year.
The exhibition has been an extraordinary collaboration between government, commercial partners and individual donors. The Library wishes to thank principal partner, Shell Australia; and Australian Capital Equity, Esri Australia, Planet Wheeler, Channel 7, Crowne Plaza Canberra, Toga Hotels; our airline partners Etihad Airways and Virgin Australia; the Australian and ACT Governments and our lending partners, the British Library, Bibliotheque Nationale De France, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Biblioteca Nazionale de Marciana Venezia.
The exhibition was also generously supported by gifts from Kerry Stokes AC, Noel Dan AM and Adrienne Dan, Nigel Peck AM and Patricia Peck, Douglas and Belinda Snedden, Kevin McCann AM and Deidre McCann, the Macquarie Group Foundation, the Origin Foundation, The Dick and Pip Smith Foundation and the Embassy of Italy.