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									                                                Media Release 12/05/09
                                                             For Immediate Release

     State Library of Queensland Joins in the Worldwide
        Celebrations for Museums & Cultural Tourism

Culture and technology come together with this year’s Museums Alight!
celebrations from 16-24 May 2009 with participating museums and galleries being
linked to Google Maps.

To mark this year’s International Museum Day theme of Museums and Tourism
the State Library of Queensland will join more than 90 other museums
and galleries across Queensland by being linked to Google Maps, whilst
joining cultural institutions throughout the world as they recognise International
Museum Day on 18 May.

Presented by Museum & Gallery Services Queensland (M&GSQ), Museums Alight!
is an annual state-wide event for museums and galleries in every region of
Queensland to showcase their collections and exhibitions to the public.

This year’s exciting initiative will be useful for planning your next visit to one of
our State’s many cultural attractions, planning a holiday, or simply assisting you to
find out more about culture and heritage in your local area.

Join the celebrations of this special week by visiting the State Library of
Queensland and exploring their exciting exhibition, Panoramic Queensland. The
exhibition presents a wider view of Queensland’s 150-year history, on display until
12 July 2009 in the Philip Bacon Heritage Gallery, Level 4, State Library of
Queensland. The exhibition features a unique selection of panoramic photographs
from the John Oxley Library. It is a memorable selection of landscapes and
townscapes that represents the state’s changing face through its events, people
and culture – from the granting of Statehood through to World Expo ’88.
Panoramic Queensland reveals the minutiae of daily Edwardian life through
fashions and advertising hoardings, the trauma and devastation of the 1893
floods, before and after shots of the World Expo site and the spectacular laying of
the foundation stone of the Holy Name Cathedral, a church if it had it been built
would have been the largest in the southern hemisphere.

Did you know the revamped State Library of Queensland building featuring
exhibition galleries and spaces was opened in November 2006? In 2007 the State
Library was named Australia’s best public building by the Royal Australian Institute
of Architects.

To find out these and other interesting facts, State Library of Queensland
is open Monday to Thursday from 10am to 8pm and Friday to Sunday from
10am to 5pm.

      Rebekah Butler, Executive Director of Museum and Gallery Services said
      today, “Queensland is home to more than 400 museums and public
      galleries. This year’s theme, Museums and Tourism, highlights the great
      contribution Queensland’s museums and galleries make to our State’s
      cultural tourism and their local communities.”
Explore the unique historical and cultural achievements of your community. Take a
look at the map to find a museum or gallery near you, then see the real thing and
be part of this year’s celebrations!

Visit the Museum & Gallery Services Queensland website for
full details of participating Queensland venues, the map and related special

                                                      Image and contact details follow…


1. Caption:
Ayr c.1928 from the Graham Jenkinson Collection of North Queensland
Photographs 1920-1940. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland.

2. Caption: Former State Library of Queensland building in William Street
Brisbane, Picture Queensland, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

For media enquiries, interviews and further information, please contact:

 Museums Alight!                                               State Library of
Leisha Lawrence, Information Officer,                             Paula Hackney
Museum & Gallery Services Queensland             Marketing and Communications
 Phone: 07 3215 0820                                      Phone: 07 3842 9832
 Mobile: 0421 384 349                                    Mobile: 0414 375 422
                                               Address: Cultural Centre, Stanley
                                                          Place, South Bank Qld
 Email:                                         Email:
 Website:                        Website:


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                                           of the Australian, State and Territory Governments, and by the Commonwealth through the
                                           Australia Council its arts funding and advisory body.
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