Margaret Dent on our library treasures

Margaret Dent discusses some of the exhibition's highlights and outlines the exhibition's creation. She explains the role played by some of Australia's great collecting institutions – the national, state and territory libraries – in preserving and making available the records of our history.

In 1999 she was invited to utilise her unique expertise to curate the National Library’s centenary exhibition, Treasures from the world's great libraries, held in 2001–02. Margaret was subsequently appointed co-curator with Nat Williams, the National Library's director of exhibitions, of National treasures from Australia’s great libraries. This lecture was given as an introduction to this travelling exhibition, an initiative of the Council of Australian State Libraries.

Margaret was co-curator of the travelling exhibition, National treasures from Australia's great libraries. She is exhibitions curator in the exhibitions branch of the National Library of Australia. She holds a wealth of knowledge about the National Library's collections, gained from her previous role as rare books librarian, where she was responsible for over 70,000 international rare books.