UNESCO makes world heritage book for children, with help from SLQ

Memory of the World filled with Color. UNESCO International Centre for Documentary Heritage.

Imagine a book for children that contains memories of the world.  UNESCO has made such a book in order to share world heritage with children, and State Library of Queensland is a proud contributor.  Entitled Memory of the World filled with Color, the book is a collective of historical inscriptions that have been approved over the years for the Memory of the World Register and have universal appeal.  The book also includes illustrated sketches for each inscription, interesting facts around each story and coloring-in pages.

State Library contributed information about the Manifesto of the Queensland Labour Party to the people of Queensland as a way of sharing universal values about work with children.  The Manifesto, dated 9 September 1892, is considered to be one of Australia’s formative documents that has contributed greatly to the development of labor movements internationally and its pronouncement influenced the formation of first labour government globally.  A digital copy can be viewed in State Library’s catalogue in the papers of the Manifesto’s author Charles Seymour (OM69-18 Charles Seymour Papers.)  It was nominated and selected as an inscription for the Memory of the World Regiwter in 2009.

UNESCO’s ICDF aligned the coloring book with the Memory of the World Register and with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.  Queensland’s Manifesto aligns with SDG 8, Decent Work and Economic Growth.   The coloring book is available for free as a pdf or as an ebook.

Catherine Cottle, Specialist Librarian, Queensland Memory

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