Awards and distinctions in the 35th edition of the SYBILLA Museum Event of the Year Competition were presented on 25 April 2015 at the Teatr Wielki in Łódź. The Polish History Museum received three distinctions: for the permanent outdoor exhibition in Krzyżowa, for the traveling Jan Karski project and for an album published about the January Uprising of 1863.
The SYBILLA Competition is considered the most important distinction among Polish museums and honors the top projects from different fields of museum activities. Its awards and distinctions are an annual indication of highest esteem for the work and achievements of museum curators.
This year in the jubilee edition of the competition, MHP received the following distinctions:
- in the Historical and Archeological Events category, for the outdoor exhibition “Courage and Reconciliation” in Krzyżowa. The exhibition was created on the 25th anniversary of the Mass of Reconciliation on 12 November 1989 on the territory of the former estate of the Moltke family in Krzyżowa. The exhibition presents the history of Polish-German relations from 1 September 1939 till 12 November 1989.
- in the Education category, for the project “Jan Karski: Unfinished Mission.” The four-year program “Jan Karski: Unfinished Mission” was realized by the Polish History Museum beginning in 2010. Its goal was to preserve the memory and propagate knowledge about Second World War emissary Jan Karski. In the frame of the program, numerous conferences, meetings and workshops were organized in Poland and abroad. The peak moment of the project was the proclamation of Karski Year in 2014.
- in the Publications category, for the album “January Uprising in European Press Illustration: Graphics from the Collection of Krzysztof Kura.” The publication is an elegant commemorative edition which graces the commemoration of 150th anniversary of the January Uprising. The album contains over 400 graphics from the 19th century, divided thematically. Each graphic is provided with detailed information about presented events and places, and specifics about the graphic. The additional value of the album lays in the detailed edition, useful for researchers and hobbyists: biographies of the authors and a full bibliography and index of illustrations published in different periodicals.
The big winner of the latest edition of the competition was the National Gallery in Warsaw, which received the Grand Prix SYBILLA 2014 for the institution's Prof. Kazimierz Michałowski Faras Gallery. Other winners include the Regional Museum in Stalowa Wola, which was also appreciated by the jury for Historical Event of the Year 2014.