Anne McConnell

Secretary
Annual Report Coordinator
Indigenous Heritage Reference Group EC Representative
Cultural Landscapes & Cultural Routes NSC EC Representative

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anne has worked for over 30 years in cultural heritage. She has broad based interests and experience arising out of her broad based background – working in both Indigenous (Aboriginal) and historic heritage, and as an archaeologist-anthropologist-Quaternary geoscientist by training. Although a Western Australian, Anne has worked mainly in the Eastern States and Tasmania.

Initially (1979 – 1988) Anne worked as the geoarchaeologist with the then Victoria Archaeological Survey, undertaking Indigenous archaeological investigations and geoscience research. Anne then moved to Tasmania in early 1988 to work as the Senior Archaeologist for the then Tasmanian Forestry Commission where she developed approaches to managing Indigenous and historic heritage in the State forests as well as undertaking heritage research and identification. Since 1995 Anne has worked as a Hobart based consultant, taking on a wide range of projects. Anne also currently works part-time as the Cultural Heritage Coordinator for Wellington Park, the large conservation area on the outskirts of Hobart with a varied, very long term history of use.

Anne’s work has focussed on the identification and management of rural and remote heritage, industrial heritage, recreational/tourism heritage, heritage routes, historic and cultural landscapes, intangible heritage and archaeological assessment. Through her work Anne has developed a particular interest in cultural heritage in protected areas, World Heritage, and Antarctic heritage. In Anne’s work a strong emphasis is put on understanding and including social values and setting. Anne also has a strong interest in big picture management – in particular regional scale heritage approaches and the development of heritage strategy and systems, as well as heritage legislation and heritage in planning.

Anne has been involved in heritage advocacy and promotion for a number of years. She joined Australia ICOMOS in the late 1980s, and from 1995 has had a major involvement in the Tasmanian heritage network, Cultural Heritage Practitioners Tasmania. Anne has also represented cultural heritage on the Tasmanian Arts Industry Training Board, on the Tasmanian National Parks & Wildlife Advisory Committee, and on the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Consultative Committee.