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NSW and ACT members: World Heritage Day talk -
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managing heritage in the face of climatic extremes,
natural disasters and military conflicts
in tropical, desert,polar and
2007 Australia ICOMOS National Conference,
Far North Queensland July 19-21 .
information service provided by the Australia ICOMOS Secretariat
2) Brisbane Workshop on
the Protection of Movable Cultural Heritage Act 1986:
Interpretation Guidelines launched
4) ICOMOS CANADA 2007
5) News from Heritage Tasmania
6) Position Vacant:
Business and Programs Manager
7) Consultancy Opportunity - Rottnest
Island WW II Defence Heritage Interpretation Plan
8) Position Vacant:
Heritage Projects Coordinator (NSW)
9) Position Vacant: Interpretation
Manager - Fremantle Prison
10) Position Vacant: Heritage Research
1) Attention NSW and ACT
members:Juliet Ramsay has just returned from attending
the International Scientific Committee Cultural Landscapes in Italy, and ISC
Historic Towns & Villages in Helsinki which was a co-operative event with
ICOMOS Finland to discuss the Vienna (HUL) Memorandum (also attended by AI
members Ian Hocking, Sue Jackson-Stepowski and Agnieshka Kiera). Juliet will
discuss current international issues and the workings of ISCs under the new
rules, while a local perspective case study will demonstrate a landscape
approach applied to a Sydney historic landscape (speaker awaiting formal
confirmation). Due to meetings of this ISC and CIVIHH in Helsinki, this
celebration of World Heritage Day will happen on FRIDAY 15 June.
World Heritage Day talk - Friday 15th June in
Young member, Amy Nhan, has been busy seeking out
a not-visited-before and highly pertinent venue. Be prepared to BYO
bring-your-own ‘CHAIR’, and being mid winter to wear warm clothing. Details
awaiting confirmation and will be announced shortly via NSW membership global
Enquiries to Sue Jackson-Stepowski, NSW Representative and AI
Secretary email: firstname.lastname@example.org
2) Brisbane Workshop on the
Wednesday 6 June
Protection of Movable Cultural Heritage Act 1986:
The Australian Government
Department of the Environment and Water Resources presents a workshop on
significance assessment and the guidelines for Expert Examiners under the
Protection of Movable Cultural Heritage Act.
The workshop will provide an
opportunity for discussion about the preparation of Expert Examiner reports, and
to meet members of the National Cultural Heritage Committee. Curators and
heritage specialists with an interest in heritage objects and collections are
encouraged to attend.
Speakers include: Dr Leah McKenzie,
Director, Heritage Division, Department of the Environment and Water Resources
and Ms Veronica Macno, Curator, The Workshops Rail Museum/Queensland Museum
Venue: The Workshops Rail Museum North Street, North
Date: Wednesday 6 June 2007 Time:
RSVP: Rosemary Hollow, Department of the Environment and
Water Resources: email@example.com phone: 02 6274
2539; by Monday 4 June
There is no charge to attend this workshop. It is
sponsored by the Department of the Environment and Water Resources with support
from the Queensland Museum
3) Interpretation Guidelines
launchedWest Australian Heritage Minister Michelle
Roberts launched Sharing Our Stories: guidelines for heritage
interpretation on 18 May, International Museums Day.
was a collaborative project between the National Trust of Australia (WA),
Museums Australia (WA) and Lotterywest. Sharing Our Stories is a
comprehensive but easily accessible document providing tools for planning and
delivering a range of interpretation projects including walk trails, museum
exhibitions and educational programs. It is aimed at anyone interested in
interpretation from community groups, local and regional museums, heritage
sites, keeping places and state and local government bodies.
be downloaded from www.ntwa.com.au/sharingourstories for free.
For more information or to purchase a hard copy of the document contact
the Museums Australia (WA) office on 08 9427 2770 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
4) ICOMOS CANADA 2007
CONGRESSFinding the Spirit of the Place
Montreal, Concordia University, October 25-27, 2007
The ICOMOS Canada General Assembly voted “Finding the Spirit
of the Place” to be the theme of its 2007 Congress, in preparation for the 2008
ICOMOS General Assembly which will take place in Quebec in 2008. This year’s
conference will be held at Concordia University in Montreal, on October
25-27. We invite all those who wish to make a presentation on that occasion
to submit an abstract by following the guidelines that are outlined in the
attachment. The deadline for submissions is June 15.
forward this message to anyone who may be interested in submitting a
The Scientific Committee
Canada 2007 Congress
Call for Abstracts
"Finding the Spirit
of Place." This question belongs to a process of reflection that began in
Victoria Falls in 3003 when the General Assembly of ICOMOS first tackled the
topic of intangible heritage. The theme chosen for that Scientific Symposium,
"Place-Memory-Meaning: Preserving Intangible Values in Monuments and Sites" gave
an opportunity for participants to deepen their understanding of the
relationship between tangible and intangible heritage. This reflection occurred
at the same time that the General Assembly of UNESCO adopted the Convention for
the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage.
The question of the
spirit of place continued to be discussed in Xi'an in 2005, when the
General Assembly of ICOMOS recognized, through the adoption of a Declaration,
that it is important to protect the setting or the environment of monuments and
historic sites, which can serve as an additional layer of protection, as it is
to protect the monuments and sites themselves:
sites or areas of various scales, including individual buildings or designed
spaces, historic cities and urban landscapes, seascapes, cultural routes and
archaeological sites, derive their significance and distinctive character from
their perceived social and spiritual, historic, artistic, aesthetic, natural,
scientific, or other cultural values. They also derive their significance and
distinctive character from their meaningful relationships with their physical,
visual, spiritual and other cultural contexts and settings."
we are all aware, the theme "Finding the Spirit of the Place" is also the
discussion theme for the 16th General Assembly, which will take place in Quebec
in 2008. It brings us to focus on the relationship that links us to places and
objects we consider as heritage and through which these places and objects
acquire meaning and value.
In preparation for the 2008 General Assembly,
and to further reflections on this subject, the Scientific Committee of ICOMOS
Canada 2007 Congress calls for the submission of abstracts for papers on one of
the following four sub-themes:
1. To understand, identify, aprehend
the spirit of place.
What is spirit of place? Where does it hide or where
is it hidden? How can it be identified? Who decides that a place has a spirit?
What are the analytical tools at our disposal to understand the genius
2. To make appropriate use of the spirit of place
determines the spirit of place? How do we manage different perceptions of
intangible values associated with place? Does archaeological research unveil,
transform or disguise the spirit of place?
3. To conserve and transmit
the spirit of place
Which actors are called into action to preserve the
genius loci? What kind of attention do our charters and declarations give
to protecting the genius loci? Do our heritage law as provide or allow
the same protection of spirit of place at the same level as for material fabric
of our heritage places? How do we intervene to improve the living conditions for
inhabitants of exceptional vernacular heritage that is extensively deteriorated,
without destroying the spirit of such heritage, its meaning and its
4. To interpret and communicate the spirit of place
do we communicate the spirit of place? How do we discover and interpret the
spirit of historic cities, and how do se ensure that this spirit infused
contemporary architecture and development?
These are just some of the
many question that the Scientific Committee of ICOMOS Canada 2007 Congress
invites for consideration, so that the Congress will provide an opportunity to
share knowledge and experience that will eventually contribute to enlarging our
professional practice. We should not limit our reflection solely to the
definition and search for the spirit of place, but should also focus on
attitudes and behaviors that we need to adopt in our daily practice to reveal
the spirit, to protect it and transmit it to future generations.
members are invited by ICOMOS Canada to submit abstracts of your proposed
presentation, maximum 500 words or 3,000 characters in Times Roman 11 Pt font,
no later than 15 June 2007, to the following e-mail address: email@example.com Please indicate in your text
under which sub-theme you wish to present you paper. Attach a maximum 5-line
abstract of your proposal and a maximum 3-line resume of your CV (bio) for
The Committee will select papers that best respond to the
theme as well as those that have potential to provoke discussion among
participants, Authors of selected papers will benefit form a 50% reduction in
the Congress registration fee.
For all other additional information,
contact Mehdi Ghafouri at the e-mail above, or call 514-847-3636
lead to heritage loss
5) News from Heritage Tasmania
Tasmania’s heritage was dealt a double blow on 27
April when two heritage-listed properties were damaged by fire. Tasmania’s
oldest surviving farm home, Pitt Farm, in Glenorchy and the former Burnie High
School suffered extensive damage.
Coordinating our maritime
Maritime expert Peta Knott has been appointed to coordinate the
activities of the Maritime Museum of Tasmania and curate the maritime
collections of the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.
conserve convict heritage
Two of Tasmania’s best known convict sites have
received Australian Government assistance for conservation works. The Port
Arthur Historic Site Management Authority will receive $454,445 for restoration
work on the Separate Prison building including stabilising stonework in the A
Wing and restoring elements of the exercise yard. The Cascades Female Factory in
South Hobart will receive $63,636 to stabilise the southern boundary wall of
Yard 1. The funding was provided through the National Heritage Investment
Initiative which gives practical support to restore and conserve historic places
of national heritage significance. Tasmania’s maritime heritage was also
supported through the Australian Government’s Historic Shipwrecks Program. A
project to fully excavate the site of a survivor camp associated with the 1797
shipwreck of the Sydney Cove of Flinders Island has received funding. The
project will be completed by Parks and Wildlife maritime heritage officer Mike
Phone: 1300 850 332 (local call cost) or (03)
6233 2037 | Fax: (03) 6233 3186 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
6) Position VacantInternational Specialised Skills
APPLICATIONS CLOSE TUESDAY 5TH JUNE 2007 AT 9AM
Full time position. $48,000 - $65,000 (part-time pro rata
can be considered)
Located in Camberwell
Do you have high level
management and communication skills to deliver innovative programs, education
and training activities and events with the expertise and passion to make a
International Specialised Skills (ISS) Institute Inc. is
seeking a dynamic individual as part of their successful and growing team. This
is an excellent opportunity to diversify your career across sales and
Since 1990 ISS Institute Inc., an independent,
national organisation, has provided opportunities for Australian industry and
commerce to gain best-in-the-world skills and experience in traditional and
leading-edge technology, design, innovation and management
The Institute identifies skill deficiencies and meeting
associated need through its ‘Overseas Skill Acquisition Plan (Fellowship
Program)’, events, education and training activities and consultancy
You will be responsible for managing ISS
Institute’s ‘Overseas Fellowship Program’, education and training activities and
events as well as developing and building new and existing relationships within
industry, government, education/training institutions and firms.
overall purpose will be to provide an extremely high level of service and create
a higher level of awareness with clients and agencies.
If you’re looking
for a fast-paced, supportive, consultative and autonomous role in which you can
develop your sales and management skills - this is the role for
To be successful it is envisaged that you will
• Strong relationship building skills and have a strong focus on
• Superior skills to research, identify and establish new
contacts with industry, government, education/training institutions and
• Highly developed commercial acumen and strategic planning
• Exceptional written and oral communication skills.
project and time management skills.
• Good client relationship management
skills both internally and externally.
• Excellent writing and editing skills
i.e. reports, brochure copy, training materials.
• Advanced computer skills,
• Excellent face-to-face and cold calling skills.
Marketing, presentation, event management and business
If you have the capabilities to meet this
position, then email your CV and a minimum of three referees to
email@example.com for immediate consideration. Enquiries to 03 9882
7) Consultancy Opportunity -
Rottnest Island WW II Defence Heritage Interpretation
PlanRottnest Voluntary Guides Association and National
Trust of Australia (WA) (Defence Heritage Committee) INTERPRETATION CONCEPT
DEVELOPMENT PLAN for Rottnest Island WW II Coastal Defence
PROJECT BRIEF now available - for a copy contact:
CLOSING DATE 29 JUNE
The Rottnest Island Authority (RIA) has, through the
Rottnest Island Management Plan 2003-2008, stated as one of its three strategic
goals that “Rottnest Island’s environment and heritage are conserved and
enhanced as a model of sustainability”. Specific recommendations on how this
might and could be achieved were included in the management plan and reiterated
and supported by the Rottnest Island Taskforce report of 2004.
Island has an extensive coastal defence history that has been acknowledged as
nationally significant and worthy of conservation and interpretation.
Conservation works to these cultural heritage assets has been and continues to
be undertaken by the Rottnest Island Authority, as well as ongoing maintenance,
remedial work and monitoring. Interpretation of these assets being the
sites, remnants and stories associated with this part of its history - is
therefore considered an important step in progressing the recommendations of
both the management plan and the taskforce report.
promote and sustain the values both individually and collectively of the defence
heritage assets, and will be a mechanism of sharing the stories of coastal
defence heritage with the visitors to the Island who represent many and varied
communities and interest groups and age ranges, and also for passing these
stories on to new generations.
At the broader level, interpretation of
the defence heritage assets will contribute to and enhance the understanding and
enjoyment of Rottnest Island’s cultural and natural heritage and provide a
mechanism for all visitors to appreciate, experience and learn more about the
The Rottnest Island Authority has had an ongoing relationship with
the Rottnest Voluntary Guides Association (RVGA) for almost 20 years. This
relationship centres on the activities of the RVGA to assist in the conservation
and interpretation of Rottnest Island’s unique and naturally significant
environment, built, natural and Indigenous. The RVGA assists in interpretation
primarily through a continually evolving program of guided tours and
interpretive walks which are presented on a daily basis.
Since 1986, the
RVGA has also been part of and supported the conservation of the significant WW
II defence heritage sites on Rottnest Island. As one layer of the multi-layered
story lines of Rottnest, the WW II defence sites collectively constitute the
best preserved coastal artillery defence system from the Battle of Australia. It
is the only site nationally to retain primary armament (9.2 inch guns), barracks
(Kingstown), observation and command posts (Signal Ridge), military railroad and
a range of ancillary sites relevant to an understanding of the coast defence
The Defence Heritage Committee (DHC) of the National Trust of
Australia (WA) has also worked in a volunteering arrangement with the Rottnest
Island Authority to document and classify defence heritage sites, to index and
catalogue photographs relating to the military heritage of Rottnest and to
present a series of educational seminars and workshops on Rottnest Defences and
Fortress Fremantle from colonial times to the present.
Because of the
breadth of knowledge of the WW II defence systems possessed by members of the
RVGA and the DHC, their ongoing and active participation in developing the
interpretation and conservation of this aspect of defence heritage and their
long term commitment to the visitors to the Island, the Rottnest Island
Authority has endorsed the Rottnest Voluntary Guides Association and the Defence
Heritage Committee of National Trust of Australia (WA) as coordinating partners
for this interpretation planning project.
The report covers the Coastal
Defence Heritage of Rottnest Island during the period 1935-1963.
project will not require the consultant to compile and include a detailed
history of coastal defence but review and refer to existing resource
The project requires a review of the existing reports ‘Beyond
Oliver Hill: Rottnest Island Military Heritage Interpretation Plan’ and ‘Oliver
Hill Fort: Interpretation, identification, explanation and information signs of
The Oliver Hill Fort Complex of elements’.
The project needs to be
considerate of any heritage listings and aligned with the conservation
requirements of the built, moveable and archaeological heritage and issues
associated with Aboriginal heritage.
The main requirements of the
Interpretation Concept Development Plan are to:
- Identify and develop
appropriate, relevant and up-to-date interpretation policies and strategies for
the coastal defence heritage assets of the Island;
- Provide guidelines and
text for interpretive information
- Provide conceptual designs for
interpretation spaces, media and tools;
- Provide a recommended staged
implementation program including an operational and project development
All submissions should be clearly marked, “Tender for consultant
services for the planning & development of interpretation of Rottnest Island
WW II Defence Heritage” , placed in a sealed envelope and submitted no later
than 5.00pm on Friday 29 June 2007at the following address:
Trust of Australia (WA)
The Old Observatory
4 Havelock Street
PERTH WA 6005
PO Box 1162
WEST PERTH WA
Alternatively, tenders may be sent via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org or
faxed to: (08) 9324 1571.
Refer enquiries to:
Robert Mitchell, Manager Community Services
Telephone: (08) 9321
Facsimile: (08) 9324 1571
8) Position VacantRappoport is a specialist
firm of heritage practitioners located metro Sydney operating throughout NSW.
Assisting town planners, architects and local government through the heritage
approval process, this permanent position incorporates writing heritage reports
& managing consultants. Skills & expertise required include; historical
& archival research, writing, liaising with clients, external consultants,
Councils; ability to work autonomously within a small team and scheduling to
achieve deadlines. Strong communication skills including a good command of the
English language; knowledge and use of Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and
thorough working knowledge of pertinent NSW heritage legislation will be
Projects Coordinator (NSW)
The successful applicant will be required to have tertiary
qualifications. An attractive salary package, commensurate with experience, will
Please email Anna your resume; email@example.com.
Department of Housing and Works
Interpretation Manager - Fremantle Prison
DHW02234Level 6, $70,564 - $78,138pa
To review, plan, evaluate, develop
and deliver strategies that guide and enhance the interpretation of Fremantle
Prison for visitors through tour, public and education programs that demonstrate
standards of practice that reflect the local, national and international
significance of the site.
To contribute to the understanding of the
cultural heritage significance of Fremantle Prison through historical research
and the development and maintenance of networks with complimentary institutions,
organisations and groups to enhance and improve access to the body of
information and resources relating to the site.
Fremantle Prison is
currently part of the Australian Convict Sites World Heritage
· Recognised tertiary
qualifications in history, museology, history, archaeology, anthropology or
other relevant qualifications.
· Demonstrated experience in the development
and implementation of strategies that support interpretation programs including
related policies processes and procedures.
· Demonstrated experience in the
development and delivery of education and public programs.
experience in undertaking historical research and the management of historical
· Highly developed written and oral communication skills with
capability across various information mediums.
· High level of experience in
using a range of software in a Windows environment.
Knowledge of the tourism industry and related business issues.
· Knowledge of
heritage and conservation issues.
· Knowledge of government procurement
For Further Job Related Information
Please contact Mr Bevan
Beaver, Executive Manager Fremantle Prison, on (08) 9336
It is essential applicants obtain the
Job Kit for full position information and application advice. Job Kits may
be obtained direct from the Dept of Housing & Works website: http://www.dhw.wa.gov.au,
(look under 'Jobs’); alternatively call our 24 hour message bank on 08 9222 8173
or email firstname.lastname@example.org with your
request and a kit will be mailed or e-mailed to you.
Marked 'Private & Confidential' to 'The HR Consultant (Recruitment)',
Department of Housing & Works, Human Resources, 99 Plain Street, EAST PERTH
6004, or via email at email@example.com
CLOSING DATE FOR
APPLICATIONS: 5.00pm (WST) MONDAY11 JUNE2007.
10) Position VacantEmployment Opportunity: A position will
become available shortly for a Heritage Research Officer in the Special Projects
Unit, Planning and Development Services of Townsville City Council. If you would
like to know more about this position, please contact: Ken Hogan
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