E-Mail News No. 333
1) INTERNATIONAL COLLOQUIUM - Preservation-restoration of wooden
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Friday 2 May 2008
2) Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts:
Media Release - Environment and Heritage Groups to Receive Funding
3) Call for Applications - Doctoral and Post-Doctoral Scholarship -
Musee du quai Branly, Paris
4) News from ICCROM
5) New title from Sydney University Press
6) ICOMOS ISC on Theory & Philosophy - Vienna Congress - 23-27
7) Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts:
Media Release - Museum Victoria Acquires Phar Lap's Tonic Book
8) 1st Announcement - International Congress - Concrete 2009
9) The Opening Chapter: National Library building turns 40
10) Conservation Projects Officer, Port Arthur Historic Site
11) Manager, Public Programs, Old Parliament House
12) Context P/L seeks a recent graduate for full time role
1) INTERNATIONAL COLLOQUIUM -
Preservation-restoration of wooden structures
Preservation-restoration of wooden
Built heritage practical application
29-30-31 May 2008, France
The upcoming technical colloquium of ICOMOS France will take place in
Metz City (France) and will be held 29 - 31 May, 2008.
With the international technical days 2008, ICOMOS France aims to offer
an overview of state-of-the-art preservation and restoration techniques
for wood structures (timber framing and panels, windows and doors,
specific wood structures...) for historical buildings in France and
Working languages : English and French.
The meeting will bring together scientists, curators, restorers, firms
(those involved in frameworks, manufacturers for the various products,
materials and diagnosis tools...), representatives of public authorities
and local communities.
This event will address assessment, consolidation and protection methods,
professional standards and regulations (or lack of), and current day
expertise. The problem of parasites will be examined: detection,
diagnosis and treatment. Related themes concerning finish and
dendrochronology will also be explored.
For more information, visit
http://www.archi.fr/ICOMOS-FR/ and download the program (including
registration form) by clicking on the
- 29,30,31 Mai 2008 link.
2) Department of the Environment,
Water, Heritage and the Arts: Media Release - Environment and Heritage
Groups to Receive Funding
Minister for the Environment, Peter Garrett, today announced more than
$600,000 in grants for vital projects across the country to protect the
Mr Garrett said the funding for volunteer groups under the Grants for
Voluntary Environmental and Heritage Organisations program, recognised
the important and valuable work many groups play across the country in
protecting our land, unique species and historic places.
"So many people devote so much of their own time to protecting and
improving our environment and heritage and I am very pleased to support
the tremendous contribution these organisations make on behalf of us all.
"Through this round of grants funding, 118 environment and 34 heritage
organisations will receive more than $600,000 to assist their efforts to
conserve and protect Australia's natural environment and historic
"The focus of this program is on easing the burden of day-to-day running
expenses by making funds available for administration costs."
The groups receiving funding are diverse, for example, in an old WWII
hanger at Werribee, Victoria, the last surviving RAAF Liberator is being
restored by The B24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Fund Inc. The fund was
founded by RAAF B24 pilot Bob Butler, and wireless/radar operator and
waist gunner Eric Clark, both retired.
"Conservation councils, local organisations and national conservation
organisations, largely through the dedication of many volunteers, have
achieved great outcomes for all Australians in preserving many of our
natural icons," Mr Garrett said.
"Take the work of Birds Australia. They use knowledge gained from
professional and amateur ornithologists from all over Australia for
biodiversity conservation. The organisation has worked on vast
conservation projects including the Gluepot and Newhaven Reserves for the
conservation of nationally threatened bird species. There is strong
community support with 7545 members."
Media contact: Ben Pratt: 0419 968 734
3) Call for Applications -
Doctoral and Post-Doctoral Scholarships - Musee du quai Branly,
The Musee du quai Branly annually offers doctoral and post-doctoral
scholarships meant to assist doctoral candidates and young PhD graduates
to advance original and innovative research projects.
Eligible disciplines are anthropology, ethnomusicology, history of art,
history, archaeology, sociology, and heritage law (droit du
Preferred areas of research are: Western and non-Western arts, tangible
and intangible heritage; museum institutions and their collections,
technology and material culture.
Project particularly susceptible of benefiting from the environment of
the Museum du quai Branly will receive the greatest attention.
Selected candidates must provide the educational and research department
of the Museum a detailed report of their activities at the end of the
Three doctoral scholarships are destined to support doctoral candidates
at the end of their thesis, and at least in their third year during the
academic year 2008-2009 (in either a French or a foreign university).
These scholarships will assist in editing (redaction) and exclude field
and archival research.
Doctoral scholarships are given for a maximum duration of 12 months
non-retroactively, and consist of a net monthly amount of 1,200 euros.
Scholarships are granted after an evaluation and selection of dossiers by
the Scientific Evaluation Committee of the Museum du quai Branly. There
are no limitations as to nationality.
The Museum du quai Branly will offer four post-doctoral scholarships to
young scientists wishing to work on an individual or collective project
sponsored by the Museum du quai Branly.
Post-doctoral scholarships are given for a maximum duration of 12 months,
non-retroactive, and consist of a net monthly amount of 1,670 euros (in
the form of a CDD [sic.]). They are allocated after an evaluation and
selection of dossiers by the Scientific Evaluation Committee of the
Museum du quai Branly. There are no limitations as to nationality.
Candidates within five years of having defended their theses are
Applications for doctoral and post-doctoral scholarships must be made
according to the required forms, which may be downloaded while this call
for applications remains open at:
or may be requested in writing from the following address:
Musee du quai Branly
departement de la recherche et de l'enseignement
222, rue de l'Universite
75343 Paris Cedex 07
Completed dossiers with five original copies must be sent to: musee du
quai Branly, Departement de la recherche et de l'enseignement, 222, rue
de l'Universite, 75343 PARIS Cedex 07, FRANCE, and submitted, unstapled,
in five separate folders numbered 1 trhough 5 in the upper right-hand
ABSOLUTE DEADLINE FOR SENDING DOSSIERS IS 15 MAY 2008 (with proof
by the postal cancellation)
(Please note: this item originally circulated by US/ICOMOS for
general information only. English translation is by US/ICOMOS, which is
not responsible for its exactitude and precision - Applicants must
consult original French version in the Museum's website).
4) News from ICCROM
AFRICA 2009 - Impact Assessment and Heritage, Sudan
Applications are now open for the course on 'Impact Assessment and
Heritage', to be held in Sudan from 20 October - 14 November 2008.
Application deadline: 31 May 2008
ATH R: Conservation and management of heritage sites in the Arab
Applications are now open for the course on 'Conservation and
management of heritage sites', to be held in Sharjah, United Arab
Emirates from 27 October - 4 December 2008.
Application deadline: 6 June 2008
Management Planning for Cultural Heritage
Applications are now open for the course on 'Management Planning for
Cultural Heritage', to be held in Shanghai, China from 24 November
- 6 December.
Application deadline: 1 June
Heritage news in the media worldwide
A monthly compilation of media articles on heritage topics.
Obviously, these all reflect the viewpoints of the authors.
News from Africa 2009
ICCROM is pleased to welcome Mr Herman Kiriama, an archaeologist with
the National Museums of Kenya, who will be joining the secretariat of the
Africa 2009 programme, as a consultant during 2008-9.
Bihanne Wassink, paper conservator at the National Archives of
Netherlands and an ICCROM course lecturer, died unexpectedly on 21 April
2008, aged 50.
5) New title from Sydney
Sustaining heritage: giving the past a future, By Tony
Sydney University Press, ISBN: 9781920898717
Sustaining heritage: giving the past a future aims to give
conservation practitioners, planners and opinion makers an insight into
contemporary heritage issues. Heritage planning and management involves a
delicate balance between the careful conservation of our built and
natural environment and the need to find commercially viable schemes that
fit today's needs. Since the 1970s heritage has become more commercial,
accessible to a wider audience and in some cases turned into theme parks.
While we are getting better at conservation, the level of public debate
and understanding remains poor and many heritage organisations lack
accountability. In this important book, illustrated with examples from
Australia, UK and the US, Tony Gilmour explores the concepts of heritage
in the 21st century, heritage conservation, the social and the economic
relationships between honouring the past and creating a future for
heritage listed landscapes.
For further information on the book, click the following URL:
Books can be purchased from the Sydney University Press web site:
6) ICOMOS ISC on Theory &
Philosophy - Vienna Congress - 23-27 April 2008
ICOMOS ISC on Theory & Philosophy - Vienna
Congress - 23-27 April 2008
Theory and Practice of Conservation and Preservation - a mutual
The Theory and Philosophy of Conservation and Restoration International
Scientific Committee (ISC) convened a conference/workshop to hear a range
of presentations about theory and practice. The presentations
covered a wide range of matters including a review of the development of
conservation ideas, the contribution of key historical conservation
thinkers (eg. Viollet le Duc, Ruskin, Riegl), national practices (Italy,
Germany, Australia), and international doctrine (Athens, Venice,
Of special interest is an anticipated review by the ISC of a range of
international doctrine focused on the name of documents (charters,
declarations, etc) and their framework/hierarchy. The review
proposes to include the Burra Charter, as an example of a type of
document, and this is not intended to lead to any changes to it.
There is concern about the growing range of doctrine, the age of some of
this doctrine, and its adequacy. In all of this, the Burra Charter
is viewed internationally in various ways - positively by some, less so
by others. Interestingly, the Burra Charter was mentioned by many
non-Australian speakers, and most of the presentations/discussion
focussed on only three charters - Venice, Athens to some extent, and
of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts: Media Release - Museum
Victoria Acquires Phar Lap's Tonic Book
The purchase at auction of Phar Lap's tonic recipe book will
ensure that another piece of history associated with the iconic racing legend will remain in public
hands, Heritage Minister, Peter Garrett said.
The 1930s handwritten tonic book that was used by Harry Telford, trainer
and part owner of Phar Lap was bought at auction last night by Museum
Victoria for $37,862 with assistance of $20,000 from the Australian
Government's National Cultural Heritage Account.
"Through the National Cultural Heritage Account the Australian Government
encourages cultural organisations to purchase objects that they could not
otherwise afford, with the aim of preserving and making them accessible
to the Australian public," Mr Garrett said.
The 82 page tonic book details 30 recipes used by Phar Lap's trainers to
prepare him for races. Many ingredients in these recipes include
poisonous substances such as arsenic and strychnine.
"Phar Lap was an Australian sporting hero. He conquered the Australian
racing scene winning 37 of 51 races he entered, including the 1930
Melbourne Cup at the iconic National Heritage Listed Flemington
"Great mystery and conspiracy has surrounded the death of 'Big Red' and I
am very pleased that this book will enter the collection of the Museum of
Victoria for us all to enjoy.
Dr Robin Hirst, Acting Chief Executive Officer Museum Victoria said "The
significance of this exceptional recipe book lies not only in its origin,
but also in the evidence it potentially provides about Phar Lap's
untimely death. We are honoured to have it in our collection and it will
join our rich collection of Phar Lap artifacts, currently on display at
The National Cultural Heritage Account was established under the
Protection of Movable Cultural Heritage Act 1986.
Other items acquired through the Account include Phar Lap's saddle,
obtained by Museum Victoria in 2004, the Aboriginal Man, Woman and
Child, Yarra Yarra Tribe portrait by Douglas Kilburn also acquired by
Museum Victoria, the Bussell family diaries acquired by the State Library
of Western Australia, and World War One sketchbooks by Arthur Streeton,
acquired by the Australian War Memorial.
For more information
Media contact: Ben Pratt: 0419 968 734
8) 1st Announcement -
International Congress - Concrete 2009
UNIVERSITY OF MOLISE
Faculty of Engineering
Course of Architecture technique
Course of Technology for the construction recovery
Course of Technology of the building yard
UNIVERSIDAD DE LA REPUBLICA DELL'URUGUAY
Faculty of Architecture
Course Estabilidad de las construcciones IV
ISTITUTE TORROJA - MADRID
Ist INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS THE BUILDING TECHNIQUES
Termoli - February 2009
In February 2009, at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of
Molise, the Ist multidisciplinary international congress is
TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT OF CONCRETE
Traditions, actualities, prospects
Organized by the courses: Technical Architecture, Technology for the
recovery of constructions Technology of the building yard, curricula in
Construction Techniques Faculty of Engineering of the University of
Molise, Estabilidad de las construcciones IV Faculty of Architecture of
the University of the Republic of Uruguay and the Torroja Institute of
The design of constructive systems with use of concrete has developed in
a time period so extended to show its presence in buildings that are in
the archaeological field as well as in configurations that emphasize
almost exclusively compositional characters.
The material has expressed, technological, chemical, structural and
seismic properties and building yard techniques , which have yet to be
widely tested in a equally critical manner for a reading, more closely
linked to such evolutionary principles, which will lead, furthermore, to
emphasize the value of construction and civil engineering as well as
Similarly, we must reflect on the possibility of an evolutionary phase of
the constructive system with armed concrete strengthened by the synergy
between engineering technology research and manufacturers, which should
increasingly lead to the creation of items, and highly innovative
conglomerates for projects aimed at the most qualified design of
construction elements and special mixtures for the twentieth century
built patrimony that shows a crisis of durability with repercussions on
These considerations imply, as well, studies on methods to adopt
depending on the availability of new materials and diagnostic techniques
both for the recovery of buildings and for the restoration, with
particular regard to archaeological sites.
The congress will be developed in the following sessions:
History of science and building technology in engineering and civil
construction, Details, connections and interactions with different
materials, Mix-design, and innovative special conglomerates, fire
Scheduled maintenance, building yard techniques.
Development of methods and theories of calculation, Seismic behavior,
Construction details in seismic areas
MATERIALS AND RECOVERY
Technology and applied chemistry, diagnosis, intervention techniques
for conservation, Intervention examples
MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES IN ARCHAEOLOGY
Evidence of use of conglomerate in history, The material and
techniques for restoration in archaeology, Intervention examples
Special space will be provided for doctoral students by guaranteeing at
least one presentation per session.
The organization will schedule a discussion-conference day on the
received contributions, with the participation of members of the
scientific committee, open to all participants, to draft the proposal of
the concluding document of the congress.
Secretariat of the scientific committee
Arqta. Alejandra Nunez
9) The Opening Chapter: National
Library building turns 40
Rarely seen photographs and architectural plans will go on display
this week at the National Library to celebrate the 40th anniversary of
the opening of the iconic building beside Lake Burley Griffin.
With its elegant classical lines, it is a landmark building in the
Parliamentary Triangle and the principal storehouse of Australia's
documentary heritage. The Opening Chapter exhibition looks at the
physical attributes of the building, including the vision of architects
Bunning and Madden, photographs of the interior by Max Dupain and the
important contribution of renowned artists Henry Moore, Tom Bass and
In the mid-1950s, almost 30 years after moving from its first home in
Melbourne, the Library's collection was spread across 15 buildings in
Canberra including the morgue, laundry and caretaker's office at the old
Canberra Hospital at Acton, a grocery store at the railway station and
(in the case of nitrate films) an explosives shed at the Mugga
In 1961, the Sydney firm Bunning & Madden, with associates Tom
O'Mahoney and Noel Potter, was appointed the Library's architect. Curator
Martin Terry said the final plans set out a temple-like form flanked by
two auxiliary wings - to be constructed over a 40-year period - but only
the central block was actually built.
"The foundation stone was laid by Prime Minister Sir Robert Menzies on 31
March 1966. He wanted 'something with columns' and while the architects
obliged with unmistakeable references to the Parthenon in Athens, they
were aware of more contemporary trends," he said. The Library was opened
on 15 August 1968 by Prime Minister John Gorton, and admitted its first
readers three days later.
National Library Director-General Jan Fullerton said special events to
mark the opening would be held in August. "This anniversary is not just
about the past. It is a time to reflect on the Library's vision for the
future, including a focus on preserving our digital memory and the
creation of a new Treasures Gallery."
The Opening Chapter: Building the National Library, 18 April
2008 - 16 November 2008, Visitor Centre. Open daily, Monday to Thursday 9
am - 9 pm; Friday to Sunday and public holidays 9 am - 5 pm. Free.
Martin Terry is available for interview. High-resolution images are
available for download at
Sally Hopman, 02 6262 1704;
Ellen Peterson, 02 6262 1571;
10) Conservation Projects Officer,
Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority
The Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority is
seeking to appoint a Conservation Projects Officer, who will
perform, a broad range of functions including, but not limited to,
assisting in the effective and efficient management of conservation and
infrastructure tasks and projects, including archaeology projects.
The position is full time, 38 hours per week for a fixed term period of
two years. Salary range is $40,628 - 59,856 per annum and accruing Annual
Leave, and Sick Leave.
If further information is needed about this vacancy, please contact Greg
Jackman, Archaeology Manager, phone (03) 6251 2336, mobile 0407 339118 or
Intending applicants must obtain the appropriate selection documentation,
this can be obtained from the
websites or by contacting Philip Johnston on (03) 62512357 or email
C.O.B. FRIDAY 16 MAY 2008
11) Manager, Public Programs, Old
Exhibitions, Research and Programs
Old Parliament House and National Portrait Gallery
Manager, Public Programs
Old Parliament House
Executive Level 2
Salary range $90,891 - $102,299
Old Parliament House is looking for a highly motivated leader to
undertake the key strategic role of Manager, Public Programs. This
position is responsible for managing the visitor experience, including
delivering high quality front of house and visitor services; development
and delivery of exceptional education and learning programs to schools
and lifelong learners; creative and engaging interpretive programs for
our diverse audiences, such as tours, museum theatre and special events.
This position also manages Old Parliament House's dedicated volunteer
The Manager, Public Programs will also contribute to the organisation's
future strategic development, assisting with capability building amongst
staff and volunteers, as Old Parliament House broadens its role to
encompass the past, present and future of Australian Democracy.
About Old Parliament House
Old Parliament House is an award winning tourist attraction, a
National Heritage Listed place and a museum of Australian political and
parliamentary history. This symbol of Australia's rich parliamentary
history and democratic traditions gives visitors a unique experience
through the interpretation of its evocative heritage spaces. Our new and
exciting project, the Gallery of Australian Democracy, will add to our
already strong calendar of exhibitions, events and education programs,
and will inspire our visitors to celebrate, debate and experience the
past, present and future of Australia's democracy.
Applications Close: Monday 2 June 2008
Contact for documentation: Megan Rumpf (02) 6270
12) Context P/L seeks a recent
graduate for full time role
Context is seeking a recent graduate to work full-time in our busy
consultancy business. Context specialises in strategic planning, research
and consultation for heritage, environment and community projects. The
person appointed to this role would join our multidisciplinary team of
professionals in consultation, planning, architecture, history,
archaeology, organisational change, facilitation, and more. We are
located in Brunswick.
The graduate trainee position is a full-time entry level position, and is
suitable for a recent graduate in a humanities discipline or perhaps an
exceptional undergraduate who is taking 1-2 years away from their studies
to build work skills and a greater appreciation of opportunities in their
In this role you will gain exposure to a broad range of projects and
develop an understanding of what is involved in the successful planning,
management and delivery of consultancy services. You will get a chance to
develop your knowledge and skills.
For a detailed position description please email
Applications close on Monday 5 May 2008.
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