E-Mail News No. 334
1) National Library calls for applications for the 2008
Community Heritage Grants
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Friday 9 May 2008
2) Seminar at Deakin University - The conservation of the painting
'Em Thuy' by Tran Van Can
3) ICOMOS now in contact with INTO (International National Trusts
4) 2009 International Conference of National Trusts, Dublin,
5) Conservation of Art Heritage and Heritage Education
6) Belated report on successful World Heritage Day Workshop -
Friday April 18th 2008 - held at St Francis Xavier Cathedral Adelaide
7) Assistant Manager, Heritage (Position No. 45114), Heritage
& Property Branch, Old Parliament House
1) National Library calls for
applications for the 2008 Community Heritage Grants
The National Library is calling for applications for the 2008
Community Heritage Grants.
The grants of up to $15 000 are available to community groups around the
country to help preserve and manage locally held, nationally significant
cultural heritage collections of documents and objects for future
Activities supported include significance assessments, preservation needs
assessments, purchase of archival storage materials, digitisation,
conservation treatments and environmental control.
Applications for grants for collection management workshops for staff and
volunteers from community organisations to improve their skills when
working with heritage collections are also welcome.
Representatives from historical societies, museums, public libraries,
archives, and Indigenous and migrant community groups are encouraged to
apply. Applications close on Friday 30 June 2008.
Since 1994 a combined total of almost $2.5 million in funding has been
provided to 591 projects.
The 2008 Community Heritage Grants Program is funded by the Australian
Government through the National Library of Australia; the Department of
the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts; the National Archives of
Australia; the National Film and Sound Archive; and the National Museum
Information, guidelines and application forms are available at
Sally Hopman, 02 6262 1704;
Ellen Peterson, 02 6262 1571;
2) Seminar at Deakin University -
The conservation of the painting 'Em Thuy' by Tran Van Can
Tuesday 13 May
Presenter: Caroline Fry, Paintings Conservator, Public
Records Office of Victoria
Caroline Fry is a paintings conservator at the Centre for the
Conservation of Material Culture (CCMC). In 2004 Caroline was awarded the
Asialink Residency at the National Museum of Fine Arts in Hanoi. While
there she conserved an iconic Vietnamese painting 'Em Thuy' painted by
the artist Tran Van Can in 1943. At the end of the Residency Caroline was
awarded a Medal by the Vietnamese Ministry of Culture and Information for
her 'contribution towards the preservation of Vietnamese Art'. Caroline
will discuss the conservation of this painting.
Caroline works primarily as a conservator, at the CCMC, responsible
for the conservation treatment of paintings from various collections,
including public collections such as regional galleries, and commercial
galleries and private individuals. In addition, Caroline lectures and
instructs students enrolled in the Masters Degree in Conservation of
Material Culture. Caroline's educational background spans a variety of
disciplines, she has a Bachelor of Science Degree (The University of
Melbourne) and Bachelor of Applied Science in Conservation (The
University of Canberra). She is also qualified in Education (Dip. Ed) and
has a Post Graduate Diploma in Museum Studies.
Caroline has worked in various capacities in major cultural intuitions,
such as The State Library, Museum of Victoria and the National Gallery of
Victoria, and has worked for the past 10 years as a painting conservator.
. Since completing her Asialink Residency at the National Museum of Fine
Arts in Hanoi in 2004 Caroline has maintained contact with various
cultural agencies in Vietnam, and has initiated several placements for
Australian conservators to work in Vietnamese Museums. These placements
have assisted in preservation of collections allowing the conservator to
work alongside and train Vietnamese museum staff. Caroline participated
in the Asialink Leaders Program in 2007.
There is no entry charge and everyone is welcome
Venue: The Blue Room, Building B Room 2.20, Deakin University
For a map of the campus see
3) ICOMOS now in contact with INTO
(International National Trusts Organisation)
ICOMOS International is now in contact with the International
National Trusts Organisation (INTO). The International Secretariat
recently welcomed a visit of Oliver Maurice, one of INTOs voluntary
Director's, and Mr Maurice has also met ICOMOS International's Secretary
General, Dinu Bumbaru.
Anyone interested in applying to join INTO and support the global
movement of National Trusts should contact
4) 2009 International Conference
of National Trusts, Dublin, Ireland
The dates of the 2009 International Conference of National Trusts
have been announced. Hosted by An Taisce, The National Trust for Ireland,
the Conference will take place in Dublin from Sunday 13 - Thursday 17
Sunday will be for arrivals and registration followed by a welcome
reception. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday will be working sessions in
Dublin Castle, interspersed with local site visits. The Conference will
close formally on Thursday when delegates will have the option to enjoy
longer site visits.
5) Conservation of Art Heritage
and Heritage Education Workshop
Following on from the achievements of the 12th ICNT and the
recommendations emerging from the Conference, INTACH are now organising a
smaller Conference aimed at Asian participation which will focus on two
specific areas - Conservation of Art Heritage and Heritage Education.
Accordingly, it will be named Asian Regional Cooperation in Heritage
Conservation of Art Heritage & Heritage Education, and will be held
in New Delhi from December 2 - 4, 2008.
The choice of subject areas as well as the geographical range of invited
countries has been determined by several factors. These include the
richness and variety of Asian art and natural heritage; the historic and
cultural linkages within the region leading to shared traditions; and the
many traditional conservation and education methods across the continent,
part of the intangible heritage of Asia, some parts of which are alive
INTACH are seeking to invite experts in these fields to participate in
two simultaneous panel sessions, one of which will deal with conservation
(including of varied materials such as wood, metal, stone, painting, etc)
and the other with heritage education.
The idea is to enable meetings, networking, building partnerships and the
exchange of ideas and best practices towards creating an Asian regional
platform for conservators, archaeologists, artists, educationists and
teachers. The goal is that of developing strategies based on Asian
regional cooperation, much-needed in the context of heritage conservation
Please contact AshaRani Mathur,
INTACH for further information.
6) Belated report on successful
World Heritage Day Workshop - Friday April 18th 2008 - held at St Francis
Xavier Cathedral Adelaide
Over 40 people attended this event which was well received - the meeting
started with an explanation of the current conservation works at the
Cathedral, and outlining of the design approach to the new sacristy
building. This was followed by a hands on demonstration of the stone
conservation being undertaken at the Cathedral - with gauging and mixing
of mortars undertaken and discussions about the application of hydraulic
and non hydraulic limes. There was also a demonstration of Jos cleaning,
- all presented by Heritage Stone Restoration, the contractor for the
Anthony Coupe reported on his recent work to Champasak Laos and outlined
building repairs being undertaken to a a temple library in a World
Heritage Site in Laos - a project being supported by the Streetwise Asia
Fund for Heritage Conservation.
Other presentations included the Baptist Church, Flinders Street by Mark
Butcher and David Brown of BB Architects, and Kate McDougall outlined the
Hong Kong Synagogue adaptation and conservation project.
Presentations were followed by hearty drinks and eats, and it was agreed
that another event would be held in 6 months time, to allow for ongoing
discussions of practical conservation issues by local heritage architects
and other practitioners.
The event raised nearly $600 for the Streetwise Asia fund due to generous
sponsorship of all food and drinks by Heritage Stone Restoration.
SA ICOMOS representative.
7) Assistant Manager, Heritage
(Position No. 45114), Heritage & Property Branch, Old Parliament
About the position
Expressions of interest are sought in the EL1 position of Assistant
Manager, Heritage within the Heritage and Property Branch of Old
Parliament House (OPH) for 12 months commencing 30 June 2008.
The Assistant Manager, Heritage is integral to the operations of OPH and
will play a key role in managing conservation and collection projects and
have input in the development of the Gallery of Australian Democracy and
the second stage of the Australian Prime Ministers' Centre. A key
challenge for this position will be working with other areas of OPH to
align the new initiative with the obligations arising out of the
Commonwealth and National Heritage Listing of OPH under the Commonwealth
EPBC Act, through implementation of the OPH Heritage Management
Applicants should provide a two page Expression of Interest (EOI)
addressing the criteria together with a resume to Ree Kent, Manager,
Selection may be made on the basis of EOIs rather than interview.
For further information please contact Ree Kent on (02) 6270 8221 or
using the email address above.
The following duties will be undertaken under limited supervision, and in
accordance with the APS Values and the Code of Conduct.
1. Either individually, or as a member of
the team, manage investigations and studies to provide information and
develop policy advice on heritage management, collection management, and
exhibition issues relating to Old Parliament House.
2. Implement the Heritage Management Plan
for Old Parliament House, including the Collection Management
3. Develop, implement and supervise work
programs, provide advice on, and/or carry out research and investigations
in relation to, the conservation management of Old Parliament House and
its heritage collections.
4. Prepare briefs, contracts,
correspondence and approval documentation as it relates to heritage and
collection management of Old Parliament House.
5. Undertake contract management and
financial management tasks appropriate to the work of the section.
6. Supervise staff and contractors engaged
for building and collection conservation work and collection
1. Demonstrated work achievement relevant
to the duties of the position including an ability to develop and
implement heritage management and collection management programs for a
2. Demonstrated understanding and
experience as a decision maker working within the Commonwealth Heritage
system, as prescribed under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity
Conservation Act 1999.
3. Demonstrated experience in contract and
project management and strong analytical, conceptual and administrative
4. Highly developed oral and written
communication skills, good interpersonal skills and the ability to liaise
with staff at all levels from government and non-government sectors.
5. Initiative, self motivation and
experience working as a team leader and team member on complex issues
6. Tertiary qualifications and/or
experience relevant to cultural heritage and collection management
applied to and in a heritage place.
7. Demonstrated understanding of Australian
Public Service policies on finance and personnel issues including
Workplace Diversity, Workplace Participation and Occupational Health and
Applications close 23/05/2008
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