E-Mail News No. 340
1) Australia ICOMOS Victorian Scholarship - Call for
For mail order transactions: Australia
ICOMOS now accepts Visa and MasterCard
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Friday 20 June 2008
2) Heritage Tourism in Australia - A Guide for Historical Societies
by Dianne Snowden now available online
3) Report on the US ICOMOS International Symposium by Kristal
4) Latest edition of Heritage At Risk 2006-2007 now available
5) Collaborative Projects Showcase - Call for participants in pilot
6) Link to Heritage South Australia's E-news
7) Streetwise Asia Update - Tax Deductible Donations Sought Pre End
8) Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts:
Media Release - Plan to Protect Antarctic Home of Australian Pioneer
9) Report on 2008 ICOMOS Asia Pacific Regional Meeting by Peter
10) IMPORTANT NOTE for members paying their renewal by bank
1) Australia ICOMOS Victorian
Scholarship - Call for applications
Value: $5,000 exclusive of GST
The purpose of this scholarship, funded by Heritage Victoria and
delivered through Australia ICOMOS, is to provide funding towards a
recognised specialist heritage training course.
Applications close: Monday 21 July 2008.
Please see attached
flyer for further information.
2) Heritage Tourism in Australia -
A Guide for Historical Societies by Dianne Snowden now available
In May 2008 the Federation of Australian Historical Societies (FAHS)
published its most recent guide for members of Australian historical
societies. Unlike previous guides, this 'book' has been published
exclusively on the web and is available to everyone free of charge.
It is Heritage Tourism in Australia: a guide for historical
societies. It is available on the FAHS website
The FAHS commissioned Tasmanian author and genealogical researcher Dr
Dianne Snowden to write the book. It was published with financial
assistance from the New South Wales Heritage Council. (Department of
Planning Heritage Branch, New South Wales, under its Heritage Incentives
This publication reflects the growing interest in heritage tourism in
Australia, and the vital role that the nearly 1000 local historical
societies already play in facilitating access to local heritage, and will
increasingly play in the future. Historical societies are major
repositories of local knowledge and memory, and through their
collections, museums and advice, do a great deal to make history and
heritage available to both locals and visitors.
This guide is intended to assist them to work in partnerships with local
authorities and tourist groups to develop local heritage in the promotion
of tourism, and in the use of tourism to promote heritage.
This publication offers guidance and instruction on the following
- Developing recognition that heritage has become a major part of
tourism in many regions of Australia
- Sourcing materials, information, expertise and guidance from
other historical societies with special mention of My Connected
- Guidance to sensitising local societies to their capacity to
contribute to local heritage tourism, such as publications, museums,
heritage walks (both guided walks and pamphlet guides), heritage tours,
signposts and plaques etc
- Working with local councils, tourism authorities etc to promote
the heritage of the locality
- Devising heritage walks and other heritage activities for
- Promoting the heritage of the local community and region
- Running historical museums and preparing heritage displays
- Publishing pamphlets and other heritage materials for
- Producing heritage signs
Where possible or appropriate, bibliographical sources are included.
3) Report on the US ICOMOS
International Symposium by Kristal Buckley
The US ICOMOS International Symposium
US Participation in the Global Heritage Community
Washington DC, May 2008
Dear Australia ICOMOS Members & Friends,
I have recently returned from Washington and the 2008 US ICOMOS
International Symposium. Many Australians have had the honour of making
presentations at these meetings in past years and will remember their
outstanding quality of organisation and international exchange.
This year, US ICOMOS made a conscious shift in its approach and held a
meeting focused on strategic planning. This was to follow up the work of
Panel #11 (US Participation in the Global Preservation Community) of the
2006 Preserve America Summit held in New Orleans under the
patronage of the US First Lady, Mrs Laura Bush.
I believe that the Preserve America program offers a number of
elements that could be usefully replicated here in Australia. This is a
subject of discussion by Australia ICOMOS and the National Cultural
Heritage Forum at the moment.
There is much more to the program than the Summit - but the Summit
process in one element that seems very promising for Australia (see
The process involved a wide range of stakeholder organisations and
government officials, working in 11 Panels on key topic areas, a youth
forum, associated programming by the History Channel, the 2006
Summit itself and a 'post-summit' follow up process.
Participants - selected for their knowledge and diversity - were expected
to do some real work in the lead-up to the Summit.
The 11 Panels were:
1. Building a Preservation Ethic & Public Appreciation
2. Coordinating the Stewardship & Use of our Cultural
3. Determining What's Important
4. Protecting Places that Matter
5. Improving the Preservation Program Infrastructure
6. Dealing with the Unexpected
7. Addressing Security
8. Using Historic Properties as Economic Assets
9. Involving All Cultures
10. Fostering Innovation
11. Participating in the Global Preservation Community
The US ICOMOS meeting this year aimed to follow-up the Summit's work and
was based on the wise recognition of the opportunity presented by the
prospect of a new Presidential administration in the US next year
(regardless of anyone's political preferences or predictions).
The evening before the start of the meeting, there was a public event at
the National Building Museum, featuring Mr Omar Sultan, Deputy Minister
of Culture in Afghanistan. He spoke about the recent recovery of some
very precious collections in a bank vault in Kabul - material which had
been assumed to be missing for some decades. Some of this material is
being exhibited by the National Gallery in Washington. We were privileged
to view the exhibit and were evocatively introduced to it by Fred Hiebert
of the National Geographic Society. This was a real highlight for all the
The meeting began with some very useful case studies illustrating the
possibilities of international cooperation from people from around the
world - the USA, Sweden, Cyprus, Latin America, China, Indonesia - and
our own Liz Vines from Adelaide, South Australia. I was honoured to
present Liz's paper when important work for UNESCO in Asia prevented her
from travelling to the USA. Her paper was about the learning gained from
her work in various parts of Asia leading to her book Streetwise Asia and
the establishment of the Streetwise Asia Fund. Her paper was very well
received, as well as generating a lot of discussion and support for the
Streetwise Asia Fund. (For more information on this project, or to
purchase the book or donate to the Fund, please contact Liz Vines on
Part of the meeting was spent workshopping specific actions for US ICOMOS
to progress the Preserve America Summit outcomes in the areas of
community building, stewardship, leadership and capacity building.
Gustavo Araoz - Executive Director of US ICOMOS and ICOMOS International
Vice-President - is now pulling together the outcomes of this work into a
clear and strategic work plan - one that will be very informative for us
in Australia to share and consider.
Washington is a very lovely and impressive city and it was a pleasure to
visit, to meet with so many like-minded colleagues and to participate in
the meeting. It is always refreshing to discover again how much we share
in common with North American colleagues.
US ICOMOS does more than many national committees to support the
participation of younger professionals in its work. There was an evening
event for Young Professionals during the conference program, and while in
Washington, we also had the chance to meet the 2008 group of US ICOMOS
International Interns who were leaving the next day for their placements
across the US and across the world - including Monique Galloway from
Sydney. This is such a great program - a wonderful example of what ICOMOS
can do to promote better understanding and high standards of conservation
practice. We look forward to Monique's return to learn about her
experience of working at the exciting site of the Presidio in San
Congratulations and thanks to John Fowler, the President of US ICOMOS and
his Board, Gustavo Araoz and Don Jones for the experience. We will look
forward to the outcomes of this work, and also to the next US ICOMOS
International Symposium with great interest. For more information, please
feel free to contact me
go to the US ICOMOS website
ICOMOS International Vice-President
4) Latest edition of Heritage At
Risk 2006-2007 now available online
The latest edition of Heritage At Risk 2006-2007 is now available
to download from
5) Collaborative Projects Showcase
- call for participants in pilot project
The Collections Council is pleased to announce the launch of a
test site for the Collaborative Projects Showcase and is calling
for participants to contribute to the pilot phase of the Showcase.
We are particularly interested in hearing from projects developed in
collaboration between different types of collecting organisations (e.g. a
gallery and an historical society; a museum and a library; etc). For more
Please register your interest if you have a collaborative project you
would like to promote or if you have any other comments or suggestions
for the content of the Showcase by sending an email to
The Collections Council is aiming to complete preliminary testing of the
Showcase by the end of July 2008.
Collections Council of Australia Ltd
Tel: + 61 (3) 9689 9808
6) Link to Heritage South
To view the June 2008 issue of Heritage South Australia's E-news,
7) Streetwise Asia Update - Tax
Deductible Donations Sought Pre End Financial Year
The Streetwise Asia Fund has now been in operation for more than a
year. This is modest not for profit fund which aims to provide grass
roots assistance to conservation projects in Asia, also providing
educational and community benefits. The first project is now nearly
completed. Another key objective for the Fund is to provide
opportunities for heritage professionals to travel in Asia and become
involved in voluntary conservation work assisting with heritage projects.
For the first project, Anthony Coupe, a South Australian ICOMOS member
and his wife Felicity volunteered, and with their 12 year old son,
travelled to Laos in October 2007. Laos had been suggested by the
UNESCO Bangkok Office as there were possible projects identified which
required financial support. They travelled to Laos assessing four
possible projects and then prepared a report which identified the
Community Library and Learning Resource Centre within the Vat Phou
Champasak World Heritage Area, an area which was World Heritage Listed in
2001. The building had been vacant for some time and was in a state of
decay. Constructed in the 1930s, it is of a traditional French Colonial
style and sits amongst traditional Lao style raised timber houses. The
project had received some partial funding provided through the Lerici
Foundation and there was a shortfall, with no available budget for
re-roofing. As an initial project for the Streetwise Fund it was ideal -
as the project management structure had already been established, and
other works were underway. Photographs have just been received of the
nearly completed project and Liz Vines is able to email interested
parties copies of these.
The project funding allocation was A$13,000 which included assistance
provided for a local architect from Laos to supervise the works.
We are now investigating other projects, but the fund requires topping
up!! Established initially through the sale of the Streetwise Asia
publication, many ICOMOS members have generously contributed to the fund,
and this has been the main source of donations. The fund gains its tax
effective status by operating under the umbrella of Australind Children's
Fund, a South Australian Charity established to provide assistance for
educational and health facilities in 3rd world countries focusing at
present in Chennai, India and the Streetwise projects are very
Please contact Liz Vines on
(or mob 0419 816 525), who will email you the donation details and any
other details you may require.
Thank you again for your generosity - in anticipation!!!
PS Kristal Buckley, our International Vice President, presented a
paper at the end of May on the Streetwise initiative at the forthcoming
ICOMOS conference in Washington, which had as its theme "Developing a
comprehensive approach to US participation in the global heritage
8) Department of the Environment,
Water, Heritage and the Arts: Media Release - Plan to Protect Antarctic
Home of Australian Pioneer
Environment and Heritage Minister, Peter Garrett today launched a
comprehensive management plan to conserve and protect the place that
Douglas Mawson called home.
The Mawson's Huts Historic Site Management Plan 2007-2012 sets out
the direction of management of the site regarded as Australia's most
significant historic presence in Antarctica.
"Mawson led the 1911-1914 Australasian Antarctic Expedition, arriving at
Commonwealth Bay early in 1912 where he and his colleagues built a number
of huts to house them and their scientific equipment," Mr Garrett said.
"Remarkably, the huts remain today although time and the elements have
taken their toll."
"Conservation of the site is important because of Mawson's major
contribution to the world of polar scientific research and exploration
"This management plan ensures proper care and conservation of the place
Douglas Mawson called 'the home of the blizzard'," Mr Garrett said.
"In recent times, a number of expeditions by the Australian Antarctic
Division and the Mawson's Huts Foundation, have carried out a range of
critical conservation work," Mr Garrett said.
"It was Douglas Mawson's foresight and appreciation of the importance of
Antarctic science that led to Australia's current endeavours there as he
was a tireless lobbyist of governments to secure ongoing funding for that
purpose," he said.
Mawson travelled to Antarctica on several occasions and his great
achievement as an Antarctic leader and scientist were recognised with a
knighthood from King George V.
"Sir Douglas Mawson is an Antarctic pioneer who rightly takes his place
alongside other polar luminaries Roald Amundsen, Ernest Shackleton and
Robert Scott," Mr Garrett said.
The site was included on the National Heritage List in 2005 for its
outstanding historic significance, and on the Commonwealth Heritage List
for its historic values in 2004. It had been registered on the Register
of the National Estate since 1980.
The Mawson's Huts Historic Site Management Plan 2007-2012 is available
9) Report on 2008 ICOMOS Asia
Pacific Regional Meeting by Peter Phillips
Last week I attended the highly successful Asia-Pacific Regional
meeting in Hangzhou, China, as a guest of ICOMOS China. It was followed
by the two-day Hangzhou Forum on the Conservation of World Heritage.
Other Australians attending the meetings were International
Vice-President Kristal Buckley, Sheridan Burke (who acted as rapporteur)
and Robert Moore. We are most grateful to ICOMOS China and the Hangzhou
Municipal Government for hosting the meeting and providing such a
wonderful experience for all the delegates there.
The outcomes of the Regional meeting included the following
- Cultural landscapes are particularly vulnerable
in the Asia Pacific region
- The role of community engagement in cultural
landscape management is fundamental
- ICOMOS is an essential regional professional
network for conservation in Asia Pacific
- Presenting and interpreting heritage places is
an essential part of the conservation process
- Learning from old buildings and town plans to
inform the design and energy performance of new structures in a time of
new imperatives for energy conservation is vital
- Heritage conservation should be seen as a
respected resource in economic development
The participants at the meeting offered their sympathy and warm support
for the people of China and colleagues affected by the Wenchau earthquake
of May 12 and noted:
- The importance of ensuring ICOMOS China input
to the planning process now being undertaken;
- That ICOMOS regional committees are ready to
assist when China is ready to receive support and practical input to the
earthquake response efforts, and
- Support for entry upon the World Heritage In
Danger list of the Diaolou and villages of Kiang and Tibetan nationality,
now on China's tentative world heritage nomination list.
Sheridan Burke's full report on the meeting will be available on our web
Expression of interest: assistance with reconstruction of cultural
heritage in China
In relation to the Diaolu villages damaged by the earthquake, Guo
Zhan (International Vice-President from ICOMOS China) indicated to me at
the Regional meeting that there could be scope for specialist architects
and structural engineers from Australia to assist in the reconstruction
of cultural heritage items. The details of the arrangement are not yet
worked out, although I understand that some travel assistance may be
provided by the Chinese government. At this stage, could I ask any of our
members with appropriate expertise, who might be willing to go to China
for a number of weeks at short notice, to send me an e-mail
(firstname.lastname@example.org) indicating your
interest, availability and expertise.
Australia ICOMOS President
10) IMPORTANT NOTE for members
paying their renewal by bank transfer
Dear Australia ICOMOS members,
Renewal notices were sent out a few weeks ago and many of you have chosen
(or will choose) to pay by direct bank transfer.
Please note that it is imperative to include your name and
membership number as a reference when transferring funds so that the
payment can be correctly allocated to you.
A note to any member who made a bank transfer on June 10 or 11:
please contact the Secretariat via email
as there is one payment that cannot be identified.
Many thanks to all who are remitting early - Australia ICOMOS greatly
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