Australia ICOMOS E-Mail News No. 355
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An information service provided by the Australia ICOMOS Secretariat
Friday 19 September 2008
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1)  Making Public Histories - Seminar Series
2)  Australia ICOMOS - Canberra Talk Series
3)  (Un)loved Modern - Australia ICOMOS Annual Conference - flyer attached
4)  History Week 2008
5)  APTNE 2009 Annual Symposium - call for abstracts
6)  Jewish Heritage E-Report - subscription details
7)  National Cultural Heritage Forum Ends
 
Situations Vacant...
8)  Heritage Victoria seeks expressions of interest for a Heritage Advisor
9)  Conservation Manager - Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority

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1) Making Public Histories - Seminar Series
 
Creating Victoria's Framework of Historical Themes
Making Public Histories - Seminar Series
 
Thursday 16 October 2008 from 5:30pm to 7pm
 
State Library of Victoria, Seminar room 1, Entry 3 La Trobe St
 
Amanda Bacon (manager of the strategic projects unit in Heritage Victoria) will outline the origins and aims of a project which is developing a framework of historical themes for assessment, management, promotion and interpretation of Victoria's heritage places and objects.
 
Sandy Blair from Melbourne-based consultancy firm Context will outline the challenges of creating a set of themes that are at once engaging, inclusive of a wide range of experiences, and also applicable across the natural, indigenous, and historic environments.
 
As Heritage Council representative on the project, Renate Howe will explore the different ways that historians, heritage professionals and local government administrators perceive historical themes.
 
The Making Public Histories Seminar Series is offered jointly by Monash University's Institute for Public History, the History Council of Victoria and the State Library of Victoria.
 
The final Seminar in the Series for 2008 is Exhibiting Melbourne: The city in the Museum (20 November).
 
Venue Information www.slv.vic.gov.au/programs
 
Admission is Free and all are welcome to attend.
 
History Week 2008 - http://www.historyweek.org.au
Discover the wonder of Victoria's past! History week runs from 12-19 October 2008.

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2) Australia ICOMOS - Canberra Talk Series
 
Evidence and Values/Fact or Fetish-Reflecting Significant 'Events' in Australia's Heritage Registers
 
Meredith Walker and Andrew Sneddon
 
The creation of the National Heritage List by the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 raises new questions about the scope and application of those heritage principles adopted and adapted by the Australian heritage profession.
 
With the EPBC Act emphasising heritage 'places' and 'values', there has been a subtle shift away from the tangible, such that we may now ask: just how important is physical evidence anyway?
 
ICOMOS members Meredith Walker and Andrew Sneddon will discuss these developments by reference to recent additions to the National Heritage List and nominations to other heritage registers that have proved less successful. They will draw on examples from our own history including the site of Ned Kelly's capture at Glenrowan, the site of the Eureka Stockade, and the place where the infamous Battle of Brisbane was fought in World War II.
 
The presentation will include discussion about what types of places might warrant listing and other options for recognising historic places.
 
Meredith and Andrew's presentations will develop some of the themes of their papers presented at an ICOMOS/ICCROM conference in Florence in 2007, organised by the ICOMOS Scientific Committee on Theory and Philosophy of Conservation and Restoration (the Theory committee).
 
Members and the public are welcome. Refreshments available.
 
Time & Date:  5.00-6.30 pm, Thursday 2 October - the talk will actually start at 5.30.
 
Venue:  Menzies Room, National Archives of Australia, East Block, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes (enter from Kings Avenue side).
 
RSVP:  To Duncan Marshall at marsd@ozemail.com.au

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3) (Un)loved Modern - Australia ICOMOS Annual Conference - flyer attached
 
(Un)loved Modern Australia ICOMOS Annual Conference
7-10 July 2009, Sydney, Australia
 
Presented in association with ICOMOS 20th Century International Scientific Committee, Association for Preservation Technology (Australia), DOCOMOMO Australia, Royal Australian Institute of Architects and International Union of Architects.
           
Please see the attached flyer for further information.

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4) History Week 2008
 
www.historyweek.org.au
12 - 19 October
 
Discover the wonders of Victoria's past
 
Contact details:
To find out more about History Week or to get involved in the celebrations, visit/call/email:
 
History Week 2008
c/o Royal Historical Society of Victoria
239 A'Beckett Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
T: (03) 9326 9288
E: info@historyweek.org.au

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5) APTNE 2009 Annual Symposium - call for abstracts
 
APTNE 2009 Annual Symposium
Glass in Architecture
 
DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACT SUBMISSION: OCTOBER 24 2008
 
The Association of Preservation Technology - Northeast Chapter invites the submission of presentations for the March 20, 2009 Symposium to be held in Boston, MA.
 
The focus of the Symposium will be the use of glass in architecture, including but not necessarily limited to glass spandrel/cladding, glass block, stained/art glass and structural glass. Papers on the following topics are encouraged:
 
-         Architectural and cultural significance. The examination of glass in architecture and its use as a social, economic and cultural component of material culture.
-         Glass and its development in the 20th Century. This is a history of technology session.
-         Replicating, recreating and conserving glass. Papers should address the context of the use, conservation issues, and how the glass is being modified for new uses.
 
Any presentations that discuss case studies should address one of the topics and the presenters are encouraged to demonstrate how the case study contributes to the field of architectural glass studies, research, design or construction issues by providing in-depth analysis of what was learned in the course of the study or project. Presentations are to be 30 minutes in length and are to be in English.
 
Abstracts should be 250 to 300 words, in English and must include the title, the name of the speaker or speakers, the address of the speaker and any institution they are representing, email address of the speaker and the speaker's resume.
 
Selection Criteria
All abstracts are peer reviewed by an APTNE-appointed committee. Each abstract is evaluated in four key areas:
 
-         Originality
-         Quality of the abstract (clearly defines out-comes, flows smoothly)
-         Relevance/significance to the field of Historic Preservation
-         Objectives
 
Important Deadlines
-         October 24, 2008 Submission of Abstracts
-         November 14, 2008 Notification of Acceptance
-         December 20, 2008 First Draft of Papers Due
-         February 4, 2009 Final Papers Due
-         March 1, 2009 Powerpoint Presentations Due
 
Please submit your abstract information by October 24, 2008 to:
 
APTNE c/o Mary Jablonski
40 West 27th Street
New York, NY 10001
mjablonski@jbconservation.com
 
Selection Notification and Speaker Responsibilities
Please read the following guidelines carefully:
 
-         If your abstract is accepted, you must submit a formal written paper (5-10 pages minimum) for inclusion in the symposium proceedings.
-         Each presenter will receive a complimentary registration for the symposium. Speakers will not be paid. All travel and additional expenses are the responsibility of the speaker.
-         If your abstract is selected, you will be notified by November 14, 2008.
-         Presenters are encouraged to use powerpoint technology to enhance their presentations. No other audiovisual requirements will be permitted.
-         Powerpoint presentations must be submitted to APTNE at a specified deadline date in order to preload presentation to avoid on-site slow downs.
-         Speakers not meeting key deadlines may be removed from the program.

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6) Jewish Heritage E-Report - subscription details
 
The Jewish Heritage E-Report contains world news about Jewish art, architecture and historic sites from the International Survey of Jewish Monuments (ISJM), and is edited by Samuel D. Gruber.
 
Individuals wishing to subscribe directly to the Jewish Heritage E-Report please contact samuelgruber@gmail.com with "subscribe to ISJM" in subject line.

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7) National Cultural Heritage Forum Ends
 
Members might be aware that Australia ICOMOS has for some years provided the Secretariat for the National Cultural Heritage Forum (NCHF) - a very broad umbrella of grass roots and professional organisations. The last full meeting of the Forum with the previous Minister occurred in August 2007.
 
Since the change of Government at the Commonwealth level, the Secretariat of the Forum has had a series of discussions with Government officials and the Minister's office about the issues for Australia's heritage, and the future for the operation of the Forum. A delegation of the NCHF Secretariat, Australia ICOMOS, the Australian Council of National Trusts, and the Federation of Australian Historical Societies has met twice this year with the Minister for the Environment, Heritage & the Arts, the Hon Peter Garrett AM MP.
 
The most recent meeting was held in Sydney in early August. At that meeting, the NCHF delegation discussed a number of issues and proposals for Australia's cultural heritage, and produced a summary document Australia's Cultural Heritage: Important Needs & Proposed Responses, which is on the Australia ICOMOS website.
( http://www.icomos.org/australia/images/pdf/NCHF%202008%20V3%20final.pdf ).
 
The document summarises some of the materials which make up the 'snap shot' of the issues and challenges for Australia's heritage - including the report of the recent Productivity Commission Inquiry, the 2006 Australian State of the Environment Report, and the NCHF analysis of recent Commonwealth budgets.
 
The document details: five major areas of problems, five strategic directions, and five program proposals developed by the Forum organisations (in addition to the need for a substantial new Cultural Heritage Fund).
 
The proposals in the document range across the interests of the NCHF - including the role of local government, the impacts of climate change, cultural tourism, teaching Australian history and the need to support community-based stewardship of heritage places. It also promotes the possibility of organising a Heritage Summit for Australia.
 
Of course, these are only some of the proposals and ideas that could be developed further in collaboration with the Government once the Minister has determined some initial priorities.
 
During these discussions, we have also taken the opportunity to discuss the question of how the Government wishes to engage with NGOs in formulating new directions for Australia's cultural heritage, and in seeking advice about issues arising in the course of our day-to-day work across the country. At that meeting, a change from the previous working arrangements was one option amongst several discussed.
 
This week, we were advised by the Minister that he has asked the Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage & the Arts to establish a heritage working group to assist him with the issues of building "a stronger economic case for heritage protection in Australia, including by enhancing and raising greater awareness of the significant contribution that Australia's unique heritage places make to local and national economies, particularly as a result of tourism". The NCHF will be discontinued, although the Government is likely to draw upon the experience of members of the Forum over time.
 
Of course, all those involved in the conservation of Australia's cultural heritage wish the Minister speedy and substantial success with this venture.
 
We have enjoyed working with everyone involved in the NCHF - past and present. Since its creation in 1996, the NCHF has served to improve communication and communication between different cultural heritage groups, to bring some common messages to governments, and to respond to proposals and initiatives under consideration. Its 2004 Vision Statement has been widely circulated and used in various contexts to advance heritage policy in Australia. We sincerely hope that the new arrangements that will replace this form of engagement with the Government will be effective in rapidly addressing the issues for Australia's cultural heritage.
 
In the meantime, the Australia ICOMOS Executive Committee has recently started to work on a new strategic directions paper (advertised in the Australia ICOMOS Email News over the past few weeks). Hopefully the previous work by the NCHF will be a useful resource in this work, and we urge all Australia ICOMOS members interested in the national policy agenda to get involved!
 
 
Kristal Buckley, NCHF Chair
Susan McIntyre-Tamwoy, NCHF Secretariat

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8) Heritage Victoria seeks expressions of interest for a Heritage Advisor
 
Education Heritage Advisory Service
 
Heritage Victoria is seeking expressions of interest to appoint a Heritage Advisor to deliver a Heritage Advisory Service for the Victorian Government Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.
 
This is a joint heritage strategy funded project to provide heritage asset management advice to the Department.
 
This pilot project is modelled on the successful local government heritage advisory services, is a twelve month term and is based at the Department's head office at Treasury Place, Melbourne. The selection process is jointly managed by the Department and Heritage Victoria.
 
Submissions must be received by Friday 26 September and queries can be directed to Lisa Rogers, lisa.rogers@dpcd.vic.gov.au or (03) 9637 9072.
 
Download the project brief from 'what's new' at www.heritage.vic.gov.au

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9) Conservation Manager - Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority
 
Conservation Manager
Department of Conservation and Infrastructure, Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority, Port Arthur, Tasmania
 
Vacancy No:   CM170908
Salary Range:  $80,768 - $86,226 per annum
Job Type:  Permanent full time
Closing Date:  Wednesday 8 October 2008
 
Duties:
-         Manage capital and maintenance works relating to both the conservation of historic fabric and structures and the provision of site infrastructure and ensure that the cultural heritage values of the Port Arthur Historic Site and the Coal Mines Historic Site are maintained and protected
-         Provide strategic advice and management support to the Director Conservation and Infrastructure on conservation and infrastructure issues affecting the Site, including the   effects of tourism and related activities
-         Contribute to the establishment of PAHSMA as a centre of excellence in the conservation and interpretation of a cultural place of international significance.
 
Desirable Requirements:  Degree in Architecture or a related discipline or equivalent qualifications acceptable to the Authority.
 
Enquiries to:  Jane Harrington, Director of Conservation & Infrastructure, Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority, Port Arthur, phone (03) 6251 2300, FAX (03) 6251 2322 or email jane.harrington@portarthur.org.au.
 
Applications to:  Jane Bale, HR Coordinator, Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority, Port Arthur, phone (03) 6251 2357, fax (03) 6251 2322 or email recruitment@portarthur.org.au.

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Georgia Meros, Secretariat Officer
Cultural Heritage Centre for Asia and the Pacific
Deakin University
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Burwood Victoria 3125
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