1) Making Public Histories - Seminar Series
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Friday 19 September 2008
2) Australia ICOMOS - Canberra Talk Series
3) (Un)loved Modern - Australia ICOMOS Annual Conference - flyer
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
8) Heritage Victoria seeks expressions of interest for a
9) Conservation Manager - Port Arthur Historic Site Management
1) Making Public Histories -
Creating Victoria's Framework of Historical
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.
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
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).
Admission is Free and all are welcome to attend.
History Week 2008 -
Discover the wonder of Victoria's past! History week runs from 12-19
2) Australia ICOMOS - Canberra
Evidence and Values/Fact or
Fetish-Reflecting Significant 'Events' in Australia's Heritage
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
RSVP: To Duncan Marshall at
3) (Un)loved Modern - Australia
ICOMOS Annual Conference - flyer attached
(Un)loved Modern – Australia ICOMOS Annual
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.
4) History Week 2008
12 - 19 October
Discover the wonders of Victoria's past
To find out more about History Week or to get involved in the
History Week 2008
c/o Royal Historical Society of Victoria
239 A'Beckett Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
T: (03) 9326 9288
5) APTNE 2009 Annual Symposium -
call for abstracts
APTNE 2009 Annual Symposium
The Association of Preservation Technology - Northeast Chapter invites
the submission of presentations for the March 20, 2009 Symposium to be
held in Boston, MA.
Glass in Architecture
DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACT SUBMISSION: OCTOBER 24 2008
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
- Glass and its
development in the 20th Century. This is a history of technology
- Replicating, recreating
and conserving glass. Papers should address the context of the use,
conservation issues, and how the glass is being modified for new
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.
All abstracts are peer reviewed by an APTNE-appointed committee. Each
abstract is evaluated in four key areas:
- Quality of the abstract
(clearly defines out-comes, flows smoothly)
to the field of Historic Preservation
- October 24, 2008
Submission of Abstracts
- November 14, 2008
Notification of Acceptance
- December 20, 2008 First
Draft of Papers Due
- February 4, 2009 Final
- 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
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
- 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.
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.
6) Jewish Heritage E-Report -
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
"subscribe to ISJM" in subject line.
7) National Cultural Heritage
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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,
firstname.lastname@example.org or (03) 9637 9072.
Download the project brief from 'what's new' at
9) Conservation Manager - Port
Arthur Historic Site Management Authority
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
- 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
- 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
Applications to: Jane Bale, HR Coordinator, Port Arthur
Historic Site Management Authority, Port Arthur, phone (03) 6251 2357,
fax (03) 6251 2322 or email
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