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Friday 15 May 2009


1)  (Un)Loved Modern Conference announces key sponsors

2)  More Free Books in Exchange for Book Reviews

3)  Donations Sought for (Un)Loved Modern Conference Dinner Raffle

4)  Calling All Culture Vultures - Museums Week 2009 is here

5)  US/ICOMOS Media Release

6)  DEWHA media release: $74.9 million for heritage projects to support local jobs


Situations Vacant

7) Senior Archaeologist/Heritage Consultant - GML

8) Assistant Manager Heritage - Museum of Australian Democracy, Old Parliament House


1) (Un)Loved Modern Conference announces key sponsors


The Organising Committee for the Australia ICOMOS (Un)Loved Modern Conference 2009 in Sydney is delighted to announce the following key sponsors for the conference:


Platinum sponsor:                            Commonwealth Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts

Gold sponsor:                                   NSW Heritage Branch and Department of Planning

Keynote speaker sponsor:             Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority

Satchel sponsor:                              Godden Mackay Logan

Venue/Event sponsor:                    NSW Historic Houses Trust

Venue/Event sponsor:                    Sydney Opera House


These sponsors of the conference have generously committed funds and services in kind as part of their contribution toward promoting the importance of conserving modern heritage.  In return, their commitment entitles these organisations to a range of benefits.  Your organisation too could benefit from sponsoring the 2009 (Un)Loved Modern Conference.  To be part of this select group, read about the benefits of sponsoring the conference; download the sponsorship prospectus, or contact our sponsorship coordinator, Stephen Attfield, on (02) 9518 7722 or by email at


If you haven't registered for the conference yet, sponsorship at the silver level or above includes free conference registrations!!


2) More Free Books in Exchange for Book Reviews


The following books have come in to Historic Environment for review. 


Cameron and Kenderdine (eds). Theorizing Digital Cultural Heritage: A Critical Discourse


Graeme Henderson, Redemption of a Slave Ship: The James Matthews


Colwell - Chanthaphonh and Ferguson (eds), Collaboration in Archaeological Practice: Engaging Descendant Communities


John H. Stubbs, Time Honoured: A Global View of Architectural Conservation


 As usual, you get to keep the book in exchange for a 700-800 word book review to be published in Historic Environment.   This round of reviews would be due on 19 July at the latest.


Also, as it is the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth and the International Year of Astronomy there are numerous exhibitions happening around the country on both these topics.  We'd be interested in publishing reviews particularly where the exhibition has resulted in a publication, on-line seminar proceedings or other resource that may be of interest to members. 


Please contact Caitlin Allen, the HE Reviews Editor if you are interested in reviewing any of these books or exhibitions. 


We are also interested in receiving unsolicited reviews for books, conferences or exhibitions.  Please send Caitlin an email if you would like to submit an unsolicited review or are aware of a book, conference or exhibition that you think would be of interest to the HE readership. 


3) Donations Sought for (Un)Loved Modern Conference Dinner Raffle


Donations are sought for prizes for the (Un)loved Modern conference dinner raffle.  The raffle has become a tradition at Australia ICOMOS conference dinners over the last few years, with funds raised donated to various causes that Australia ICOMOS supports.


This year the Australia ICOMOS Executive Committee has moved to donate the proceeds of the conference dinner raffle to a Streetwise Asia project in the Philippines for the conservation of the c.1920 Kuguita Elementary School on the island of Camiguin.  The school building is representative of the approximately 3,000 such 'Gabaldon Schools' constructed in the Philippines between 1898 -1946. Conservation of this important school building is consistent with the theme of the Unloved Modern conference.  Further information regarding the project and the Streetwise Asia Fund is attached.


To donate a prize for the raffle, please contact Prizes could include books, wine, dinner or store vouchers, free entry to museums or historic properties.


4) Calling All Culture Vultures - Museums Week 2009 is here


WA's museums and galleries are going all out to create a memorable 2009 Museums Week. 


Between 16 and 24 May 2009 over 40 organisations are putting on over 50 events, exhibitions and activities to delight and engage audiences.  Whether you are a local or a visitor there is something for everyone. A new interactive web site has been created for Museums Week at The site includes an interactive Google map feature showing the locations and information about all of the events for museum week.  This site will continue to provide a central point for information relating to museums and gallery events across the state. 


As part of the celebrations the Great Cultural Debate will be held on 21 May at the WA State Library featuring experts from the tourism and cultural sectors to debate the role that tourism can play within the cultural sector. 


For more information contact Claire Savage at or phone 0418 610 488.


5) US/ICOMOS Media Release




Washington, DC, 15 May 2009.


John Fowler, Chairman of US/ICOMOS, the United States Committee for the International Council on Monuments and Sites announced today that Katherine Slick will be the next Executive Director of US/ICOMOS. Ms Slick was selected from among a nationwide pool of very competitive candidates to take over the position held for fourteen years by Gustavo Araoz, who was elected last October as the first American President of ICOMOS, and who will continue to serve US/ICOMOS as Senior Advisor. As Executive Director of US/ICOMOS, Ms Slick will play an important international and national in fulfilling an ambitious growth and development plan and by ensuring that American preservation attains high global visibility.


In announcing the decision taken by the US/ICOMOS Board of Trustees, Mr Fowler commented, "the Board agreed that Ms Slick brings to the job an exceptional mix of talents, that include a high level of energy, extensive experience in the field of heritage conservation in the US and overseas, broad knowledge of ICOMOS, and the vision and energy to shape the future for our organization. We are delighted that she has agreed to come on board."


Ms Slick comes to US/ICOMOS after serving as State Historic Preservation Officer and Historic Preservation Division Director for the State of New Mexico since 2003. During her 6.5 years at HPD, Ms. Slick has been responsible for raising the profile of the division and bringing it to the forefront of tribal consultation in well-publicized matters such as Tesuque Pueblo's consultation with the City of Santa Fe on construction of the new Santa Fe Community Convention Center.


Appointed by Governor Bill Richardson to the  SHPO post in 2003, she was a successful co-plaintiff with the governor and attorney general in the protection of high desert grasslands and cultural sites on Otero Mesa. She worked with the Legislature to broaden representation on HPD's policy and oversight committee, the Cultural Properties Review Committee, to include tribal and citizen members.


Over the last six years, HPD has added more than 100 cultural properties to the State Register, involved dozens of communities in the annual celebration of Heritage Preservation Month and increased the scope of its granting activities. During her tenure she worked with the Bureau of Land Management and the National Park Service on a potential World Heritage nomination and a multi property nomination of El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro to the National Register of Cultural Places.


Reflecting on the choice of Ms Slick as his successor, Gustavo Araoz commented, "I have known and collaborated with Kak Slick for many years, and think this is an excellent choice. At a time when the American presence in all international arenas is more crucial than ever, I am certain that she will be successful in expanding the role and visibility of US/ICOMOS both in the US and worldwide. She can count on my full support from my position as President of ICOMOS."


US/ICOMOS is a not-for-profit organization based in Washington, DC, and the American component of ICOMOS, the international membership organization that brings together in more than 130 National Committees all practitioners and supporters of heritage conservation throughout the world. As one of the largest and most active of the National Committees of ICOMOS, US/ICOMOS is the principal venue for ensuring that American accomplishments in heritage conservation are known and shared worldwide, as well as keeping the American preservation community informed of conservation achievements and needs in other countries.


6) DEWHA media release: $74.9 million for heritage projects to support local jobs


The Rudd Government's investment of $74.9 million over five years in Australia's incredible historic, Indigenous and natural heritage will protect and restore some of our most important places while boosting employment in this sector.


Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts, Peter Garrett, said today's Budget included an additional $14.9 million over three years for projects to protect and conserve historic built heritage places included in the National and Commonwealth Heritage Lists.


"The new $14.9 million package for historic built heritage complements the Government's existing $60.0 million one-off investment in heritage projects to deliver immediate benefits including local jobs, improved heritage infrastructure and better protection of heritage places across the country.


"This ongoing funding will commence in 2010-11, providing longer term funding through a competitive grants process for high priority protection and conservation activities. Assistance will also be available to develop and improve management arrangements, which are fundamental to conserving heritage places for future generations," Mr Garrett said.


"Australia's unique heritage is part of our national identity and is a source of national and local community pride and well-being.


"Our heritage places are also a major tourism asset, generating significant economic and employment benefits for the community."


Mr Garrett said the $60.0 million funding component, part of the Government's $650 million Jobs Fund, would support high priority heritage projects while generating jobs and providing economic stimulus, particularly in regional areas.


"$6.2 million of the total $60.0 million for heritage is to be utilised in the current financial year, providing an immediate benefit to communities," Mr Garrett said.


This new funding will benefit sites on both the National Heritage List, which has 82 sites, and the Commonwealth Heritage List, which has 339 places, around the country.


Places on the National and Commonwealth Heritage Lists are protected through the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.


7) Senior Archaeologist/Heritage Consultant - GML


Position Vacant - Senior Archaeologist/Heritage Consultant - GML


Leading Australian heritage consultancy, Godden Mackay Logan, is seeking an experienced Senior Archaeologist/Heritage Consultant.


GML provides high level heritage advice on major development projects and undertakes benchmark heritage studies for public sector clients. We offer innovative and responsible heritage consultancy services of the highest quality. Our multi-disciplinary in-house team of consulting staff has expertise in built heritage, urban planning, archaeology, industrial sites and interpretation.


We are looking for a dynamic person, who thinks strategically, and who is able to work as part of a team, and within time and budget constraints.  You will need at least 10 years experience, with a particular focus on Indigenous archaeology, as well as demonstrated experience in historical archaeology.  Importantly, you will also have broader heritage experience and demonstrated skills in other fields of heritage management, such as built heritage or interpretation.  Essential skills include excellent writing and other communication proficiency, the ability to manage projects, and experience in managing a team - as a leader and a mentor.  You will also need an excellent working knowledge of all relevant heritage legislation and guidelines.


We offer an exciting range of projects, and professional development and advancement opportunities. 


This is a senior full time position, based in our main office in inner Sydney.  We also have a small office in Canberra and undertake interstate work.


Salary will be negotiable for the right person. 


GML is an AS/NZL ISO 9001:2000 quality certified company.


For more information please contact Anne Mackay on (02) 9319 4811.  Send your application to


8) Assistant Manager Heritage, Museum of Australian Democracy Old Parliament House


Museum of Australian Democracy

Old Parliament House

Executive Level 1



Housed in one of Australia's most prominent national heritage listed buildings, the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House is the first and only museum in Australia dedicated to telling the story of the journey of our democracy.


It seeks to provide a range of innovative exhibitions, tours, interpretation, education programs and public activities that will inspire and challenge visitors to explore democracy from its ancient roots to the present day and possible futures.


This role is part time job share for 12 months with the possibility of an extension. The Assistant Manager, Heritage is integral to operations and will play a key role in managing conservation and collection projects associated with the heritage site.  A key aspect for this position will be working with other areas of the museum to align the new initiative with the obligations arising out of the Commonwealth and National Heritage Listing of OPH under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act), through implementation of the  Heritage Management Plan and Collection Management Policy. 


Selection documentation may be obtained from, by calling (02) 6270 8291 or emailing and quoting the above position number. Further queries about the position can be directed to Ree Kent on (02) 6270 8221 or email


Applications must be received by COB

Monday 1 June 2009


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