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Friday 6 November 2009



1)  Australia ICOMOS call for EC nominations

2)  Studies and reports – what goes right and what goes wrong?

3)  Burra Charter Workshop, Adelaide – change of date

4)  Heritage in Queensland 2009 – 2010: initiatives, issues, directions

5)  Australia ICOMOS AGM and associated events – please note time and venue

6)  Invitation to presentation on Decatur House

7)  Heritage Perth Heritage Day

8)  Summer School in Cultural Heritage Management

9)  Expressions of interest for a work experience opportunity – ‘Built / Archaeological’, NSW

10) 19th Meeting of EPHC – Communiqué: excerpt concerning Heritage

11) News from ICCROM

12) SHATiS'11 - International Conference on Structural Health Assessment of Timber Structures – website now active

13) ICOMOS Documentation Centre blog: recent posts

14) World heritage and tourism: Managing for the global and the local – call for papers

15) Golden Pipeline hailed as an international historic engineering landmark

Situations Vacant

16) Director, Strategy and Policy, Heritage Victoria

17) Heritage Officer (P/T), Woollahra Municipal Council


1) Australia ICOMOS call for EC nominations


Please note that an election for the positions on the Executive Committee (EC) is not required this year.


The new EC will be announced at the AGM, and an item in the E-news will follow.


2) Studies and reports – what goes right and what goes wrong?


Procedures for undertaking studies and reports is the Burra Charter Guideline designed to help us through these sometimes difficult waters!


If you are a heritage consultant or adviser we want to know if this Guideline works for you – and if not, what changes are needed?


Please contribute through this on-line survey: deadline is Monday 16 November.


Click this link to the survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=PiCxaaBDYcbJ20niJifqZQ_3d_3d. It will take about 5-8 minutes.


A copy of the Guidelines can be found at http://www.icomos.org/australia/ – look under Publications and Charters.


If you represent a heritage agency or client and would like to contribute, please email us directly and we will invite to you contribute via a separate process. And any other queries to either Chris Johnston (chris.johnston@contextpl.com.au) or David Young (david.young@netspeed.com.au).


3) Burra Charter Workshop, Adelaide – change of date


The date for the Burra Charter workshop in Adelaide has been changed – from November 12 to December 1, 2009.


As part of the Burra Charter development programme, Australia ICOMOS is running a series of workshops (hopefully at least one in each State and Territory) in order to engage directly with members about the range of tasks related to the Charter, the current guidelines and possible future guidelines. For example, these workshops will supplement information gathered through the electronic surveys and other research on the use and currency of the guidelines.


The workshop will be held at Mulloway Studio, Level 1, 16 Peel Street, Adelaide, commencing 5.30pm.


Please RSVP to Anthony Coupe (anthony.coupe@mulloway.com /(08) 8231 3131) by COB Friday 27 November.


4) Heritage in Queensland 2009 – 2010: initiatives, issues, directions


Australia ICOMOS in Queensland invites you to a special Forum & Social event


Date & Time: 26 November 2009, 1.15pm

Venue: Old Bishopsbourne St Francis Theological College


Please see the attached flier and registration form for further information regarding this event.


PLEASE NOTE: The deadline for registration for this event is 2pm, Friday 20 November.


5) Australia ICOMOS AGM and associated events – please note time and venue


Time: 5pm

Venue: St John's Church, 379 Halifax Street, Adelaide.

Date: Friday 13 November




1.         The ICOMOS Annual General Meeting is being held at St Johns Church, 397 Halifax Street, Adelaide at 5pm, Friday 13 November.  All those ICOMOS members wishing to attend, register as an apology, or who have not received the official notice for this can contact the Secretariat austicomos@deakin.edu.au / (03) 9251 7131 to request a copy.


2.         ICOMOS WORLD HERITAGE EVENT - Friday 13 November 6pm at St Johns Church Hall, 397 Halifax Street, Adelaide


To coincide with the visit to Adelaide by the Australia ICOMOS executive, we have arranged an event on Friday 13 November at 6pm at St Johns Church Hall, 379 Halifax Street, Adelaide (near the eastern parklands).   Kristal Buckley, from Melbourne, is one of five International Vice Presidents to ICOMOS (yes Australia has one of only five such positions!!).  She will be speaking about her role as a Vice President, explaining in broad terms what ICOMOS does on the International Conservation scene, the process of World Heritage listing and what it means.   She will have lots of interesting pictures to share with the audience. 


Kristal’s talk will be followed by a talk by Jane Harrington, a member of the Australia ICOMOS Executive and the World Heritage Reference Group Co-Ordinator. Jane is also responsible for conservation at the Port Arthur and Coal Mines Historic Sites, two of the eleven sites in the Australian Convict Sites World Heritage Nomination. She will briefly discuss Australian built entries in the World Heritage List (the Opera House and the Melbourne Exhibition Building), and talk about the challenges and highlights of the current convict nomination. This may provide some interesting insights for South Australian members interested in the potential for the South Australian Copper mining sites to be added in the future to the already listed Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape. This will be an informal evening with opportunities for questions and lively discussion.  Drinks will follow in the garden of St Johns Church. 


Please RSVP for this event to Liz Vines at mcdvines@bigpond.com by Tuesday 10 November.  Collection of $5 at the door to cover drinks and nibbles cost.


Note – ICOMOS stands for International Council on Monuments and Sites




A dinner is being held after the ICOMOS AGM and World Heritage event for ICOMOS members and others who are interested, at Alfonsos Café, corner of Hutt and Halifax Street.  The ICOMOS Executive will also be in attendance.  Restaurant is happy for individual accounts, ie pay as you purchase your meal, which is ideal for a varied group and eliminates an expensive fixed price meal.  Please email Liz Vines at mcdvines@bigpond.com by Tuesday 10 November so we can confirm numbers with the restaurant.  Gluten free and vegetarians catered for. 


6) Invitation to presentation on Decatur House


Australia ICOMOS and Museums Australia members and friends are invited to attend an event to explore aspects of the conservation, interpretation and management of an award winning project in Washington DC.


Cindi Malinck, the Executive Director of Decatur House on Lafayette Square, and the Director of Special Projects in the Stewardship of Historic Sites Department of the National Trust for Historic Preservation in the United States will give a presentation on the award winning conservation of the entry hall and the main stair hall of Decatur House.


Decatur House was designed by Benjamin Henry Latrobe (1764-1820), a British-born American architect best known for his design of portions of the United States Capitol and the Baltimore Basilica, the first Catholic Cathedral built in the United States, and is often referred to as the "Father of American Architecture". The house was designed as a Federal style side hall town home for naval commodore Stephen Decatur and his wife Susan, in 1818. The National Trust for Historic Preservation acquired the historic site as a bequest in 1954.


Located across Lafayette Park from the White House, Decatur House also includes a rare urban slave quarters, the only remaining physical evidence that human beings were held within sight of the Executive Mansion.   Decatur House remains at the center of Washington’s social activities, and its Carriage House rental space is one of the most sought after special event spaces in the city.


Where:  National Trust of Australia (WA)

              4 Havelock St, West Perth

When:   6pm, Thursday 12 November

Cost:     $5 for members (both orgs), $8 non-members

RSVP:   by Wednesday 11 November, (08) 9321 6088


7) Heritage Perth Heritage Day


Heritage Perth is dedicated to raising awareness of Perth's social and architectural history as a major cultural and economic asset for the broader community.  As part of our on-going program of innovative heritage promotion Heritage Perth is holding a Heritage Day, on Sunday 15 November.


The program for the day includes never before seen tours of Perth buildings; His Majesty’s Theatre (built 1904), St. Georges Cathedral (consecrated in 1888) and the magnificent, but rarely accessible, Old Treasury Building.  There will also be a silent movie screening (with live piano accompaniment) at the stunning Art Deco Piccadilly Cinema, afternoon tea and guided tours of the Town Hall, a chance to wander through the recently opened Fire and Emergency Services Education and Heritage Centre to view their collection of vintage fire appliances and access to the heritage listed Young Australia League Museum with the only US Presidential Wreath located outside the USA.


For more information go to: www.heritageperth.com.


8) Summer School in Cultural Heritage Management


The tenth Summer School in Cultural Heritage Management will be held at the University of Canberra from 17–23 January 2010.


Enrolments are now open for this latest offering from Australia’s leading heritage conservation professional development programme.


For details go to: http://www.canberra.edu.au/faculties/arts-design/conservation-summer-schools


All enquiries to: David.Young@canberra.edu.au


9) Expressions of interest for a work experience opportunity – ‘Built / Archaeological’, NSW


A message from Derek Hallam:


The project involves the investigation / recording of a circa 1900 farm house (Rock Lily – initially an apple orchard), associated outbuildings, dams, fencing etc) which is largely intact albeit ‘run down’.  It is located in Caoura (not the Cowra one!) some 50km east of Goulburn NSW in the Shoalhaven River environment, an area with non-indigenous settlement dating back to the 1820’s.  The piece de resistance is that the daughter of the original owners (Win)was born there and , now in her 80’s, lives in the adjacent property, is very ‘with it’ and cares for herself, her dogs and her sheep.  Both she and the current owners have considerable empathy with place and are very supportive of the project.  I have been discussing with a historian a professional ‘oral history’ interview with Win which would ideally be supported by whoever assists me.


I envisage this as a long semester break opportunity to carry out the field work – say late Jan / early Feb 2010 but I am very flexible.  It would require at least a week, ideally two, with some follow up later in the year ‘from home’ rather than the field.  Whilst I cannot provide a stipend I would cover all costs including travel and publication and, having a small alpaca farm adjacent to ‘Rock Lily’ with a modern house, would provide full board.  The location would preclude daily travel but if a ‘one off’ period was unsuitable say a series of weekends could be considered.  (Value added is a stunning location with kangaroos around the house and Morton National Park on the boundary - spouse or partner to accompany would be OK).


I am also preparing a discussion paper on the conservation strategy for the gold mining sites in the Bungonia / Tallong area close by (rugged) and could incorporate involvement with this at the expense of some Rock Lily work.


To discuss please contact Derek Hallam on (02) 4841 0854


10) 19th Meeting of EPHC – Communiqué: excerpt concerning Heritage


World Heritage Intergovernmental Agreement

Council agreed to an Australian World Heritage Intergovernmental Agreement which sets out arrangements between the Commonwealth and the states for the management of Australia’s World Heritage properties. The Intergovernmental Agreement outlines agreed approaches to management, funding, nomination, listing, monitoring and promotion of Australia’s World Heritage properties.


Australian World Heritage Advisory Committee

Council commended the recently established Australian World Heritage Advisory Committee (AWHAC) for its prompt action in identifying areas of high priority common to Australia’s World Heritage properties. Council requested that EPH Standing Committee report back in early 2010 with advice on AWHAC’s recommendations.


Underwater Cultural Heritage Convention

Council endorsed Australia pursuing ratification of the UNESCO 2001 Convention for the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage, subject to Australia’s normal treaty making processes. Council will consider a draft Australian Underwater Cultural Heritage Intergovernmental Agreement in early 2010. The agreement will outline agreed approaches to the identification, protection, management, conservation and interpretation of Australia’s underwater cultural heritage.


Historic Shipwreck National Collaborative Research Project

Council endorsed the inclusion of the Historic Shipwrecks in situ preservation and reburial research project in the Cooperative National Heritage Agenda.


Heritage and Sustainability Project

Council noted the progress towards completing the ground-breaking research into heritage buildings and environmental sustainability.  It commended the extension of this project to include commercial building types, and welcomed the active involvement of a number of Australasian jurisdictions in this project. Council requested a report at the conclusion of the heritage and sustainability projects.


11) News from ICCROM


To view the November 2009 news from ICCROM, visit http://www.iccrom.org/index.shtml


12) SHATiS'11 - International Conference on Structural Health Assessment of Timber Structures – website now active


The SHATiS’11 Conference website is now active: http://shatis11.lnec.pt/.


The website provides detailed information about aims, topics and the abstract submission process, as well as general information about the venue, fees, opportunities for sponsorship and exhibition areas.


13) ICOMOS Documentation Centre blog: recent posts




§  IFLA Journal, Volume 35, n° 3 (September 2009)  (http://icomosdocumentationcentre.blogspot.com/2009/10/ifla-journal-volume-35-n-3-available.html)   


§  Diccionario urbano, conceptual y transdisciplinar, por Jorge Benavides Solís (http://icomosdocumentationcentre.blogspot.com/2009/10/diccionario-urbano-conceptual-y.html)   


§  Kit of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage  (http://icomosdocumentationcentre.blogspot.com/2009/10/kit-of-convention-for-safeguarding-of.html)   


§  UNESCO World Report: Investing in Cultural Diversity and Intercultural Dialogue  (http://icomosdocumentationcentre.blogspot.com/2009/10/unesco-world-report-investing-in.html)    


§  La Rivista Siti, Trimestrale di attualità e politica culturale: Anno 5, n° 4, 2009  (http://icomosdocumentationcentre.blogspot.com/2009/10/la-rivista-siti-trimestrale-di.html)    


§  IFLA Newsletter n° 84 - In search of sustainability - IFLA News Brief n° 24 (http://icomosdocumentationcentre.blogspot.com/2009/10/ifla-newsletter-n-84-in-search-of.html)    


§  Boletin de interpretación, n° 21, Septiembre 2009 (http://icomosdocumentationcentre.blogspot.com/2009/10/boletin-de-interpretacion-n-21.html)   


§  E_Conservation Magazine - N° 11, October 2009 (http://icomosdocumentationcentre.blogspot.com/2009/10/econservation-magazine-n-11-october.html)


14) World heritage and tourism: Managing for the global and the local – call for papers


World heritage and tourism:  Managing for the global and the local

3-4 June 2010, Quebec City, Canada


As of 2009, approximately 900 sites are registered on the UNESCO World Heritage list. For many sites inscription on the World Heritage List acts as a promotional device and the management challenge is one of protection, conservation and dealing with increased numbers of tourists. For other sites, designation has not brought anticipated expansion in tourist numbers and associated investments. What is clear is that tourism is now a central concern to the wide array of stakeholders involved with World Heritage Sites. We increasingly need to understand the multi-layered relationships between the diverse range of Sites and tourism and tourists and, to focus on how tourism is effectively managed for the benefit of all.


This conference seeks to explore a series of critical and fundamental questions being raised by the various ‘owners’, managers and local communities involved with World Heritage Sites in relation to tourism: Why do tourists visit some World Heritage Sites and not others? What is the tourist experience of such Sites? How successful are Sites in the management of tourists? What roles do local communities play in Site management? How can the ‘spirit of place’ be protected in the face of the sheer volume of tourists? How can some Sites maximize the potential of a sustainable tourism for the purposes of poverty alleviation and community cohesion? How effective are communication strategies in bringing stakeholders together?

What management skills are needed to address the needs of different stakeholders, different sites and different cultures?


We encourage papers from a wide range of disciplinary perspectives and welcome submissions which address theoretical, empirical, methodological, comparative and practical perspectives on the fullest array of themes associated with the management of UNESCO World Heritage.




Original papers are invited to consider subject areas including, but not limited to, the following themes:


§  Marketing in the management of World Heritage Sites

§  The pragmatics of managing tourists

§  Financing World Heritage

§  Community involvement in Site management

§  Relations between intangible cultural heritage and Site management

§  The role of the private tourism sector

§  The nature of tourist experience and behaviour at World Heritage Sites

§  Shaping local, regional and national identities through Site inscription

§  Issues of governance and trans-national regulation

§  Legal rights and notions of ‘ownership’

§  The management of World Heritage ‘values’

§  The geo-politics of inclusion and exclusion

§  Methods of Site evaluation

§  Managing spiritual values and biodiversity

§  The role of UNESCO and the political economies of designation


Please submit your 500 words abstract (in French or English) including a title and full contact details as an electronic file to Professor Maria Gravari-Barbas (Maria.Gravari-Barbas@univ-paris1.fr) or Laurent Bourdeau (laurent.bourdeau@fsa.ulaval.ca) as soon as possible but no later than 15 December 2009.


Publication opportunity: Papers accepted for the conference will be published in the conference proceedings, subject to author registration. Best papers from the conference will also be considered for publication in a special issue of the Journal of Tourism and Cultural Change.


Conference Organisers: UNESCO/UNITWIN NETWORK for Culture, Tourism and Development, the Faculty of Business Administration at Université Laval, the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and the Centre for Tourism and Cultural Change at Leeds Metropolitan University.


For further details on the conference at a later stage please visit www.tourism-culture.com or http://www.fsa.ulaval.ca/tourisme or email to ctcc@leedsmet.ac.uk


15) Golden Pipeline hailed as an international historic engineering landmark


The original Goldfields Water Supply – the brainchild of engineer CY O’Connor and now commemorated in the National Trust’s Golden Pipeline project – has been recognised as an engineering project of international status.


The International Historic Civil Engineering Landmark award which is bestowed by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), highlights the outstanding world-class qualities of Western Australia’s premier industrial heritage site.


O’Connor’s pipeline has joined the ranks of the international engineering elite. This is a rare and significant acknowledgement on the world-stage of an exceptional engineering feat in our own backyard. Other notable engineering landmarks to receive the accolade include the Eiffel Tower, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the Panama Canal. The Goldfields Water Supply Scheme is one of only three Australian sites to be recognised by the ASCE. The Sydney Harbour Bridge won accolades in 1988, and the Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Scheme was recognised in 1997.


Two ceremonies were held to unveil plaques at either end of the Goldfields Water Supply Scheme on Tuesday 20 October at Mundaring Weir, and Wednesday 21 October at Mt Charlotte, Kalgoorlie.


The National Trust of Australia has remained committed to the conservation and interpretation of the Goldfields Water Supply Scheme through the Golden Pipeline

project and partnerships with the communities along the 560km of pipeline stretching from Mundaring Weir to Kalgoorlie for more than a decade.


16) Director, Strategy and Policy, Heritage Victoria


Director, Strategy and Policy – Heritage Victoria


§  $89,668 - $119,995 plus 9% super

§  Full time / Ongoing


Heritage Victoria assists in identifying, protecting and interpreting Victoria's most significant cultural heritage resources. It advises private owners, local and State government, industry and the general community on heritage matters. Heritage Victoria employs a multi-disciplinary team of dedicated heritage professionals.


Do you have broad heritage skills and experience?  Do you have experience working with government bodies, Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) and industry groups at the highest levels to deliver improved heritage outcomes?    Do you have sound people management skills?  If so, this may be the role for you…


As Director, Strategy and Policy is responsible for the delivery of the policy, strategy and public programs within Heritage Victoria.  You will lead the work of a diverse range of small specialist teams in the areas of public programs and grant delivery, strategic projects, local government heritage planning, information delivery and conservation.


To apply and access the position description visit www.careers.vic.gov.au and refer to position number DPCD/PLG/500543


Closing date for applications Friday 13 November 2009


17) Heritage Officer (P/T), Woollahra Municipal Council


Heritage Officer – Part Time 21 hours per week

Pos No: PSHT


Woollahra has a rich and diverse history and natural setting that is represented in Victorian, Federation and inter-war buildings, precincts, settings and streetscapes. Council is seeking an enthusiastic and experienced person to join its heritage team in caring for this environmental heritage which has a local, regional and, in many instances, a nationally recognised level of heritage significance.


For further information and to download the position description, visit http://www.woollahra.nsw.gov.au/council/employment/positions_vacant


Closing date for applications Friday 13 November 2009

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