I should like to confirm all the fine words expressed by others on Herb Stovel’s multiple contributions to international aspects of cultural conservation, to dedicated teaching and on his effusively cheerful personality
The 1990 ICOMOS General Assembly and election ushered in a period of refreshing rethinking with a new Executive, including a Sri Lankan President, Dr Roland Silva, a Canadian Secretary-General, Herb Stovel, and a mult-nationed Committee, including me from Australia. So began an energetic professional interaction with Herb, including fearsome debates on the meaning of `Authenticity’ in Nara in 1994. It continued through ICCROM when he was on staff and I on the Council. Together, in 1999, we presented to the World Heritage Committee the controversial combined views of ICCROM, ICOMOS and IUCN on actual or potential threats to Kakadu National Park and, in 2001, we ran a workshop together in Delhi to test a draft World Heritage handbook. We sometimes disagreed – but that was always stimulating. It is hard to believe that such a vital person has left us and I should like to share my deep condolences above all with Herb’s family but also with the whole professional fraternity that surrounded him.
Ms Joan Domicelj
Honorary ICOMOS member
Australia ICOMOS is organising a symposium to be held in Sydney on 18th April 2012 to mark the International Day for Monuments and Sites.
April 18th is a major celebration for ICOMOS and each Australia ICOMOS organises activities around Australia to celebrate the diversity of the world’s cultural heritage. This year’s theme marks the 40th anniversary of the UNESCO World Heritage Convention, which was adopted in 1972. The focus will be on “World Heritage and Sustainable Development: the Role of Local Communities” – which spans not only the involvement of local communities in the nomination, management and conservation of properties, but also their role as participants and economic beneficiaries, and holders of traditional management practices and l knowledge.
The venue for the event, in line with this year’s theme, is Hyde Park Barracks, one of 11 Australian Convict Sites that have been inscribed on World Heritage List on 31 July 2010.
The following is the provisional list of speakers and the preliminary running order of the program:
Introduction / form of the event (MC)
Norfolk Island community consultation process
World Heritage Asia: vulnerable communities and the shifting global economy
World Heritage Site of George Town, Malaysia
World Heritage – International context
FORUM (PANEL) – Why World Heritage: the realities and the potentials for communities
Time: The event will commence at 3.00pm and will conclude at 6.30pm
Cost: Australia ICOMOS members $10; non-members $15 (to cover catering)
RSVP: Please email Kerime by 30 March 2012.
We look forward to welcoming you on the day!
Australia ICOMOS NSW Representative &
International Day for Monuments & Sites Coordinator
There are many benefits to joining ICOMOS – not only the fantastic people you will meet but membership of Australia ICOMOS brings discounts at ICOMOS functions, at many conferences in Australia and internationally and on ICOMOS publications. The E-mail News provides a weekly bulletin board of information and events in Australia and overseas, including state based events, conferences and site visits, as well as information on heritage publications, funding and grant opportunities, course details and job offers. Members also receive a number of issues annually of the Australia ICOMOS refereed journal Historic Environment. Applications for members to join the Australia ICOMOS Executive Committee (EC) are encouraged from all states and territories. For Young Professional and Full Members, the International ICOMOS card gives free or reduced rate entry to many historic and cultural sites.
Australia ICOMOS welcomes new members and would like to encourage students and young cultural heritage graduates to apply for membership. There are various membership categories and applications can be to be made to the Secretariat.
For further information and to download a membership form, go to the Membership page of the Australia ICOMOS website.
Membership applications are only considered at meetings of the Executive Committee – in order for your application to be considered at the May 2012 Executive Committee meeting, please submit it to the Secretariat by COB Friday 27 April 2012.
If further information is required email the Membership Secretary, Natica Schmeder.
4. Nawi – Exploring Australia’s indigenous watercraft conference – early bird registration closes 31 March
In May 2012, the Australian National Maritime Museum will host a two-day national conference on Australian indigenous watercraft, entitled Nawi – Exploring Australia’s indigenous watercraft.
This first major conference exploring the watercraft of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples will bring together people from all over Australia to share their knowledge, skills and stories. Over two days, we will explore Australia’s Indigenous watercraft through talks, demonstrations, performances and workshops.
Early bird registration closes very soon!
Register before 31 March and receive the early bird rate.
Wednesday 30 May
Evening welcome function
Thursday 31 May – Friday 1 June
Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney
Early bird (before 31 March) $220
Concession rate $165
Full rate $275
For further information, visit the conference website.
5. Cultural Routes ISC Conference, University of Jammu, Jammu-Kashmir, India – report by Timothy Hubbard
The three Australian members of the ICOMOS ISC on Cultural Routes, the CIIC, have just returned from an international conference hosted by the Centre for Studies in Museology, University of Jammu in the far north-western Indian state of Jammu-Kashmir. The conference, held from 1-3 March, was titled ‘Global Cultural Routes: Tourism and Socio-Economic Viability’. Papers were presented both by members of the CIIC ISC and by delegates from Jammu-Kashmir and other parts of India. Those given by the Indian academics and post-graduate students were of particular interest and value. Sandy Blair (the Australia ICOMOS voting member) gave a paper titled ‘Travelling the Malay Road: Cross-cultural interaction between Makassar, Indonesia and the Arnhem Land coast of Northern Australia’; Kirsty Altenburg gave a paper titled ‘The Great Ocean Road, Victoria: Exploring a Coastal Touring Road’ and Timothy Hubbard gave a paper titled ‘The Kangaroo Route: a Post Colonial Cultural Journey by air’. All three were well received. One important paper, ‘Cultural Routes and Historic Roads: how the two co-exist’ was presented by Michael Romero Taylor (the US-ICOMOS voting member) which went some way to resolving a difficult issue within the ISC’s continuing discussions. The papers will be peer-reviewed and published in due course.
Several cultural routes which are potentially World Heritage sites, including the Mughal Route and a branch of the Silk Road, pass through the state of Jammu-Kashmir. The conference concluded with the warmly endorsed passing of a recommendation to establish an interdisciplinary institute at the University of Jammu to facilitate multi-pronged research into the Himalayan territories. A full copy of the recommendation can be provided if required. The conference was supported by site visits within the city of Jammu and in its hinterland. There was also an extensive and very entertaining cultural program and social events.
No formal meeting of the CIIC ISC was held in Jammu. Rather, a meeting is proposed to be held in Spain, along the World Heritage listed Pilgrimage Route of Santiago de Compostela, in September or October, 2012. More information should be available at the joint Cultural Landscapes-Cultural Routes NSC seminar to be held at the ANU in Canberra on Saturday, 28 April.
The Australian members would like to extend their formal thanks and congratulations to their colleague and fellow CIIC member, Prof. Poonam Chaudhary (Treasurer of ICOMOS India) who organised the conference, the staff and students of the University of Jammu and all of the kind people who made us feel so welcome. Members of Australia ICOMOS who plan to travel to India will be interested to hear that our membership cards enabled us to get free access to almost all of the World Heritage sites we visited.
6. Forthcoming Historic Environment issue: Connections across cultures and continents – the heritage of routes and journeys
Planning and writing for this issue of Historic Environment is well-advanced, and has been underway since late 2010. However, it is not too late if you have relevant research and writing you wish to have considered for inclusion in the issue. Download the Heritage of routes and journeys HE issue_concept for a brief outline of the issue. It is being developed by the three Australian members of the ISC on Cultural Routes and Itineraries, Sandy Blair, Timothy Hubbard and Kirsty Altenburg.
Please email Sandy Blair if you have any comments or suggestions.
To download the March 2012 issue of Heritage Tasmania’s E-newsletter, click here.
The ICOMOS International Scientific Committee for Twentieth Century Heritage (ISC20C) would like to invite input on the “Madrid Document – Approaches for the Conservation of Twentieth-Century Architectural Heritage”, which was launched last June and presented at the General Assembly of ICOMOS in December 2011 as part of the ISC20C’s ambitious plan to promote the profile and conservation of twentieth century heritage.
Click on the links below to access the Madrid Document and an indication of the input sought.
Australia ICOMOS intends to provide input on this document. Australia ICOMOS members who wish to contribute to this – please email your comments to Helen Wilson by COB Friday 13 April 2012, and also if you wish, to the International Scientific Committee on Twentieth Century Heritage.
Australia ICOMOS 2013 Centenary of Canberra—Imagined pasts…, imagined futures…
Richard Flanagan recently wrote of James Boyce’s colonial history ‘Van Dieman’s Land’: ‘In re-imagining Australia’s past, it invents a new future’. The Centenary of Canberra 2013 provides an opportunity for Australia ICOMOS to reflect on how heritage participates in the ‘imagined communities’ and ‘imagined geographies’ of the nation in a globalizing world. ICOMOS 2013 will explore how narratives of the past and visions of the future are entwined in place and how heritage is created at different scales to imagine different forms of communities and belonging—from personal heritage and local places, to virtual communities, diaspora, national and world heritage.
Dates: Thursday 31 October—Sunday 3 November 2013
Venue: Museum of Australian Democracy @ OPH
Call for Volunteers
The Australia ICOMOS 2013 Conference Committee is calling for volunteers to work towards our exciting conference planned to coincide with the Centenary of Canberra next year. Tasks include: Sponsorship, Publicity, Program, Events, Tours, Social Media, Sustainability Initiatives, Budgets and Liaison.
If you are interested in working on the planning and organisation of the conference over the next year and a half, or in helping with tasks that arise closer to the event, please email Tracy Ireland.
APT Australasia Chapter is delighted to confirm the involvement of a highly-experienced group of heritage conservation professionals as contributors to the third Longford Academy (LA3). They include Peter Marquis-Kyle, Mac North, Ian Boersma, Linda Clark, David Young and Chris How. Download the latest draft program here.
The Longford Academy is a collaborative learning experience. The lead contributors share their knowledge by way of short subject presentations and directed site-based activities — learning occurs with collaboration between the participants.
LA3 will be held 14-18 May 2012 at the World Heritage inscribed Woolmers and Brickendon Estates, at Longford in Tasmania. LA3 provides an opportunity for professional development at every level according to individual participants’ needs and interests.
The tuition fee of $1,200 ($900 for full-time students and APT members) covers all LA3 activities, refreshments and lunches. Accommodation, which is available on site at Woolmers Estate and Brickendon Historic Farming Village, is an additional cost. Places may be restricted.
Convenor, APT Australasia Chapter
The Rottnest Island Authority, Western Australia has put together a program of events from 14-22 April to recognise and celebrate the Island’s heritage as part of National Heritage Week. Activities include Archaeological Fun Days, Sand Wizard Craft, exhibitions and photographic displays, demonstrations and workshops, and free tours provided by the Rottnest Voluntary Guides Association.
Find out more at the Rottnest Island website.
The Australian Historic Shipwreck Protection Project (AHSPP) website is now available at the link below.
- AHSPP website
The next annual Local Government Heritage Workshop for council officers, council planners and heritage advisors will be held on Friday 18 May 2012.
The generous host this year is Casey City Council and the workshop will be held at their offices in Narre Warren.
The major topic for discussion will include growth area planning, including the challenges of conserving and managing rural buildings in growth areas. There will also be a follow-up on the preparation of municipal heritage strategies.
The full program and further details will be included in the e-news in due course.
As the leading authority in its field, the international Journal of Architectural Conservation provides invaluable guidance on policy, practice and technical developments. Encouraging debate on a broad variety of conservation issues, this peer reviewed Journal with its high academic and professional standards fulfils its ambition to illuminate, question and inform.
Some of the papers featured in the current issue are:
- “Historic Window Glass: The use of chemical analysis to date manufacture”
- “The Arab Hall, Leighton House Museum: Restoration and Conservation Works 2008-10”
- “Determination of Water Content in Brick Masonry Walls Using a Dielectric Probe”
Poul Klenz Larsen
- “Nano-lime for Consolidation of Plaster and Stone”
Paul D’Armada and Elizabeth Hirst
- “Conserving our Wartime Heritage: A reinforced concrete air raid shelter in East Lothian, Scotland”
Isobel Griffin and Jim Tate
Click here for more information.
Every year on 18 April, ICOMOS celebrates the “International Day for Monuments and Sites”, whose establishment was approved by the 22nd UNESCO General Conference in 1983. The theme for 2012 is World Heritage in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the World Heritage Convention.
Aim of the International Day
The aim of the International Day for Monuments and Sites is to encourage local communities and individuals throughout the world to consider the importance of cultural heritage to their lives, identities and communities, and to promote awareness of its diversity and vulnerability and the efforts required to protect and conserve it.
2012 Theme: World Heritage
On 16 November 1972 the General Conference of UNESCO adopted the ‘Convention Concerning the Protection of World Cultural and Natural Heritage’. This was the culmination of a process initiated several years before and, at the same time, the starting point of a new phase in the field of identification, protection and conservation of heritage.
The World Heritage Convention is considered the most successful of all the UNESCO conventions: ICOMOS has played a prominent role in the implementation of the Convention; together with IUCN and ICCROM they constitute the three Advisory Bodies of the World Heritage Committee.
For the fortieth anniversary of the Convention, States Parties and Advisory Bodies were invited to reflect on its future, to recognise its successes and growing complexity, identify global strategic issues, key challenges, trends and opportunities and develop possible approaches, including synergies with other international instruments.
The importance of the active participation of local communities in the World Heritage process is evident in the theme chosen by the World Heritage Committee for the 40th anniversary celebration of the Convention: ‘World Heritage and sustainable development: the role of local communities’.
Read more about the theme in the 18 April 2012_Background article.
Events and activities
18 April is celebrated all over the world by a wide range of organisations and many ICOMOS National and International Scientific Committees.
Events include scientific conferences and symposia, exhibitions, photography competitions, excursions, press conferences, the awarding of prizes, releasing press releases, publishing magazine articles, projecting films etc.
More information is available at the following links
- 18 April web site
- ICOMOS and the World Heritage Convention – general page
- ICOMOS Thematic Studies
- ICOMOS Bibliographies
- World Heritage – general site
- 40th anniversary of the World Heritage Convention site
- Brochure (English)
To view the March 2012 news from ICCROM, click here.
17. Dates and tentative program for the 2012 ICOMOS Advisory Committee and Scientific Council meetings
The President of the Advisory Committee, the Scientific Council Coordinators, and the host Committee ICOMOS China have set the dates and tentative program for the 2012 Advisory Committee and Scientific Council meetings.
The call for papers for the Scientific Symposium “Tangible Risks, Intangible Opportunities: Long-Term Risk Preparedness and Responses for Threats to Cultural Heritage – Natural and Human-Caused Disasters” that will be held on this occasion will be circulated in due course.
27 October to 1 November 2012
Beijing Landmark Towers, Beijing, China
- 26 October: Arrival of participants
- 27 October: Executive Committee meeting, International Scientific Committee meetings
- 28 October: Executive Committee meeting (morning only), Advisory Committee meeting starting at 11:30 am
- 29 October: Scientific Council meeting, Regional Group meetings (afternoon, in parallel)
- 30 October: Advisory Committee meeting
- 31 October: Scientific Symposium
- 1 November: Executive Committee meeting, Tour
All applications must be received by 5pm, Friday 4 MAY 2012
The Community Heritage Grants (CHG) program provides grants of up to $15,000 to community organisations such as libraries, archives, museums, genealogical and historical societies, multicultural and Indigenous groups. The grants are provided to assist with the preservation of locally owned, but nationally significant collections of materials that are publicly accessible including artifacts, letters, diaries, maps, photographs, and audio visual material.
Since 1994 over $4 million has been awarded to community organisations throughout Australia.
The types of projects supported include Significance Assessments of collections; Preservation Needs Assessments of collections; conservation activities and collection management; and training workshops
Refer to the Community Heritage Grants webpage for further information.
The Stadtarchäologie Wien (Urban Archaeology of Vienna) is organising the 17th International Conference on Cultural Heritage and New Technologies, to be held at the City Hall of Vienna, Austria from 5-7 November 2012.
The main topic of this conference is “Urban Archaeology and Excavations – To Reach and Unveil the Hidden Spirit of the Town”.
The Call for PAPERS, POSTERS and VIDEO CLIPS is open
- Call for Papers, Posters, Video Clips: 1 March 2012
- END of call: 1 June 2012
- Notification to speakers and presenters: 22 June 2012
PROGRAM details available here.
If you are interested in being an exhibitor and/or sponsor, please email Susanne Uhlirz.
For the program and other information please visit the conference website.
The next Veterans Heritage Workshop will be held on Wednesday 30 May. This workshop is a free one-day event for RSL memorabilia officers and volunteers from Victorian community organisations who care for veterans heritage collections. It is designed to increase the skills and knowledge of volunteers and help them preserve this important cultural material for future generations.
The May workshop will focus on conservation and cataloguing. Museum professionals and conservators will address common questions such as:
- How can you prevent the deterioration of photographs and paper through correct storage?
- What is the best way to preserve textiles such as uniforms, flags and silk postcards?
- How should you display wood, metal and plastic objects without damaging them?
- Why and how should we catalogue our collection? What is the best system?
At lunchtime there will be an opportunity to mix with representatives from other organisations and learn from each other.
Date: Wednesday 30 May 2012
Start time: Registrations open at 8.45am for a 9.15am start
Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided
End time: 5.00pm
Victorian Archives Centre
99 Shiel St
North Melbourne 3051
This is the location of the Public Record Office Victoria and the National Archives of Australia.
Please note that priority will be given to volunteers who have not attended a Veterans Heritage Workshop in the past.
Click here for further information and to download a registration form.
Postwar Architecture and the Diplomacy of Furniture
Society of Architectural Historians Annual Conference
10-14 April 2013
Consumer goods, especially furniture, were an important means of expressing America’s political and socio-economical strength in the postwar decades. Modern design was used to demonstrate the country’s high standard of living and became a signboard of the ‘American way of life.’ The companies who produced this appealing furniture employed clever export strategies and convincing advertisements; their modern furniture quickly became a staple of office interiors and the homes of the progressive upper-middle class in many parts of the world.
Most studies within this field have focused on the ambitions and strategies of company directors, the architects and designers who created their products, and the graphic design professionals who made these objects so desirable. A thorough understanding of the systems through which their products were promoted and received outside, and to some degree, inside the United States is still lacking. To further explore the role furniture played in selling a political message worldwide and in strengthening the political representation of modern architecture, this session seeks papers that examine the distribution, consumption, and reception of modern furniture between 1945 and c.1960.
Papers may examine highly visible firms as Knoll International or lesser known manufacturers and distributors of modern furniture. We are especially interested in the way their products informed or manipulated ‘local’ furniture production and the visual representation of modern architecture. Other topics might include, but are not limited to, the representation of furniture brands in architecture journals; the role played by modern furniture in foreign diplomatic facilities; the mediation of imported design through exhibitions and showrooms; the role played by modern furniture in Cold War politics; collaborations between design multinationals, local furniture producers and architects/designers; furniture design as a conduit of international exchange. Case studies on individual contributions are welcome, provided they address the larger session theme.
Deadline for submission of abstracts – 1 June 2012
For further information, visit the conference website.
Ports as New Magnets for Urban Sustainable Development
ISCEC Malta Meeting
Auberge de France
Birgu, La Vallette – Malta
24-25 May 2012
The ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on the Economics of Conservation (ISCEC) is holding their annual meeting in Malta.
The deadline for abstracts is 15 April 2012.
For further information, click here.
The Institute for Professional Practice in Heritage & the Arts (IPPHA) has some exciting courses on offer – click on the links to view course information:
- Communities and place: understanding social and aesthetic values in heritage conservation, a one-day skills development workshop on Thursday 26 April 2012
- Cultural Landscapes: current issues and approaches in international practice, a one-day professional update session on Friday 27 April 2012
- The Physical Conservation of Buildings and Structures, Kosciouszko National Park, 10 – 15 April 2012
- Key issues in Native Title Anthropology, Canberra, 16 – 20 April 2012
Please note that the e-newsletter will be published next Thursday 5 April due to the Good Friday holiday.
All items for next week’s issue must be received no later than 2pm, Wednesday 4 April.
The National Trust’s CEO Eric Heapy has been working closely with the owners of Rymill House and the Property Council on the Inaugural SA Heritage Conference 2012, which will be featured as part of Australian Heritage Week, and held on 19 April 2012.
This premier national event, to be held at Adelaide’s heritage icon Rymill House, brings together national and local experts on heritage, culture, economic development, property development, design and tourism to debate and discuss the role heritage will play in a growing, changing society. The first in an annual series, this Conference brings the opportunity to help influence the shape of South Australia’s heritage policy for years to come.
Throughout the full-day Conference, guests will be treated to presentations from esteemed guest speakers ranging from local policy makers to authors and cultural curators, planners, architects, and designers and legal practitioners. Guests will also have the opportunity to indulge in a fine food experience, shared with delegates from across the spectrum of industries touched by heritage, across the nation.
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