Tamsin Kerr contacted Meredith walker on Wednesday night with the news that her father, Jim Kerr, died that afternoon, at Elizabeth Lodge, Willoughby, a nursing home where he moved five months ago.
A few weeks ago he completed the task he set a decade ago of compiling the papers of his wife, Dr Joan Kerr AM (1938-2004, art historian, writer, lecturer), and his own papers, and recording his family history. This material, in bound volumes, is now in the National Library.
Dr Kerr was an early member of Australia ICOMOS, and best known for his major role in the development of the Burra Charter and the Charter Guidelines, and for The Conservation Plan, first published in 1982 by the National Trust (NSW), and now in its 7th edition, and used in many countries. He was 82.
Australia ICOMOS sends its condolences to his children, Tamsin Kerr and James Kerr, and their families. We salute a man who made such a mighty contribution to the intellectual rigour of our organisation.
Elizabeth Vines & Meredith Walker
The Bunker: Canberra’s Bletchley Park?
presented by Dr Peter Dowling
A small, innocuous and often ignored building in Canberra’s Parliamentary Triangle has quite a remarkable story to tell. The building is located in the West Block curtilage and today is used as an electricity substation and a place for the staff of the main offices to park their bicycles. During the Second World War, this small building, tucked away behind the main building which once housed the Prime Minister’s Department, was known by its occupants as the ‘Bunker’. It was top secret and its staff played a vital part in Australia’s involvement in the War.
This is the story of that building and the young women who worked there. But it is also a gentle reminder for those of us who are concerned with assessing the history and conservation of our heritage listed buildings that there can be more to them than what immediately meets our eyes.
Dr Peter Dowling is the National Heritage Officer for the National Trusts of Australia and a consultant historical archaeologist. In a former life he spent twenty years in the Royal Australian Navy working in special communications and intelligence. In 2013 Peter was part of a team of heritage practitioners who wrote a Conservation and Management Plan for the West Block building and grounds. With his rather sneaky background he was able to add another layer to the history and significance to the West Block building and in particular the little building within its grounds.
Members and the public are welcome. This is part of a series of talks organised by Australia ICOMOS.
Refreshments are available appropriate to the talk’s topic! (A $5.00 donation is appreciated)
Date & Time: 5.00-7.00pm, Thursday 23 October 2014 – 5.30pm start for talk
Venue: Menzies Room, National Archives of Australia, East Block, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes (enter from Kings Avenue side)
RSVP: To Marilyn Truscott via email
The Australia ICOMOS 2013-2014 annual report is now available online at the Annual Reports page. Members and heritage colleagues are encouraged to read about all the incredible work done by our organisation. With particular thanks to Lisa Gervasoni for collating the individual reports and organising the layout and printing.
FABRIC: Australia ICOMOS 2015 Conference
Please save the date in your diary for the next Australia ICOMOS conference to be held in Adelaide from 5-8 November 2015.
The conference is about Fabric with several sub-themes to be advised shortly, along with a call for papers.
The conference website will be up and running shortly and will feature regular updates, as well as announcements in the E-news. Please refer to the flyer for further details.
FABRIC 2015 Conference Co-conveners,
Michael Queale, Deborah Lindsay and Kevin O’Sullivan
The next CHCAP seminar at Deakin University will be a presentation by Dr Steven Cooke, Deakin University, on “Before Eichmann: Holocaust exhibitions and the ‘myth of silence’”.
Much recent work in the historiography of the Holocaust has challenged the ‘myth of silence’, the supposed post-war reticence of Holocaust survivors to speak about their traumatic experiences. A major focus of this work has been on examining the ‘sheer volume of talking, recording, writing, representation in various media, and publishing’ that went on in the two decades after the Second World War (Cesarani and Sundquist 2011: 10). However, little work to date has explored museum displays for what they can add to the reappraisal of this period.
This paper examines the origins, development and reception of two temporary exhibitions held in 1961; one in Melbourne, one in London, which both have as their focus the Warsaw Ghetto. Within the context of recent discussions on the role of emotion and affect in the engagement between museum exhibitions and viewer as a way to develop more collaborative and emancipatory museum practice, it explores the politics and poetics of the displays, particularly the use of photographs in the London exhibition, influenced by ideas of the ‘democratic surround’ pioneered by the Museum of Modern Art in New York (Turner 2013) and the role of survivors in the Melbourne exhibition. Through this I argue that the displays presaged more recent debates about exhibitions as affective spaces in an attempt to effect political and social change. It shows how representations of the Holocaust were shaped by both local concerns and an emerging global network of information, artefacts, people, and institutions involved in remembrance which adds to the nuanced reading that unsettles the established narratives of the development of post-war Holocaust memory in the UK and Australia.
Dr Steven Cooke is a cultural and historical geographer who has published widely on issues relating to the memorial landscapes of war and genocide, museums and national identity and maritime heritage and urban redevelopment. On arriving in Australia in 2002, he worked in the heritage sector for a number of years before moving to the Cultural Heritage Centre for Asia and the Pacific at Deakin University in February 2011. He is Course Director for the Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies programs at Deakin, and also an Honorary Research Fellow at Winchester University, UK.
Date: Wednesday 29 October 2014
Venue: Meeting Room 3, Deakin Prime, City Campus, 3/550 Bourke Street, Melbourne
DINNER: The seminar will be followed by dinner around 7.00 pm at a nearby restaurant. Please RSVP to Yamini Narayanan by email for dinner booking.
Email list: To be included in the CHCAP email newsletter distribution list, email Yamini Narayanan
FINAL 2014 CHCAP SEMINAR (26 November 2014):
- “The Historic Urban Landscape Approach: Finding a better way to manage change in the regional historic city of Ballarat”, Susan Fayad, Coordinator Heritage Strategy, City of Ballarat
A FORGER’S PROGRESS: THE LIFE OF FRANCIS GREENWAY
presented by Alasdair McGregor
Sentenced to death for forgery, then granted an eleventh-hour reprieve, Greenway was transported to New South Wales in 1814. He was talented, versatile and well trained, confident in his own abilities; but he was also cocksure, hotheaded and tactless. He argued with his superiors and fostered his own inevitable and sad demise, yet within the space of a single eventful decade he etched an urbane face on prominent parts of early Sydney, helping to drag a ramshackle convict garrison out from the murky shadow of shame and banishment and into the gathering light of civic decorum. As Australia’s first government architect he had dreamt of a city the equal of any in architectural beauty and refinement, a city of cathedrals and grand public buildings, broad avenues, generous squares and flowering gardens.
Alasdair McGregor is a graduate in architecture from the University of New South Wales, but much of his career has been spent as a writer and painter. He is the author, co-author or editor of nine books, reflecting a broad range of interests covering natural history and the environment, biography, architecture and design, and the history of exploration.
Members of the public are welcome!
Time & Date: Thursday 23 October 2014, 5.30 for 6.00pm start
Cost: Members $10, non-members $15 payable at the door. Wine and nibbles will be provided.
Venue: GML Heritage, 78 George Street, Redfern
RSVP: email Caitlin Dircks or call (02) 9319 4811. RSVP is essential as places are limited.
Download the AICOMOS-DOCOMOMO TALKS 2014 – No. 8 flyer.
The Australia ICOMOS website has been revamped! Upcoming events and our Twitter feed (follow Australia ICOMOS on Twitter) have been added to the home page, as have links to other important content. The website will continue to be tweaked, with more links to more content being added to the home page.
The website is now also device responsive.
With thanks to Jacqui Pearce (EC member and Communications Group Convenor) and our ever wonderful web developers, Go4.
Growing Greater Sydney – Connecting people and places
Friday 7 November 2014, 9.00am-5.30pm
Keynote event of the 2014 Sydney Architecture Festival
Urban Growth NSW claims their “ambition is to drive a world class urban transformation that will deliver housing and jobs growth, and improve the amenity and liveability of our urban spaces”. The Government Architects Office advocates strongly for Design Excellence in influencing change and the Committee for Sydney wants Sydney to be not just a global city but a great city. What does this mean for the future of Sydney?
Venue: Riverside Theatres, Church Street, Parramatta
Cost: $160 – tickets on sale now
5 Formal CPD points
For further information, including how to purchase tickets, CLICK HERE.
Engineers Australia, Engineering Heritage Victoria and the Department of State Development, Business and Innovation cordially invite you to join us in recognising the significance of the Duke & Orr Dry Dock Pump House on Thursday 27 November 2014.
In the second half of the nineteenth century the Port of Melbourne was growing fast and becoming increasingly important to the import and export of goods. The Victorian Gold Rush had fuelled great prosperity and trade boomed.
Part of the port infrastructure required was dry docks to repair and service visiting ships. From 1868 several dry docks were built at South Wharf. The latest and largest of these operated until 1975; privately owned and operated, providing services ranging from hull cleaning, painting, repair to propellers and rudders and sometimes repair of severe damage from groundings and collisions.
The operation of dry docks required machinery to pump the water out of the dock after a vessel has been floated into it. In the nineteenth century this was invariably carried out with steam pumping plant.
Only the Duke & Orr dry dock remains, now housing the Barque Polly Woodside. This dock was rebuilt to take large ships in 1904 and at that time a new Pump House with a very large steam pumping engine was built. This Pump House remains remarkably intact and it is this relic of the age of steam which we are celebrating.
CLICK HERE to register for this event.
Engineers Australia Convention 2014
This event is being held as part of Convention 2014 from 24 – 28 November. To find out more about the largest engineering event ever held in the southern hemisphere, click here>>.
Many thanks for those who have sent in nominations for the AAA awards for 2014. We currently have three nominations for the Rhys Jones Medal, but no other nominations have been received. We do need to receive these nominations soon, so that we can plan for the awards ceremony planned for the dinner at the AAA conference in Cairns in early December.
So I urge you to please make the nominations for all the awards listed below, but especially for the three awards that currently have no nominees. I would appreciate the submission of nominations by the end of October.
AAA Award Committee Chair
PS. It has been brought to my attention that some nominations sent over the past few weeks may not have been received by the President of AAA owing to some issues with the AAA email system. If you have recently sent an Award nomination, could you please resend your nomination directly to me? If you have not yet sent in a nomination, and plan to do so, could you please follow the instructions below, but ensure you copy me (Annie’s email address) into that nomination email.
Nominations are called for the following four Australian Archaeological Association Inc. Awards
Closing Date: 17 October 2014
1. RHYS JONES MEDAL FOR OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO AUSTRALIAN ARCHAEOLOGY
The Rhys Jones Medal is the highest award offered by the Australian Archaeological Association Inc. It was established in honour of Rhys Jones (1941-2001) to mark his enormous contribution to the development and promotion of archaeology in Australia. The Medal is presented annually to an individual who has made an outstanding and sustained contribution to the field. Established in 2002, previous winners include Isabel McBryde (2003), John Mulvaney (2004), Sharon Sullivan (2005), Mike Smith (2006), Harry Lourandos (2009), Iain Davidson (2010), Sue O’Connor (2011), Mike Morwood (2012) and Richard Wright (2013).
Nominations should consist of a one page statement outlining the nominee’s archaeological career and how this work has benefited Australian archaeology, as well as a full list of the nominee’s publications. Note that nominees do not need to be members of the Association; be an Australian citizen; or work exclusively in Australia or on Australian material.
2. JOHN MULVANEY BOOK AWARD
The Award was established in honour of John Mulvaney and his contribution and commitment to Australian archaeology over a lifetime of professional service. It acknowledges the significant contribution of individual or co-authored publications to the archaeology of the continent of Australia, the Pacific, Papua-New Guinea and South-East Asia, either as general knowledge or as specialist publications. Nominations are considered annually for books that cover both academic pursuits and public interest, reflecting the philosophy of John Mulvaney’s life work. Established in 2004, previous winners include Val Attenbrow for Sydney’s Aboriginal Past (2004), Rodney Harrison for Shared Landscapes: Archaeologies of Attachment and the Pastoral Industry in New South Wales (2006), Mike Morwood & Penny Van Oosterzee for The Discovery of the Hobbit: The Scientific Breakthrough that changed the Face of Human History” (2007), Peter Hiscock for “The Archaeology of Ancient Australia (2008), Denis Byrne for Surface Collection (2007), Jane Lydon for Fantastic Dreaming: The Archaeology of an Aboriginal Mission (2010) Annie Ross et al. for Indigenous Peoples and the Collaborative Stewardship of Nature (2011), and Mike Smith for The Archaeology of Australia’s Deserts (2013).
Nominations must be for books written by one or more authors, but not for edited books, published in the last three calendar years (i.e. 2012, 2013 or 2014). The nomination must be accompanied by at least two published book reviews. A short citation (no more than one page) on why the book should be considered must also be included.
3. THE BRUCE VEITCH AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN INDIGENOUS ENGAGEMENT
This Award celebrates the important contribution that Bruce Veitch (1957-2005) made to the practice and ethics of archaeology in Australia. In particular, the award honours Bruce’s close collaboration with Traditional Owners on whose country he worked. It is awarded annually to any individual or group who has had long-standing and sustained engagement with Indigenous communities during archaeological or cultural heritage projects which have produced significant outcomes for Indigenous interests. Established in 2005, previous winners include Richard Fullagar (2006), Bruno David (2007), Annie Ross (2008), Luke Godwin (2009), Peter Veth (2010), Ken Mulvaney (2011), Ian McNiven (2012), and Daryl Wesley (2013).
Nominees will have actively engaged with Indigenous communities to produce successful outcomes. The nature of nominations is flexible (e.g. video tape, audio tape, poster etc), considering the wide range of Indigenous collaborations and the remoteness of some communities. Nominators are strongly encouraged to include supporting statements from relevant Indigenous individuals or community organisations.
4. LIFE MEMBERSHIP FOR OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO THE AUSTRALIAN ARCHAEOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION INC.
This award was established to recognise significant and sustained contribution to the objects and purposes of the Australian Archaeological Association Inc. Previous winners include John Mulvaney, Jack Golson, Betty Meehan (2002), Val Attenbrow (2002), J. Peter White (2003), Colin Pardoe (2007), Sean Ulm (2008), Annie Ross (2010), Lynley Wallis (2012) and Fiona Hook (2013).
Nominations should consist of a one page statement outlining the nominee’s contributions to the Australian Archaeological Association Inc. Note that nominees must be members of the Association.
Nominations for all Awards will be considered by the Executive of the Australian Archaeological Association Inc. with advice as appropriate from senior members of the discipline. The decision of the Executive is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
Nominations should be addressed to the President:
Via email to the AAA President or via fax to (07) 3365 1544, marked private & confidential and for attention of A/Prof Annie Ross
The current President of AAA:
Australian Archaeological Association Inc.
email the AAA President
and sent to arrive no later than 17 OCTOBER 2014
Recipients of all awards will be announced at the Australian Archaeological Association Inc. Annual Conference.
Dates: 1-3 December 2014
Host: James Cook University Cairns Campus
Australia ICOMOS is committed to the dissemination of relevant cultural heritage information. In line with this commitment we are circulating the following media releases ion relation to the addition of Koonalda Cave’s rare Aboriginal heritage and archaeology on the National Heritage List.
Rare Aboriginal heritage of the Nullarbor Plain included in the National Heritage List
(Australian Heritage Council media release, 15 October 2014)
The Australian Heritage Council today welcomed the addition of Koonalda Cave’s rare Aboriginal heritage and archaeology on the National Heritage List.
Professor Carmen Lawrence, Chair of the Australian Heritage Council, said the Council was delighted that Koonalda Cave had been recognised with Australia’s highest heritage honour.
“The study and confirmation of the age of the Aboriginal cultural heritage in Koonalda Cave was a landmark moment in the evolution of our contemporary understanding of the age of Aboriginal ‘art’, archaeology and occupation in Australia.
“The finger markings visible in Koonalda Cave have often been termed ‘art’ and although the reason for their creation is not fully understood they were the first markings of their kind to be reliably dated to the Pleistocene epoch, over 22 000 years ago.
“This groundbreaking discovery transformed people’s understanding of Australian and World prehistory.
“It was a critical moment in modern Australia’s understanding of Aboriginal occupation of Australia that changed the then widely held preconception that Aboriginal people had only lived on the Australian continent for a short time,” Professor Lawrence said.
Markings in the soft limestone of Koonalda Cave involve two styles of expression. The first type is described as finger flutings—marks made by drawing fingers down the soft surface of the limestone caves. The second sets of markings are lines made by a sharp tool cut into harder limestone sections of the cave.
The complex and relatively abstract nature of these markings has led some archaeologists to compare the finger fluting with early prehistoric markings in southern Europe.
“The location of the site also confirmed that Aboriginal people had survived in the semi arid region of the Nullarbor Plain during the last Ice Age; again changing and challenging previously held preconceptions.
“Today, Koonalda Cave is a tangible link to the past and a place that continues to hold special significance for the Mirning people today and reminds us that our understanding of our rich and diverse Indigenous culture continues to grow the more we learn about it,” Professor Lawrence said.
National Heritage listing for Koonalda Cave recognises its place in Australia’s history and ensures this long and rich connection of Aboriginal Australians with the Nullarbor landscape is protected and celebrated for future generations.
Koonalda Cave is the 102nd place on the National Heritage List.
For more information CLICK HERE.
National Heritage Listing for Koonalda Cave’s outstanding Aboriginal heritage
(Joint media release: Hon Greg Hunt MP & Rowan Ramsey MP, 15 October 2014)
Today the Australian Government placed the Nullarbor Plain’s Koonalda Cave on the National Heritage List in recognition of its rare Aboriginal archaeology and heritage.
“I am delighted that Koonalda Cave has been given Australia’s highest heritage honour,” Mr Hunt said.
“Aboriginal people have long inhabited the harsh environment of the Nullarbor Plain, but it wasn’t until the study of Koonalda in 1956 that contemporary Australians really started to comprehend the extreme age of Aboriginal occupation in this part of Australia.”
“With its well preserved finger markings and unique archaeological deposits, Koonalda Cave gives us a glimpse of life on the Nullarbor tens of thousands of years ago.”
“The discovery caused a sensation and forever changed the then accepted notions about where, when and how Aboriginal people lived on the Australian continent,” Minister Hunt said.
Koonalda Cave was the first place in Australia where Aboriginal rock art could be reliably dated to 22 000 years ago during the Pleistocene. This transformed our understanding of Australian and World prehistory, which had held that Aboriginal people had been in Australia for about 7000 years.
Koonalda Cave is a tangible link to the past and a place that continues to hold special significance for the Mirning people today.
The enigmatic ‘art’ of Koonalda Cave involves two styles of rock markings.
Commonly referred to as finger flutings (marks made by drawing fingers down the soft surface of the limestone caves) they cover two large sections of the cave deep beneath the earth. These distinctive hand markings are moving reminders of the ice age people who once lived in this region.
The second set of markings are lines made by a sharp tool cut into harder limestone sections of the cave. Patterns of horizontal and vertical lines carved in a v-shape are widespread.
The complex and abstract nature of these markings has led some archaeologists to compare the finger fluting with early prehistoric markings in southern France and northern Spain.
The Federal Member for Grey, Rowan Ramsey MP said the finger markings and associated archaeological evidence make Koonalda Cave unique as one of the few arid sites used by Aboriginal people during the Pleistocene period and represents their long and rich cultural connection with the landscape.
“Koonalda Cave is just one example of the rich and diverse heritage and history of the Nullarbor Plains,” Mr Ramsey said.
“National Heritage listing for Koonalda Cave recognises its place in Australia’s history and ensures this long and rich connection of Aboriginal Australians with the Nullarbor landscape is protected and celebrated for future generations.”
Koonalda Cave is the 102nd place on the National Heritage List.
Read the latest edition of the Heritage Council’s eNewsletter, Heritage Matters.
14. “Embracing Change in the Management of Place” conference, May 2015, Massachusetts – call for abstracts
Cultural Landscapes and Heritage Values
Embracing Change in the Management of Place
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
13-15 May 2015
In recognition of the importance of cultural landscape research in contemporary heritage policy and practice, the University of Massachusetts Center for Heritage & Society (CHS) and the Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning (LARP) have co-organized a two-and-a-half day conference. The goal of the conference is to bring together a broad range of interdisciplinary scholars and heritage professionals to explore key issues in cultural landscapes and heritage values.
Cultural landscapes may be urban or rural, and they include parks, gardens, historic sites, agricultural landscapes, and areas of cultural and historical associations and significance. In the broader field of Heritage Management, the study of cultural landscapes is of particular and current interest. Landscapes are at once “cultural” and “natural,” calling into question traditional divisions of cultural and natural heritage resources and landscape management (e.g., “Cultural Landscapes” vs. “Natural Landscapes” in the World Heritage categories). Landscapes constitute a living heritage, reflecting the mutual influences of diverse groups of people and the equally varied places they inhabit. Like societies, landscapes are continually evolving, and their management demands that social and environmental change be understood and embraced. Landscapes define the sense of a “place,” and are the embodiment of the inextricability of tangible and intangible heritage. For these reasons and others, landscapes are a critical subject in heritage studies.
- Multi-Cultural Landscapes: Issues of Social Justice and Power
- Authenticity and Integrity vs. Change in Living Landscapes
- Tangible and Intangible Heritage in Cultural Landscapes
- Sustainability in Cultural Landscape Management
Visit the conference website for more information.
Deadline for abstracts: 15 January 2015
Meeting on the 20th Anniversary of the Nara Document on Authenticity
Nara Prefectural New Public Hall
22-24 October 2014
The year 2014 as the anniversary year of the two fundamental documents on authenticity, that is the Venice Charter of 1964 and the Nara Document of 1994, is an appropriate moment to revisit debates on authenticity. This month, the Agency for Cultural Affairs of Japan is holding an international conference to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Nara Document with experts from all parts of the world, in close cooperation with Japan ICOMOS. Attached you will find the programme and registration form for the event.
Those who are interested in participating in this event are requested to please return a completed Nara20thAnnivConference_2014_Registration_Form by Fax: +81(Japan)-6-4964-8809, or by e-mail by 17 October 2014.
PLEASE NOTE that registration is required, AND is free of charge.
For enquiries on the programme of the conference, please email Prof. Toshiyuki Kono (Japan ICOMOS) as the organizer of this and preceding related conferences.
Download the Nara20thAnnivConference_2014_Programme.
Monday 3 November 6-7pm
National Archives of Australia, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes ACT
Drinks from 5.30pm, Awards from 6pm. Presentations will be by Mr Mick Gentleman, MLA and the evening will also include information about the National Trust’s new iPhone App!
RSVP Essential: ph (02) 6230 0533 or email the National Trust
The National Archives of Australia have very kindly offered to take up to 20 people on a special viewing of their exhibition The Waterhouse Natural Science Art prize, prior to the commencement of the awards. This will take place at 5pm and take approximately 30-45 minutes. BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL, places limited call (02) 6230 0533 to book.
Organisation: Copland Foundation
Closing Date: 15 November 2014
The Copland Foundation offers a number of valuable scholarships for Australians to attend the Attingham Trust Study Programs.
Participants are chosen who have an architectural, historical, conservation or academic background, or a close involvement with the fine and decorative arts. Attingham alumni are among the staff of museums, galleries, universities, heritage bodies, design practices, and conservation programmes throughout the world.
The courses include:
THE ATTINGHAM STUDY SCHOOL FOR THE STUDY OF THE ENGLISH COUNTRY HOUSE
This three week residential course visits over twenty country houses accompanied by specialist staff tutors and visiting lecturers. Seminars and lectures set the country house in a broader artistic and social context, and time is given for discussion and for developing contacts. The course has three main purposes:
- to examine the architectural and social history of the historic house in Britain and its gardens and landscape setting
- to study the contents of these buildings- their paintings, sculpture, furniture, ceramics, silver, textiles and other applied arts – as well as the planning, decorative treatment and use of the interiors
- to stimulate debate on the problems relating to the conservation and presentation of the country house and its contents
ROYAL COLLECTION STUDIES
Organised on behalf of the Royal Collection Trust by the Attingham Trust the course is based near Windsor, with visits to both occupied and unoccupied palaces in and around London, it studies the patronage and collecting of the Kings and Queens of England from the 15th century onwards. The teaching includes lectures and tutorials. As the School is held during a period when the Royal Family is not in residence, Windsor Castle forms a central theme.
ATTINGHAM STUDY PROGRAMME
This nine day course studies historic houses and their collections within a social history context in specific regions of Britain and occasionally abroad. Each year there is a completely new programme which concentrates on about twenty houses in a specified region. Comprehensive study of each property includes its architecture, the fine and decorative arts, interiors, garden design and ownership. This programme is designed for museum curators, lecturers, architects, conservationists and art market experts, as well as more general enthusiasts interested in the fine and decorative arts.
To be eligible for a Copland scholarship applicants must be:
- Australian citizens
- resident in Australia if applying for an Alex Copland Scholarship
- employed within:
– the field of art, including art conservation
– the field of furniture conservation
– a fine or decorative art public gallery
– a historic house museum, or
– any other museum which is significantly involved in the acquisition and conservation of fine or decorative art, or furniture
– the field of heritage architecture
The Alex Copland Scholarship, of which one only is awarded each year, funds all course fees as well as travel expenses up to $3,000. The Nina Stanton Scholarship, of which a number may be awarded, funds course fees including standard residential and meal costs where they are part of the course.
Further details about the Copland Foundation Scholarships can be obtained at the Copland Foundation website.
Applications must be made online using the designated form.
The closing date to apply for Copland Foundation scholarships is 15 November 2014.
Contact: Ian Stephenson on 0415919874 or email Ian.
Dear ICOMOS Australia colleagues,
Last week I attended a meeting of the CyArk Advisory Council meeting where we reviewed the current round of site proposals and priorities for the CyArk 500 Challenge, an ambitious initiative by the US based CyArk Foundation to digitally record 500 significant cultural heritage sites world-wide through collecting, archiving and providing open access to data created by laser scanning, digital modelling and other state-of-the-art technologies.
Several Australian sites have provided Expressions of Interest to become part of the Challenge, but comparatively speaking Oceania and Asia are under-represented as regions, so if you know of a site that would benefit from involvement in this expansive program (which ranges from city recordings to museum collections through aboriginal art sites and modern theatre buildings), visit the CyArk website and look carefully at the assessment criteria for selection as part of the 500.
Participation is a two stage process-EOIs that pass the initial review will be asked to submit a formal application for review by the Advisory Council. Selected sites may be eligible to receive digital preservation funding through the CyArk 500 Fund.
The Advisory Council meeting was followed by the Annual Cyark Summit at the National Archives in Washington DC. The digital recording of Fort Lytton was lodged in the massive Cyark “Ark”, marking the ceremonial completion of the submission and review of the digital recording of Fort Lytton in Queensland, completed by the University of Queensland, CSIRO and the EPA last year, the first Australian site to be included in CyArk’s collection within Iron Mountain.
The CyArk Summit theme was “Democratising Cultural Heritage: Enabling Access to Information, Technology and Support” and it featured a spectacular range of CyArk projects with speakers from the National Geographic Society looking at the next generation of visualisation, the Smithsonian’s projects recording sits at risk and disaster response. The range of projects using new technology in the heritage field is broad indeed- it’s worth subscribing to the CyArk newsletter to stay abreast of such digital conservation initiatives, many of which are moving beyond recording into interpretation, such as the work being undertaken by Pixar using 3D technologies to capture the history of the Armenian diaspora and the digital initiatives at the British Museum to share heritage virtually with the public. A captivating presentation was provided by Roger Capriortti from Microsoft, who spoke of its internal processes of rethinking what the web can do and about developing with web standards to share heritage on the modern web.
Among a great range of excellent technical papers was the latest Scottish Ten project, the Nagasaki Giant Cantilever Crane in Japan being recorded with CyArk was presented by Miles Oglethorpe. This crane was designed and constructed by Scottish engineers in 1909. It survived the atomic bomb and is still in use today, and forms part of the remarkable serial site nomination submitted for World heritage listing in 2014 as the Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution, a nomination which has had extensive Australian professional advice and analysis.
The conference closed with a workshop session bringing together people who are experts in the fields of heritage and technology in an open exchange of information to improve the fields overall. A major issue ahead will be the cross-over of digital imagination and heritage interpretation, for which the ICOMOS Charter on Interpretation and Presentation will be a very useful reference point.
Sheridan Burke, CyArk Advisory Council member
19. US/ICOMOS 2015 International Exchange Program – call for applicants and host organisations: ADVANCE NOTICE
US/ICOMOS expects to support a number of internships overseas and within the United States in historic preservation during the course of 2015. This program provides unparalleled opportunities for preservationists early in their careers to gain hands-on experience in a country other than their own. The program is geared toward those nearing the end of graduate school or with 1-3 years of professional experience. Placements are made by matching the skills/experience of each applicant with the needs of each host organization.
Applications from prospective interns are due 31 January 2015. Application procedures can be found on the Intern section of the US/ICOMOS website.
Prospective Host Organisations
US/ICOMOS also seeks host organisations, such as non-profits, government agencies, and private firms, who are potentially interested in hosting a US/ICOMOS intern, whether in the United States or overseas. Information on hosting US/ICOMOS interns and a letter of interest form can be found on the Host section of the US/ICOMOS website.
2015 Program Schedule
The schedule for the 2015 program has not been finalised as yet. Usually, most internships take place during the summer months but some internships occur during the fall as well. US/ICOMOS is willing to work with host organizations to accommodate different schedules and durations of internships where necessary.
The program schedule for 2014 was as follows, and can be used as a guide to the likely schedule for 2015.
- January 31: Applications due (this date applies to 2014)
- March 1: Applicants notified of “shortlist” selection
- April 1: Selected applicants notified of placement with sponsor
- May 27 – May 30: Intern orientation
- May 31: Interns travel to their host locations
- June 2 – August 11: Internship with host organization
- August 12-14: Summer Interns return to Washington, DC for final program and reception; Fall interns arrive for orientation
- August 16: Summer Interns return home
- After August 16: Fall interns travel to their host locations
Since the US/ICOMOS International Exchange Program was created in 1984, more than 600 young preservation professionals and over 70 countries have participated. The aim of the program is to promote an understanding of international preservation policies, methods, and techniques and to enable interns to make professional contacts and form personal friendships that will ensure a continuing dialogue between countries.
The program began with a one-time exchange between US/ICOMOS and ICOMOS United Kingdom. It since has expanded to involve between 10 and 20 preservation professionals annually depending on the level of funding available. US/ICOMOS is always looking for preservation organizations both in the U.S. and abroad to host interns and participate in this exciting program of cultural exchange. The program is made possible through generous grants from many U.S. foundations, government agencies and individual contributors, and ICOMOS National Committees of participating.
PROSPECTIVE APPLICANTS FROM AUSTRALIA PLEASE NOTE:
Applications must be made by nomination through Australia ICOMOS. Nominations will be confirmed by 15 January 2013 . We regret the awkward timing of the call and US ICOMOS is aware of the problem.
Applicants must be financial members of Australia ICOMOS, have adequate experience and the clear opportunity to travel in the middle of the year.
Applications should be emailed to the Australia ICOMOS Secretariat by COB Thursday 11 December 2014.
Registrations are still being accepted for two information sessions in November about Arches version 3.0, the open source, web-based heritage inventory and management system developed by the Getty Conservation Institute and World Monuments Fund. The available sessions are as follows:
Arches Information Session at Euromed 2014
Thursday, November 6, 2014
2:30 – 5:00 pm
Arches Information Session at 2014 ICOMOS General Assembly
Sunday, November 9, 2014
2:30 – 5:00 pm
The information will be hosted by CIPA, the ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Heritage Documentation.
Both events will cover the following topics:
An overview of the management of heritage data in Arches, including international data standards, graphs, controlled vocabularies, and integration with external web services
System design and capabilities, including system architecture, creating and managing data, searching and reporting functionality, and geospatial layers
Arches deployment, including installation, data import and export, and configuration and potential customization
The Arches community, including how to participate
The presentations will also include information on the status of development and the new functionality that will be available in version 3.0 of the software.
Are you looking to create exhibitions which are engaging and dynamic? Do you need help developing new ideas and building skills in your museum or gallery? The Roving Curator – Exhibitions Program could be your answer!
The Roving Curator – Exhibitions Program provides small museums and galleries with exhibition development assistance, including several days on-site assistance, as well as follow-up support. See guidelines for the types of projects and support available.
Applications are now open and close 25 November 2014.
For further information, CLICK HERE.
From Hong Kong to Tanzania, the World Monuments Watch provides valuable support for conservation field projects worldwide.
Since 1996, the World Monuments Watch has helped hundreds of heritage sites achieve positive change in the face of contemporary challenges. World Monuments Fund has allocated more than $2.4 million to support conservation field projects at sites included on the 2014 World Monuments Watch. In collaboration with local partners, efforts at nine historic sites will benefit from $1.5 million awarded by American Express, the founding sponsor of the World Monuments Watch. WMF will assist community-based preservation efforts at Hong Kong’s Pokfulam Village, a remarkable survivor facing pressure from urban redevelopment plans. In Barcelona, Spain, WMF will contribute to the restoration and interpretation of Antoni Gaudí’s famous Güell Pavilions and Garden, to improve access by the general public. And in the Stone Town of Zanzibar, WMF will support the restoration of the Palace Museum, an iconic fixture of the Stone Town’s seafront, to help showcase Zanzibar’s rich history and culture.
2016 World Monuments Watch nominations are now being accepted. Deadline for nominations is 1 March 2015.
Every two years, World Monuments Fund (WMF) accepts new nominations to the World Monuments Watch. The World Monuments Watch calls international attention to cultural heritage around the world that is at risk from the forces of nature and the impact of social, political, and economic change. From archaeological sites to iconic architecture, cultural landscapes to historic urban centers, the Watch identifies places of significance in need of timely action.
Nearly 700 sites on all seven continents have been included in the ten Watch cycles since 1996. Watch listing provides an opportunity for sites and their nominators to raise public awareness, foster local participation, advance innovation and collaboration, and demonstrate effective solutions. The 2014 Watch has been covered by more than 1000 news outlets in over 80 countries, with circulation to over 500 million people worldwide. By capitalizing on the attention raised by Watch listing, local entities have leveraged support for Watch sites totaling over $200 million. WMF has contributed an additional $100 million toward projects at Watch sites in more than 80 countries.
Nominating a site to the Watch is a two-part process. Please submit an initial inquiry, after which a username and password will be provided to access the secure Online Nomination Form.
Information about the 2016 World Monuments Watch can be found at the World Monuments Fund website.
Questions about the nomination process should be directed via email to World Monuments Fund.
Residential Grants and Fellowships
While the Getty Foundation has many funding programs for scholars around the world, we also administer grants for scholars who come to work at the Getty Center on behalf of the Getty Research Institute, the Getty Conservation Institute, and the J. Paul Getty Museum.
Applications are now open in the following categories:
Getty Research Institute – applications close 3 November 2014
- Getty Scholar Grants
- Getty Predoctoral Fellowships
- Getty Postdoctoral Fellowships
- Getty GRI-NEH Postdoctoral Fellowships
- VolkswagenStiftung Funding Initiative
Getty Conservation Institute – applications close 17 November 2014
- Conservation Guest Scholar
- Postdoctoral Fellowship in Conservation Science
For further information, visit the Getty Foundation website.
This year’s Heritage Fair will be held at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research on Tuesday 21 October from 5.30pm.
The Heritage Fair is an opportunity for the heritage community of Cambridge to meet, mingle and learn about each other’s work. The event is open to students, researchers, industry specialists, and heritage professionals of all kinds. It will consist of a series of short presentations by research groups whose work is heritage-related, followed by a wine reception.
Please see attached Heritage Fair 2014 flyer for the programme of speakers.
Office Administrator (Canberra)
- Multi-faceted role in a dynamic, growing team
- Friendly & supportive work environment
- Part-time (18 hours)
GML Heritage (GML) is seeking an enthusiastic office-all-rounder for the role of Office Administrator in our Canberra office. This new role will have responsibilities including reception, word processing and desktop support, report production, basic accounting functions and operational tasks.
The position is offered on a part-time basis of 18 hours over 4 days (Monday to Thursday).
You will have a Certificate III is Business Administration or similar practical experience. You will have excellent English literacy skills, and intermediate–advanced skills in desktop applications including Microsoft Word and data entry.
Ideally you will have at least 3 years previous experience in an SME consulting environment, but more importantly you will have an aptitude for general office work across a number of disciplines including reception, formatting, data entry and operations. You will need to be able to prioritise, multi-task, work to deadlines and manage competing pressures. A commitment to team work and shared outcomes is essential, as is a keen eye for detail and a commitment to quality. A knowledge of CMS, accounting functions (including petty cash, reconciliations and receivables), and graphics/editing skills would be an advantage.
The position is classified under the Clerks (Private Sector) Award at Level 2-3 (subject to skills and experience).
GML has a friendly and supportive working environment. We offer a strong team culture and you will work alongside colleagues who are leading experts in their fields. We also have a training and development program that encourages all staff to grow their skills and knowledge.
About Us: For over twenty years GML has been at the forefront of heritage consulting. We have offices in Sydney and Canberra and a multi-disciplinary team of over forty industry leaders and experienced professionals in urban planning, archaeology, architecture, public history and interpretation. We provide high level heritage advice on major development projects and undertake benchmark projects for public and private sector clients. At GML, we believe that heritage should be celebrated. We enjoy solving complex challenges and providing enduring value for our clients and the broader community.
A position description and person specification can be accessed on our careers page at the GML Heritage website. For more information please call Bethany Lance on (02) 6273 7540. Please send your application, including a cover letter and resume, to GML via email.
Please note that this position was previously advertised as an Administration Assistant role.
26. SITUATION VACANT Tender opportunity: Activation of Heritage Space 14 Mrs Trivett Place, Arthur’s Head, Fremantle
The City of Fremantle invites quotations regarding the activation of Heritage space at 14 Mrs Trivett Place, Arthur’s Head, Fremantle through a heritage project.
The key contact person is Mike Pforr (Coordinator Community Development) – contact Mike by email.
Key project deliverables
- A heritage space at 14 Mrs Trivett Place that is inviting, interactive, interesting, evolving, and available to the public
- Funding opportunities for the location to ensure that it remains available for shared heritage use.
- Concept design of space with options for use
- Fitting out of space as approved by the City
- Promotional plan
- Ongoing management plan
- Identified funding opportunities
Further information can be found in the Activation of Heritage space at 14 Mrs Trivett Place, Arthurs Head request for quotation.
It is anticipated that the selection process will conclude within 2-4 weeks of the closing date for proposals.
Proposals can be submitted (marked “Attention: Mike Pforr, Coordinator Community Development) either in electronic copy to Mike Pforr by email or in hard copy to:
Community Development Directorate City of Fremantle
PO Box 807
Fremantle WA 6959
Closing date: Proposals will need to be received by Friday 24 October 2014.
The City may ask you to come and present your proposal to City officers for discussion if shortlisted.
For further information or queries, please contact Mike Pforr by email or on (08) 9432 9522.
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