Australia ICOMOS E-Mail News No. 750

  1. Australia ICOMOS History – launch at AGM, Friday 7 October
  2. South Australian Heritage Council – call for nominations
  3. ‘Locating the Past: Place and Historical Consciousness in Australia’, History Council of Victoria Annual Lecture, 20 October, Melbourne
  4. Museum Hack Workshop, WA, Monday 17 October – very limited places
  5. Museums Australia WA State Conference Opens its Doors 12-14 October
  6. Heritage as a Public Good – references / sources?
  7. “Caring for Collections and How to Fund it”, free workshop, Adelaide, 10 November
  8. 2017 WA Heritage Awards – nominations open
  9. Applications Now Open: Roving Curator Program 2017
  10. Duldig Studio’s Annual General Meeting, 18 October 2016, Melbourne
  11. AAA 2016 conference registration open
  12. Grollo Ruzzene Foundation Fellowship – applications open
  13. Getty Research Institute & the Getty Villa – proposals for 2017-18 year invited
  14. Latest Federation of Australian Historical Societies e-Bulletin available online
  15. 2016 Annual ICOMOS General Assembly – Istanbul, Turkey: Reminder to Register
  16. SOStierra2017 conference, 14-17 September 2017, Spain – call for papers
  17. CHNT 2016, Vienna, 16-18 November – call for Science Slam
  18. Read Heritage Tasmania’s latest news
  19. News from Sydney Living Museums
  20. SITUATION VACANT Strategic Heritage Officer, Woollahra Municipal Council
  21. SITUATION VACANT Project Architect or Architectural Assistant, Lucas Stapleton Johnson, Sydney
  22. SITUATION VACANT Post-doc Research Fellow in Heritage of the Built Environment, University of Melbourne


1. Australia ICOMOS History – launch at AGM, Friday 7 October

“Collaboration for Conservation – A Brief History of Australia ICOMOS and the Burra Charter

As part of its 40th Anniversary, Australia ICOMOS has prepared a concise history of its origins and significant achievements, in particular the evolution of the Burra Charter. In this document you will find information about Australia ICOMOS and its role, nationally and internationally. The history of the organisation and its achievements are presented in the context of the evolution of heritage practice in Australia and with reference to international development. It provides an overview of the work done by Australia ICOMOS with our international colleagues and partner organisations.

The history will be available in digital format on the Australia ICOMOS website after the launch, and for sale both at the conference and via the Secretariat. The decision to print 250 copies has been made, as it is anticipated that there will be a process of regular revisions/additions to this document with possible subsequent reprints. Cost of the document is $10 cash at the conference, or if purchased via the Secretariat, $15 (includes postage and handling).

In 2014, Australia ICOMOS commissioned the historian Bronwyn Hanna to prepare a history on the development of our organisation, in line with international intentions to prepare such histories for each of the national committees of ICOMOS. Bronwyn completed the document “Innovation in Conservation: A timeline history of Australia ICOMOS and the Burra Charter” in 2015. This excellent document was based on detailed oral histories and published sources, compiled a detailed record of the organisation’s achievements and included a detailed timeline of events since the establishment of Australia ICOMOS in 1976.

Australia ICOMOS has now taken Bronwyn’s detailed documentary work and prepared a concise history of the organisation’s origins and significant achievements for wider readership. This brief history has been written and prepared for publication by Nicholas Hall, who adapted the information from Bronwyn’s work and from other sources. We are extremely grateful for the substantial contributions by Bronwyn and Nicholas, who have made this project possible.  

We hope that this publication will be useful for current and future members of Australia ICOMOS, for governments, organisations, project collaborators, students and for community members with an interest in heritage. We thank profusely those who have assisted on the steering committee of this project: Tracy Ireland, Mary Knaggs, Sheridan Burke, Edwina Jans, and Tim Winter, and as always Georgia Meros, who’s help has been invaluable.  

We also anticipate that there will be suggested additions (including photographs) and changes to the document as it is circulated and reviewed by our members, and therefore this document is clearly marked as a first edition!  

Elizabeth Vines,
Australia ICOMOS History Project Coordinator

Kerime Danis
President, Australia ICOMOS


2. South Australian Heritage Council – call for nominations

Members of the public are invited to submit the names of persons who they regard as suitable candidates for the South Australian Heritage Council within 14 days from the date of this advertisement.

The Council’s principal functions under the Heritage Places Act 1993 are to:

  • Identify places, and related objects, of State heritage significance, and to enter them in the South Australian Heritage Register
  • To administer the Register
  • Identify areas of State heritage significance, and promote their establishment, if appropriate, as State heritage areas under the Development Act 1993
  • Provide strategic advice to the Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation on heritage matters and the Minister for Planning on heritage related matters in the administration of the Development Act 1993
  • Promote the public’s understanding and appreciation of the State’s heritage

Nominees must have knowledge of or experience in heritage conservation, history, archaeology, architecture, urban and regional planning, property development, the natural sciences, public administration, or any combination of two or more of these fields, or some other relevant field.

Nomination forms are available online and are to be returned to Ms Joyce Osborne at the South Australian Heritage Council, Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, GPO Box 1047, Adelaide SA 5001 or via email to Joyce. For further information please contact David Hanna on telephone (08) 8226 2127.

The deadline for nominations is Monday 3 October.


3. ‘Locating the Past: Place and Historical Consciousness in Australia’, History Council of Victoria Annual Lecture, 20 October, Melbourne

The History Council of Victoria’s Annual Lecture for 2016 will be presented by Dr Anna Clark and held at the Old Treasury Building, Melbourne, as part of History Week in Victoria, on Thursday 20 October at 6 pm. Dr Clark’s topic is ‘Locating the Past: Place and Historical Consciousness in Australia’. Tickets cost $15 per person and include light refreshments. Seats are limited, so book now! Read more HERE.

Further information
Executive Officer, Margaret Birtley
Email Margaret
Mobile: 0418 814 957


4. Museum Hack Workshop, WA, Monday 17 October – very limited places

New York Top Museum Talent Comes to Perth – Unique Workshop Opportunity: 17 October 2016
Post Museums Australia WA State Conference, 12-14 October 2016

Announcing an incredible opportunity for museum managers, coordinators of guides and guides in the collections or heritage sector – Dustin Growick, the Keynote Presenter at the Museums Australia WA State Conference (12-14 October) has agreed to pass on his skills in a unique (up close and personal) half-day workshop on Monday 17 October.

It’s a rare opportunity for Perth to attract a top New York presenter with the type of dynamic audience engagement skills that are being followed worldwide, the great news is Museum Hack New York has agreed to send us one of their best – Dustin Growick.

In this unique half-day workshop, Dustin will lead you through proven approaches to executing passion-based storytelling, creating tours that utilize pacing and elements to ensure a dynamic visitor experience, techniques for fighting museum fatigue and crafting interactive, inquiry based activities that utilize technology and the expertise of your audience to re-energize visitors.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn in a small group environment from one for the best – only 15 seats available, so first in, best dressed!

Registration for this workshop closes Friday 30 September 2016 or as soon as full. See the attached flyer for more information and how to register.

To get a taste of what is so unique about Dustin and Museum Hack, click here.

For more information and booking details are in the Museum Hack Workshop flyer.

Also importantly, registrations for the Museums Australia WA Conference close 6 October. If you miss out on the workshop with Dustin, you will have two other occasions to learn firsthand from him and a fantastic range of other presenters who will share their unique expertise and insights. (See next item).


5. Museums Australia WA State Conference Opens its Doors 12-14 October

The Museums Australia WA State Conference is just about on our doorstep and it’s time to confirm your attendance. This year’s event is open to anyone connected with museums, galleries, heritage or visitor attraction and destination development and has been designed with a unique cross sector and visitor experience focus. Link to Conference Website.

There are also over 80 good reasons to register this year with an expanded program of 80 speakers including three world leading, international Key Note speakers Dustin Growick -Museum Hack New York, Elizabeth Merritt – Centre for Future Museums US and Tony Butler – Happy Museums UK.   Importantly we have a broad cross section of acclaimed West Australian professionals representing the museums, arts, heritage and local government sectors who will be passing on their winning secrets by showcasing some of the state’s leading project case studies. Link to Conference Short Program.

If you want to know how you can develop, market and fund your museum, gallery or attraction in creative new ways whilst delivering contemporary memorable experiences for visitors (that will have them return and recommend you to others) then don’t miss this year’s Conference. Link to Registration.

For the first time we have included a full day Local Government Program Wednesday 12th October with a choice of excursions to Fremantle or Guildford to experience firsthand how the City of Fremantle and City of Swan successfully work with their local communities, museums and heritage attractions. Link to Excursion Details.


6. Heritage as a Public Good – references / sources?

Heritage Consultant Warwick Mayne-Wilson would be grateful if anyone could advise him if you know of any academic or heritage professionals’ paper, or any state or federal legislation, which treats or identifies heritage items or places in government ownership as a ‘public good’.

If you have any information that relates to the above, email Warwick directly.


7. “Caring for Collections and How to Fund it”, free workshop, Adelaide, 10 November

Where: Thursday 10 November, 1.30-4.00pm

Where: Artlab Australia, 70 Kintore Avenue, Adelaide CBD (enter via Morgan Thomas Lane); FREE parking for participants on Torrens Parade Ground, Victoria Drive

Presented by History SA and Artlab to discover the projects and grants your community group or organisation can access to help care for your valued collections.

More information (and parking map) is in the Caring for Collections and How to Fund it flyer.

Please RSVP by Thursday 3 November – (08) 8207 7520 or via email to Artlab


8. 2017 WA Heritage Awards – nominations open

The Western Australian Heritage Awards recognise outstanding commitment and contribution to heritage conservation, adaptive reuse, interpretation, tourism and promotion in Western Australia.

This year marks 25 years of the WA Heritage Awards. Since the first awards in 1992, the Heritage Awards have been an opportunity to showcase the excellent work in revitalising State Registered heritage places, setting standards in interpretation, heritage tourism, conservation and adaptive reuse.

Nomination is done through an easy-to-use online portal. Log in to the awards portal and complete your nomination by 4pm, Friday 25 November 2016.

For more information, visit the WA Heritage Awards website.


9. Applications Now Open: Roving Curator Program 2017

Are you looking for professional assistance with an exhibition idea or project? Would you like to develop your team’s exhibition skills? The Roving Curator Program could be the answer!

The Roving Curator Program provides small museums and galleries with exhibition development assistance, including several days on-site advice as well as follow-up support. See guidelines for the types of projects and support available.

Applications are now open and will close at 5pm on 18 October 2016.

For more information, visit the Museums Australia (VIC) website.


10. Duldig Studio’s Annual General Meeting, 18 October 2016, Melbourne

For more information, click here.


11. AAA 2016 conference registration open

The Australian Archaeological Association (AAA) 2016 conference is being hosted by the Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council in Terrigal, NSW from 6-8 December 2016 and will consist of 3 full days of papers, presentations, meetings and social events.

Conference Theme: INTERWOVEN: Indigenous and Western knowledge in archaeology and heritage

Indigenous knowledge is increasingly being incorporated into archaeological heritage management practice and research. In this conference we review and examine both theoretical and practical interconnections between Indigenous and Western approaches to archaeological research and practice. The aim is to demonstrate the range of Indigenous and Western co-operation and evaluate successes and challenges. Directions for future collaborations will be welcome.

Registration for the conference is currently open. Discounted early-bird registration will end 30 September.

The 2016 conference will offer a limited number of subsidies to Indigenous and Student delegates. The scheme aims to encourage greater levels of Indigenous and Student participation in the Conference. Note that non-Indigenous delegates are also eligible to apply on behalf of Indigenous delegates. Applications for the subsidy scheme are open now (application form can be downloaded from the Australian Archaeological Association website) and the deadline is 30 September.

Key information including the Program, Keynote Speaker, Registration, Accommodation, Venue, Social Events, Photo Competition, Meetings, Travel Advice are also all available on the Australian Archaeological Association website.


12. Grollo Ruzzene Foundation Fellowship – applications open

Applications are invited for the Grollo Ruzzene Foundation Fellowship for the amount of $12,500, which will support the continued development of conservation and preservation practice and skill development across areas such as (but not limited to):

  • Books
  • Artworks
  • Furniture
  • Jewellery
  • Clothing and textiles
  • Museum artefacts

The application form, which contains further information, can be downloaded from here. Closing date for applications is Monday 17 October 2016.


13. Getty Research Institute & the Getty Villa – proposals for 2017-18 year invited

The Getty Research Institute and the Getty Villa invite proposals for the 2017–2018 academic year.

Deadline: 3 October 2016

The Getty Research Institute theme, ICONOCLASM AND VANDALISM, explores iconoclasm not only as a form of destruction or a means of repression, but also as a vehicle for creative expression and protest. Iconoclasm is transformative, creating entirely new objects or meanings through alterations to existing artworks. Charged with symbolism, these remains testify to a history of reception, offering clues about the life and afterlife of an object. To a certain extent, all radical changes in cultural production can be described as iconoclastic.

Applicants are encouraged to adopt a broad approach to the theme by addressing topics such as religious and political iconoclasm, protection of cultural heritage, use of spolia, damnatio memoriae, street art, graffiti, performance art, or activism.

The Getty Villa theme, THE CLASSICAL WORLD IN CONTEXT: PERSIA, investigates the political, intellectual, religious, and artistic relations between Persia, Greece, and Rome from the ninth century BC to AD 651. Reaching from the borders of Greece to India, the Persian Empire was viewed by the Greeks as a vastly wealthy and powerful rival and often as an existential threat. The rise of the Roman Empire as a world power quickly brought it, too, into conflict with Persia, despite the common trade that flowed through their territories.

The 2017/2018 scholar year is the first of two terms that will be devoted to this theme. Priority will be given to research projects that are cross-cultural and interdisciplinary, and that utilize a wide range of archaeological, textual, and other evidence.

Detailed application guidelines are available online.

For more information about each theme visit the Getty Institute website.

Please address inquiries via email to the Research team.


14. Latest Federation of Australian Historical Societies e-Bulletin available online

To read the latest Federation of Australian Historical Societies e-Bulletin, click on the link below.


15. 2016 Annual ICOMOS General Assembly – Istanbul, Turkey: Reminder to Register

This year the ICOMOS Annual General Assembly and Advisory Committee will take place in Istanbul, Turkey, from 15-21 October 2016, on the generous invitation of ICOMOS Turkey.

How to register

You can register on the official website until 3 October 2016.

Before registering, please consult in particular the page “Information for Delegates” and after registering, please carefully read the information provided by the Conference Organiser and keep an eye on the updates on the website.


16. SOStierra2017 conference, 14-17 September 2017, Spain – call for papers

SOStierra2017, International Conference on Vernacular Earthen Architecture, Conservation and Sustainability, is organized in the framework of the SOStierra project: “Restoration and rehabilitation of traditional earthen architecture in the Iberian Peninsula. Guidelines and tools for a sustainable intervention” funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness.

The conference will take place on 14-17 September 2017 at the School of Architecture of the Universitat Politècnica de València. Associated to SOStierra2017 Conference, ResTAPIA 2017, 3rd Conference on Rammed Earth Conservation, and VerSus 2017, 3rd Conference on Lessons from Vernacular Heritage for Sustainable Architecture, will be organized.

Abstract deadline: 1 October 2016.

For more information on the call for papers, click here and/or visit the conference website.


17. CHNT 2016, Vienna, 16-18 November – call for Science Slam

The 21st International Conference on Cultural Heritage and New Technologies (CHNT 2016) will take place at the City Hall of Vienna, Austria from 16-18 November 2016.

This year, the Conference is proud to host its first Science Slam. Current research presented in a unique format – short, sweet, and to the point!

CHNT gives you a stage, an audience, and 8 minutes – you supply the science! Wow the jury and become the first CHNT Science Slam Champion!

Topic: Archaeology and Cultural Heritage in the Digital Age

Date & time: 11.00am, Thursday 17 November 2016

The rules

  • You have a maximum of eight minutes to present your research.
  • You can use any props you like – but projectors and powerpoint are forbidden.
  • The winner is declared by popular vote among the audience – criteria for judging are clarity, novelty, and especially entertainment value!
  • Informal research, like your hobby, is great, too – convince us your topic fits our theme and we’ll let you play!
  • The conference language is English.
  • The winner gets a prize on top of the bragging rights.

The logistics

  • You send us a short concept (150-200 words) via the conference website on or before 10 October 2016
  • We will choose the best abstracts and notify the successful submitters by 15 October
  • There will be a discounted registration fee for competitors – for € 45.00 (students with ID: € 30.00), you can attend the whole conference and every social event
  • The Science Slam will be directed by an experienced slammer, Marleen de Kramer, 7reasons, Austria – you can contact Marleen by email

For more information, visit the conference website.


18. Read Heritage Tasmania’s latest news

To read the latest news from Heritage Tasmania, click on the link below.


19. News from Sydney Living Museums

To read the latest news from the Sydney Living Museums, click here.


20. SITUATION VACANT Strategic Heritage Officer, Woollahra Municipal Council

Strategic Heritage Officer

  • Salary from $80,287.64 to $95,971.82 pa + super
  • Potential to earn additional allowance of up to $4,531 pa
  • Full maintained private use motor vehicle under Council’s leaseback scheme
  • Nine day fortnight!

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 local, regional and, in many instances, a nationally recognised level of heritage significance.

Your role includes the preparation of heritage conservation policy and information, provision of advice to Councillors and staff, and promotion of heritage conservation in the community. You will also respond to customer enquiries and assist in explaining policies to customers.

Essential Criteria

  • A tertiary qualification in architecture, town planning or an associated discipline with particular emphasis on the built environment
  • Demonstrated current experience in the preparation, review and implementation of NSW heritage-related legislation, policies and strategies used in local environmental plans and development control plans
  • Demonstrated current experience in heritage impact assessment, assessing heritage significance and preparing heritage inventory sheets for local and state heritage items
  • A thorough current working knowledge of NSW heritage legislation and NSW Heritage Branch guidelines
  • Time management skills, with a particular ability to balance priorities
  • Project management skills
  • Demonstrated research and problem solving skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including skills in public presentation
  • The ability to provide creative input to the operation of a team of multi-skilled professionals
  • Well-developed skills in the use of PC software including Word and Excel
  • Demonstrated commitment to the provision of quality customer service
  • A Class C driver’s licence

Desirable Criteria

  • A tertiary qualification in heritage conservation
  • Demonstrated experience in the preparation and review of planning policy used in local environmental plans and development control plans
  • A working knowledge of NSW planning and environment legislation
  • Experience with appeals in the Land and Environment Court

How to apply

  • Apply on line by clicking here
  • You will be asked to demonstrate how you meet each of the selection criteria
  • If you have a separate statement addressing the selection criteria, please upload it as a cover letter and simply refer to it in the online questionnaire
  • You will be able to upload 2 documents only.
  • For information on applying for Council jobs, please visit this link
  • For further information about the role, please contact Chris Bluett, Manager Strategic Planning on (02) 9391 7083 during business hours
  • Our preference is for applications to be submitted online, however, we will accept hard copy applications addressed to Human Resources, Woollahra Council, PO Box 61, Double Bay, NSW, 1360

CLOSING DATE: Friday 14 October 2016

Woollahra Council is an equal opportunity employer committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values diversity and inclusion. If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to advise us at time of application.  

We value:

  • Respect for people
  • Integrity and excellent performance
  • Professional, quality service
  • Open, accountable communication


21. SITUATION VACANT Project Architect or Architectural Assistant, Lucas Stapleton Johnson, Sydney

Lucas Stapleton Johnson have a vacancy for a Project Architect or Architectural Assistant with demonstrated interest in heritage buildings for a full-time position. AutoCAD experience is an advantage.

Please apply in writing with CV to Lucas Stapleton Johnson, 155 Brougham Street, Kings Cross, 2011, or apply by email.


22. SITUATION VACANT Post-doc Research Fellow in Heritage of the Built Environment, University of Melbourne

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Heritage of the Built Environment
Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, The University of Melbourne, Australia

Salary: AUD$66,809* – AUD$90,657 p.a. (*PhD Entry Level AUD$84,458 p.a.) plus 17% superannuation

The Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning at the University of Melbourne seeks to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to conduct interdisciplinary research on the Heritage of the Built Environment.

This position is located in the Australian Collaboratory for Architectural History, Urban and Cultural Heritage (ACAHUCH). Working alongside industry, academic and government partners, ACAHUCH fosters a collaborative approach to the critical study of architectural history, heritage conservation and digital, cultural, landscape and urban heritage, history and design. Click here for more information about the Collaboratory.

The Postdoctoral Research Fellow is required to develop, undertake and complete a three-year research program in a topic aligned to ACAHUCH’s key priorities in the heritage of the built environment (see Position Description).

We are seeking high performing candidates with a background in architectural history, history, art history, heritage studies, planning or other relevant disciplines. The position will also contribute to ACAHUCH’s cross-sector collaboration through workshops and public events, to progress a policy agenda with relevant stakeholders and to produce publications and other scholarly and public outputs.

Employment type: Full-time fixed-term position available for 3 years

Enquiries only to: Professor Kate Darian-Smith by email

Closing date: 2 October 2016

For position information and to apply online visit the University of Melbourne website, click on the relevant option (Current Staff or Prospective Staff), and search under the job title or job number 0040971.


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Australia ICOMOS Secretariat
Georgia Meros, Secretariat Officer
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