Getty Scholar Reflections
Japanese Room, Melbourne School of Design, Parkville
Monday 5 December, 6pm
During April-June this year, Liz Vines was a Visiting Scholar at the Getty Conservation Institute in Los Angeles. The Getty Center opened to the public on 16 December 1997, to the design of Richard Meier, at a cost at the time of $1.3 billion, and is one of the wealthiest museum and research centres in the world. The Melbourne School of Design and Australia ICOMOS are hosting a talk where Liz will share her experiences including:
- What is a Getty Scholar position and how do you apply?
- Her topic of research was “New Development in Creative Heritage Cities”, which is the focus of her proposed book, Streetwise Design – A Guide for Creative Heritage Cities, a sequel to her two previous books, Streetwise and Streetwise Asia.
- The Case Study House program and more generally the mid-century modern architecture of Los Angeles and Palm Springs with architects, such as Ray and Charles Eames (the Eames house, 1949), Pierre Koenig (the Stahl house 1960), Harry Gesner (the Scantlin house 1965), and others.
- The architecture of Greene and Greene, Frank Lloyd Wright and Frank Gehry in Los Angeles.
- The April-September innovative Mogao Grottoes immersive exhibition at the Getty, which showcases the Cave Temple conservation along the Silk Road.
- Her personal reflections of various planning issues of Los Angeles
Elizabeth (Liz) Vines, is a heritage architect and graduate of Melbourne University and is a recent past President of Australia ICOMOS. She has worked throughout Australia and Asia with her firm McDougall & Vines. She is a Visiting Professor at HKU, an Adjunct Professor at the Cultural Heritage Asia Pacific Group, Deakin University, Melbourne and partner in the firm McDougall & Vines. Elizabeth spent February and March of 2015 in Yangon, Myanmar working on a EU project with the Yangon Heritage Trust where she became interested and concerned about the quality of new development in this important heritage city. In 2016, she was a Guest Scholar for three months at the Getty Conservation Institute in Los Angeles, researching the challenge of appropriate infill design in historical contexts. Elizabeth is committed to the practical reuse, improvement and rejuvenation of city centres and heritage buildings and is a passionate advocate for heritage conservation issues.
Download the Getty Conservation Guest Scholar Program flyer for more information.
VICOMITES CHRISTMAS DRINKS, Monday 5 December, Post-talk
Christmas drinks for Victorian ICOMOS members will follow Liz’s talk, at the same venue. Please also RSVP to Robyn Clinch by email for the post-talk drinks.
After an absence of a number of years the SA Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR), in partnership with the Department of Planning Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI), are reinstating Friday Forums, beginning with the first Friday Forum on Friday 25 November 2016.
These Forums are designed to provide opportunities for heritage professionals and people interested in the management of our built heritage to discuss matters of mutual interest and to network with colleagues over wine and cheese.
The first re-instated Friday Forum (25 November 2016) will include two presentations:
a) DPTI’s Historic Buildings Conservation Program – funding for State-owned State Heritage Places
b) DEWNR’s State Heritage Unit – what they have been doing and future initiatives
Please join us Friday 25 November at 4.30pm at Level 9, 81 Waymouth Street, Adelaide, with presentations between 4.45 and 5.30pm. For catering purposes, please make a booking at this link.
If you would like any further information about the reinstated Friday Forums, please contact Hamish Angas, State Heritage Unit, DEWNR – email Hamish or phone him on (08) 8124 4956.
Australian Red Cross and the University of Adelaide Law School are holding a conference on protecting cultural property in armed conflict, to be held on 7-8 December 2016.
Recently at the International Criminal Court, the Independent Prosecutor stated: “To protect cultural property is to protect our culture, our history, our identity, and our ways of expressing faith and practicing religion for current and future generations. We must protect our common heritage from desecration, ravages, and the long-term effects of … destructive acts.”
To give effect to its existing obligations under the 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in Armed Conflict (signed and ratified in 1984), states and territories have the responsibility to take measures to safeguard cultural property. Such measures may include monitoring schemes to audit, identify and protect our own heritage as well as cultural material that we hold. The ability to safeguard cultural property in conflict is determined by the mechanisms established in peacetime. This includes implementing relevant international laws and adopting initiatives that represent best practice in cultural property protection.
This conference will look at the international legal paradigms impacting cultural property protections, related contemporary Australian issues and approaches to cultural property protections and State implementation of legal obligations. It also provides an opportunity to bring the issue of protections for cultural property in armed conflict to the fore in the thinking of Australian decision makers, and gives a forum for experts to share their insights and experience.
- Mr Shane Simpson AM, Heritage lawyer and author of Borders of Culture: Review of the Protection of Movable Cultural Heritage Act 1986
- Ms Anna Segall, Legal Advisor and Director, Office of International Standards and Legal Affairs – UNESCO
- Dr Phoebe Wynn-Pope, Director IHL and Movement Relations, Australian Red Cross
- Professor Tim McCormack, Special Adviser on IHL to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in the Hague
- Associate Professor Dale Stephens, Adelaide Law School, University of Adelaide
The conference venue is the Ligertwood Building at the University of Adelaide Law School.
Registrations can be made at this link.
The University of Queensland is presently inviting applications for enrolments in its Master of Heritage Management. Graduates of archaeology, anthropology, history, town planning, architecture and other cognate disciplines are encouraged to apply. An Honours degree is not required. For further information, follow this link, or email Dr Andrew Sneddon.
Extent Heritage and NIWA have been commissioned by the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI), New Zealand to explore and document the cultural heritage and scientific values of this New Zealand timber, which is found buried and preserved in peat swamps in New Zealand’s north. MPI is seeking a broader understanding of the values that different groups associate with swamp kauri. In particular, they are seeking a deeper understanding of:
- The cultural values that swamp kauri holds for relevant groups, such as hapu and iwi within Te Tai Tokerau
- The heritage values associated with swamp kauri
- The scientific values that swamp kauri holds
- How the different values relate to one another, and what the greatest risks to those values might be
- An indication of steps that can be taken to maintain these values for future New Zealanders
In addition to the other research tasks, we have developed a short electronic survey to canvass the range of values relevant to swamp kauri. If you know about this timber and have an interest in it we urge you to complete our electronic survey. We estimate that it will take you less than 10 minutes and it will help us to understand the range of values held by individuals and sectors of the community. To complete the survey click on this link.
For further information please email Dr Susan McIntye-Tamwoy.
WA members and non-members are invited to an end of year event.
Date & time: 5.30-7.30pm, Tuesday 13 December
Venue: Heathcote Cultural Precinct, Applecross
More information is available in the ICOMOS Sundowner invite.
People either residing in or intending to visit Hobart in the near future may be interested in a walk around Battery Point. The walk is self-guided, with associated street signage that can be scanned onto a digital device by the use of a QR code. The project received funding of $50,000 from the Tasmanian Community Fund. It was promoted through the Battery Point Progress Association and Hobart City Council sponsorship. The project was approached as a research and development exercise in interpretation of place and time.
For more information visit the Battery Point Walk website.
We’re now searching for SPAB Scholars and Fellows for 2017. Apply for the Scholarship programme and the Fellowship programme by 1 December 2016.
The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (The SPAB) welcomes Fellowship applications from craftspeople employed in the repair of historic buildings on site or in workshops and studios. Candidates must have completed their apprenticeship and demonstrate a high degree of competence, as well as an enthusiasm to engage with other trades and disciplines. Past Fellows have been stonemasons, stained glass conservators, blacksmiths, carpenters/joiners, bricklayers, leadworkers and plasterers.
Our Scholars are architects, surveyors and engineers who have completed their college-based training (e.g. RIBA Parts I & II for architects), ideally with a few years’ experience in their field. Applicants must be enthusiastic about old buildings and willing to travel the country for this nine-month countrywide conservation tour.
For more information, click here.
THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT: JACK MUNDEY, GREEN BANS HERO
An “in conversation” with James Colman in the presence of Jack Mundey
with Sheridan Burke as provocateur
This is the story of how an ordinary bloke from the bush became the key figure in a movement that would change the shape of our cities and bring about lasting political and legal reform. This is the story of the house that Jack Mundey built. Without the green bans movement of the 1970s, Sydney and many other cities would look very different. Pulling together an unlikely alliance of environmentalists and union players earned Jack Mundey a reputation as both the ‘best-known unionist and best-known conservationist in Australia’.
Under his leadership, the movement fought against the slash-and-burn philosophy that almost saw The Rocks fitted out with high-rise buildings, a highway through the centre of Glebe and total development of Centennial Park. In this long-awaited book James Colman reflects on Jack’s remarkable life and his ongoing legacy. Mundey overturned the bulldozer mentality of the 1960s and 1970s and helped to persuade Australians everywhere to cherish and protect the heritage of special buildings, places and sites.
About the Author James Colman
James Colman is a Sydney-based architect, planner and part-time university lecturer. From an initial intensive period of architectural practice in Sydney, Papua New Guinea, UK and Ghana he later moved into urban design and town planning. His urban and rural projects have frequently taken him overseas and to many locations in Australia. Early heritage studies in New South Wales and Victoria led to what became a long-standing commitment to the protection of built heritage and the natural environment. He has taught at seven Australian universities at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. As a freelancer he has written extensively for the professional and popular press, work for which he was awarded the 1995 George Munster Prize by the Australian Centre for Independent Journalism at the University of Technology, Sydney. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects and the Planning Institute of the International Society of City and Regional Planners. Currently he maintains a small consulting practice coupled with occasional teaching assignments at UNSW, University of Sydney and WSU.
Time & Date: Thursday 24 November 2016, 5.30pm for 6pm start
Cost: Members $10, Non-members $15, payable at GML
Venue: GML Heritage, Level 6, Australia Council Building, 372 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills, 2010 (corner of Cooper Street – south from Central Station North Concourse exit to Elizabeth Street). Please report to the reception desk on the Australia Council Ground Floor on arrival to be ticked off on the list and to obtain a Visitors Pass
RSVP: by Monday 21 November via email to Jane Vernon – bookings are essential as places are limited
Download the ICOMOS DOCOMOMO AIA talk 24 November 2016 flyer.
10. Deakin Master of Cultural Heritage DUAL AWARD with World Heritage Masters at Brandenburg Technical University – Cottbus, Germany
Applications are now OPEN for 2017 entry to Deakin’s long-standing and internationally recognised post-graduate programs in Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies – follow link for more information. We offer flexible learning options at the Melbourne Burwood Campus or online.
We are very pleased to offer a unique dual award with our partners at the World Heritage Studies program at BTU-Cottbus in Germany. To join our 3rd dual award cohort in March, please apply online to enrol in the Master of Cultural Heritage, and also send an Expression of Interest letter to Kristal Buckley by email by 30 November. For further information, visit the culturalheritage@deakin blog.
Engineering Heritage Australia’s Quarterly Magazine can be downloaded from here.
Better to marry than to burn? Female convicts and the effects of marriage
presented by James Parker
Colonial authorities firmly believed that marriage could reform female convicts. They also believed it was good for male convicts. Anne Forrest, who got into trouble at Port Arthur, was the first stimulus for this examination of convict marriage. She was a thoroughly “bad girl” before marriage, always in trouble with the authorities, but with a completely “clean sheet” after her nuptials. The transcription of female convict records by the Female Convict Research Centre makes it possible to see whether this was a general phenomenon. This paper uses a combination of statistical analysis and anecdotes (numbers and stories) to examine convict behaviour before and after marriage – with surprising results.
James Parker is a native Tasmanian who spent 20 years away from the island working in theatre and films. Returning in the ‘80s, he settled on the Tasman Peninsula where he had spent many holidays as a child and teenager. He went broke in the fishing industry, did his time at Port Arthur, and did a degree in History, Philosophy and Aboriginal Studies in his fifties. He is a founding member of both the Female Convict Research Centre and the Convict Women’s Press.
When: Wednesday 23 November 2016 at 5.30pm
Where: Junior Medical Officer’s House Conference Room (rear of the house), Port Arthur Historic Site
For more information call (03) 6251 2324.
Download the ‘Better to marry than to burn’ flyer.
Since receiving contributions through the consultation process undertaken late last year, a great deal of work has gone into progressing refinements and amendments to the Act through the drafting of the Heritage Bill 2016.
The Heritage Bill 2016 re-enacts the Heritage Act 1995 with amendments and new provisions to modernise and improve processes and protections for Victoria’s cultural heritage places and objects. The Bill reduces regulatory burden by simplifying and collapsing statutory processes, and strengthens the protection of State-listed heritage places and objects through improved compliance and enforcement measures.
On 8 November 2016 the Heritage Bill 2016 was introduced to the Legislative Assembly of the Victorian Parliament and read a second time on 9 November 2016.
The Heritage Bill 2016 and the Second Reading speech are available through the Victorian Legislation and Parliamentary Documents website – click on ‘Parliamentary Documents’, then click on ‘Bills’, then scroll down and click on ‘Heritage Bill 2016’).
Details on progression of the Heritage Bill 2016 will be provided through the Heritage Victoria website.
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.
Read the latest edition of the Heritage Council’s eNewsletter, Heritage Matters.
16. “How intangible and tangible culture has created and shaped Australian and global culture” conference, Sydney, 24-25 November 2016 – call for papers/workshops/discussion
Cultural Heritage: How intangible and tangible culture has created and shaped Australian and global culture
24-25 November 2016
Call for papers: Open with notice of submission
SIETAR Australasia (Society for Intercultural Training and Research) with Sydney University Business School is organising this conference.
The aim is to explore how migrants and refugees have contributed to the creation of intangible and tangible cultural heritage in Australia and globally. Themes include, but are not limited to, sustaining diversity and intercultural capacity in tangible and intangible heritage, as well as global perspectives, and other issues generally in dealing with all aspects of culture such as, multiculturalism and intercultural relations. The conference aims to promote discussion on any and all manifestations of migrants’ and refugees’ contribution to Australia and globally (if possible).
For more information, visit the conference website.
The organisers of CIPA2017, the 26th biennial symposium, to be held from 28 August to 1 September 2017, in Ottawa, Canada, invite contributions for this symposium. CIPA2017 will focus on Digital Workflows for Conservation.
CIPA is the ICOMOS International Committee on Heritage Documentation.
• February 1, 2017 – Deadline to submit abstracts and full papers
• March 31, 2017 – Notification of acceptance of abstracts
• April 30, 2017 – Deadline to upload full papers
• May 15, 2017 – Notification of acceptance of reviewed papers
• June 15, 2017 – Deadline to upload non-reviewed papers and posters
• July 12, 2017 – Deadline for submission of corrected papers
• July 12, 2017 – Deadline to upload non-reviewed papers and posters
CIPA has launched an award for those emerging professionals attending Ottawa 2017.
For early birds, please register for CIPA2017 here.
For more information about the symposium, visit the symposium website.
Engineers Australia and the Melbourne and Olympic Parks Trust invite you to join us in recognising the engineering significance of the 1956 Olympic Swimming and Diving Stadium on Wednesday 7 December 2016.
The stadium will be awarded an Engineering Heritage Marker under Engineering Heritage Australia’s national Heritage Recognition Program.
About the Stadium
The former Swimming and Diving Stadium purpose built for the 1956 Melbourne Olympics is thought to be the first post-tensioned steel structure in the world.
It was the first enclosed swimming and diving stadium used in the Olympics and was the scene for the sensational performance by the Australian swimming team who won eight gold medals.
The stunning building is celebrated as an influential landmark in Australian ‘Structuralist’ architecture and incorporated advanced engineering concepts way ahead of its time.
To register to attend, click here.
The conference organisers invite you to participate in Art&Archaeology2016, the International Conference to be held in Jerusalem, 11-14 December 2016. It follows their successful Jerusalem Conference ART2008.
Art&Archaeology2016 aims to bring together a range of scholars, specialists and experts in the fields of archaeology, art, history, preservation, restoration and reconstruction of museum or archaeological objects, cultural heritage, researchers of ancient structures and measurement scientists and technologists.
For more information, visit the conference website.
The ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Earthen Architectural Heritage (ISCEAH) is calling for Expressions of Interest from organizations and countries, who are interested in earthen architectural heritage, to promote, host, run and administer the next international conference known as “Terra Conference” and will be Terra XIII.
The last Terra Conference (XII, 2012) took place in Lyon, France.
The XIII Terra conference will be scheduled for 2019 or 2021, so as not to coincide with the 19th ICOMOS General Assembly in the fall of 2020.
The Terra conference will occur under the aegis of ICOMOS and its specialist international scientific committee, ISCEAH.
Download the XIII Terra conference EOI – 2nd call.
A journey through landscapes ancient and modern,
with architect and historian, Anne Warr (M.ICOMOS)
Strategically situated on the Indian Ocean’s east-west trading route, Sri Lanka has been visited by traders for thousands of years. Some, like the Arabs, Persians and Chinese, came and went, while others, like the Dutch, Portuguese and British, stayed longer, each cultivating the island in their own ways and making Sri Lanka today the richest of gardens. From the earliest times, Tamils and Sinhalese have navigated the necklace of islands that tenuously link the Indian sub-continent with the southern island, bringing with them skills in food cultivation and irrigation, which when combined with religious practices developed into sophisticated kingdoms in the north of the island.
For more information, click here.
22. BRIDGE: The Heritage of Connecting Places & Cultures conference, UK, 6-10 July 2017 – 2nd call for papers
BRIDGE: The Heritage of Connecting Places and Cultures
Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site
6-10 July 2017
Bridges physically and symbolically connect places, communities and cultures; they remind us of division while at the same time providing the means for unification. This conference seeks to explore heritage of bridges – not only as remarkable physical structures connecting places and cultures but also as symbolic and metaphorical markers in the landscape.
Indicative themes of interest to the conference include:
- The materials and technologies of bridges – the heritage of form and function
- National and local iconographies of bridges
- Narratives of bridge construction and destruction
- Communities united and communities divided by bridges
- Poetics of the bridge – representing the bridge in art, literature and film
- Love and death on the bridge
- The language of the bridge – metaphors and meanings in social life
- Touring bridges – travel narratives and tourism economies
- Alternative bridge crossings – tunnels and ferries
Second call for papers deadline: 16 January 2017
For more information, visit the conference website.
19th General Assembly Fondazione Romualdo Del Bianco – Life Beyond Tourism
“Smart Travel, Smart Architecture and Heritage Conservation and its Fruition for Dialogue”
11-12 March 2017
World Heritage Sites represent a great strategy for getting people of different cultures together and for exercising dialogue among numerous cultures. This congress intends to open a platform to combine Theory and Practice in order to contribute to the development of dialogue among cultures under the main topic Heritage for Intercultural Dialogue on the Planet we all share.
Two special events have been organised:
Opening Session – Smart Travel for Dialogue, from Tourism to Travel and Dialogue
11 March 2017
Contributions from Operators in Tourism focusing on the growing potentialities of world heritage sites – and local contemporary culture – for intercultural dialogue.
Congress on Architecture & Conservation – Smart Architecture and Heritage Conservation for Dialogue
12 March 2017
Contributions from universities scholars and professionals committed to the education and training in heritage management for territorial development in peaceful coexistence.
For more information and call for papers details, click here. Abstracts are due by 25 November 2016.
Applications for the Master of Urban and Cultural Heritage at the Melbourne School of Design, University of Melbourne are now being accepted.
This unique cross-disciplinary and industry-oriented program is open to graduates who are passionate about the social and cultural dimensions of the built environment in the 21st century. The core subjects in the Master of Urban and Cultural Heritage examine contemporary and theoretical approaches to heritage policy, regulation and practice; new approaches to digital technologies and heritage; issues of heritage significance within historical and cross-cultural contexts; cultural heritage and its social and economic impacts, including tourism; and heritage reconstruction. Students will gain critical research and presentation skills in the analysis, documentation and management of heritage sites, landscapes and tangible and intangible cultural practices. Students also study a range of specialist electives, with the option to undertake a research project or industry internship.
Key Features of the program include the examination of:
- Heritage in a global context, with a focus on the Asia-Pacific
- Heritage and Digital Technologies
- Heritage, Natural Disasters and Reconstruction
- Urban and Landscape Heritage
- Heritage Interiors and Moveable and Intangible Heritage
- Property, Construction and Heritage
- Cultural and Historical Heritage Significance
- Indigenous Cultural Heritage
- Cultural Industries, the Arts, Tourism and Heritage
Full details, including instructions on how to apply, can be found here.
Applications for Semester 1 close Wednesday 30 November 2016.
Deakin University’s Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation is pleased to announce a public lecture by Lisa Ackerman, World Monuments Fund’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, 3.30-5.00pm on Wednesday 30 November 2016, at Deakin’s Melbourne Corporate Centre.
Please see the Lisa Ackerman Public Lecture flyer for details, and RSVP to Ms Melathi Saldin by email by 25 November to register your attendance. Numbers will be limited, so we encourage you to do so soon.
To read the latest Cambridge Heritage Research bulletin, click on the following link.
To read the latest news from the Sydney Living Museums, click here.
- Melbourne CBD location
- Contribute to the strategic management of heritage places in Victoria’s parks
- Full time ongoing role
Parks Victoria’s vision is to be a world-class parks service, ensuring healthy parks for healthy people. It is a statutory authority with responsibility for managing an expanding and diverse estate covering more than 4 million hectares, or about 17 per cent, of Victoria.
Parks Victoria is also one of the largest public land heritage managers and manages heritage sites such as Werribee Park and Point Nepean, huts in the Alps and historical mills in central Victoria. This is a rewarding opportunity to contribute to the strategic management of these, and many other places.
For more information and to apply, click here.
Applications close Friday 25 November 2016.
Trethowan Architecture are looking for an architect or related professional with relevant qualifications and experience to be involved in a variety of heritage projects.
If you are interested in the position please email Mark Stephenson at Trethowan Architecture.
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