Australia ICOMOS E-Mail News No. 797

  1. [NEW ITEM] DEADLINE EXTENDED & LIMITED PLACES LEFT: Productive & Evolving Cultural Landscapes & Mount Lofty Ranges World Heritage Bid workshops, South Australia, 3-7 November 2017
  2. [NEW ITEM] National Trust of Australia (QLD) talk, 21 September, Spring Hill
  3. [NEW ITEM] Glass@Melbourne Polytechnic – workshops, a talk and a competition
  4. [NEW ITEM] Haunting Memory and Place: ACAHUCH Annual Symposium, 20-22 September, Melbourne
  5. [NEW ITEM] Information Sessions: Heritage Act 2017 and Living Heritage Grants – October 2017, various locations
  6. [NEW ITEM] Talk on Brisbane Customs House, 19 October, Brisbane
  7. [NEW ITEM] Aboriginal cultural heritage reforms: public consultation open & an invitation to attend public information sessions (NSW)
  8. [NEW ITEM] NSC-ICH workshop, 20 October, Canberra
  9. [NEW ITEM] NSC-ICH Annual Meeting & call for coordinating committee members, 20 October, Canberra
  10. [NEW ITEM] “Sydney’s Émigré Designers”, talk, Sydney, 20 October
  11. [NEW ITEM] Launch of the Sydney Opera House Fourth Edition Conservation Management Plan, 11 October, SOH
  12. [NEW ITEM] WA Heritage Council Heritage Grants Program – applications open
  13. [NEW ITEM] Groundbreaking exhibition showcases sweeping Seven Sisters creation saga – National Museum of Australia media release
  14. [NEW ITEM] Heritage, Tourism and Hospitality conference, Finland, 27-29 September 2017 – MORE updates
  15. [NEW ITEM] Sustainable Integrated Cities conference, 4-5 December 2017, Perth – early bird deadline approaching
  16. [NEW ITEM] REMINDER – Call for applications: 2018-2019 Getty Residential Grants
  17. [NEW ISSUE] Heritage Council of WA eNewsletter out now
  18.  Australia ICOMOS / DOCOMOMO / AIA NSW Chapter Sydney Talk Series, 21 September
  19. Citizen Heritage: Fishermans Bend Workshop, Sunday 17 September
  20.  Cosmopolitan Conservationists talk, Sydney, 20 September
  21.  AACAI NSW/ACT Wine & Cheese night, 21 September, Sydney
  22.  WA History Council 2017 Lecture, Perth, 21 September
  23. Deakin University Master of Cultural Heritage DUAL AWARD with Master of World Heritage at Brandenburg Technical University, Cottbus, Germany – APPLY NOW
  24. #Vacant Geelong Symposium, 22 September, National Wool Museum, Geelong
  25. Deakin University Cultural Heritage Seminar, Melbourne, Wednesday 27 September
  26. Historic Environment goes to Delhi!
  27. The Architectural Review New into Old Awards – applications open
  28. ICOFORT Rio 2017, 6-8 November 2017, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – call for abstracts
  29. Conference on the Inclusive Museum, 6-8 September 2018, Spain – call for papers
  30. CHNT 2017, Vienna, Austria, 8-10 November 2017 – program online & Young Scientists Award
  31. [NEW] SITUATION VACANT Planning & Heritage Policy Officer, Sydney Opera House
  32. [NEW] SITUATIONS VACANT Heritage Assessment Officer (x 2), Heritage Tasmania
  33. TENDER OPPORTUNITY Wadjemup Aboriginal Burial Ground Project


1. [NEW ITEM] DEADLINE EXTENDED & LIMITED PLACES LEFT: Productive & Evolving Cultural Landscapes & Mount Lofty Ranges World Heritage Bid workshops, South Australia, 3-7 November 2017

The Australia ICOMOS National Scientific Committee on Cultural Landscapes & Cultural Routes
in conjunction with the Mount Lofty Ranges World Heritage Bid invite you to a weekend of workshops

Productive & Evolving Cultural Landscapes
managing threats and accommodating change

Exploring the challenges and complexities of managing change and conflict across large cultural landscapes under threat. The Mount Lofty Ranges and Adelaide Park Lands will provide the case studies, and Historic Urban Landscape management practice may provide some clues.

The cultural landscapes workshop will be taking place at the Jacob’s Creek Heritage Vineyard, Jacob Road, Rowland Flat, South Australia.

McLaren Vale Extended Program – Mount Lofty Ranges World Heritage Bid Workshop

Those who are staying on for the Mount Lofty Ranges World Heritage Bid two-day workshop will be transferred by bus to McLaren Vale on the Sunday evening. Please note that the arrangements for this part of the event are to be confirmed.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER – make sure to register early as places for both events are limited.

The final deadline for registrations has been extended to MIDNIGHT Monday 18 September. Please make sure to complete a separate registration for accompanying persons.

More information about both events and the registration options are outlined the Productive & Evolving Cultural Landscapes flyer.


2. [NEW ITEM] National Trust of Australia (QLD) talk, 21 September, Spring Hill

The National Trust of Australia (QLD) invites you to their first talk in a new series of talks.

The Inaugural evening event, sponsored by Extent Heritage, is titled “Finding the Room to Breathe: Managing the ‘Setting’ of Heritage Places in our Crowded and Expanding Cities”. This is a pertinent issue in SE QLD that our speakers will explore and offer advice on how to balance development and heritage settings.

Thursday 21 September 2017, 5pm for a 5.45pm start
The United Services Club, 183 Wickham Terrace, Spring Hill

The evening includes drinks, canapes, three talks and an optional tour of the venue. The United Services Club is usually only open to members and their guests – so this is a rare opportunity to look behind the doors and discover this beautiful building.

Bookings are essential – see the TrustTalks_Heritage Settings flyer for further details, visit the National Trust of Australia (QLD) website or email your RSVP to the NT (QLD).


3. [NEW ITEM] Glass@Melbourne Polytechnic – workshops, a talk and a competition

Special Offer on Workshops for 16 and 23 September:

  • Leadlight Workshop with Leigh Schellekens, Saturday 16 September, 9am to 12 noon
  • Engraving/Scribing Workshop with Kirsten Laken, Saturday 23 September 9am to noon

Talk on Conservation of Stained Glass – Presented by Gavin Merrington, Original Stained Glass Tasmania – Saturday 16 September at 2pm

Glass Photo Competition



4. [NEW ITEM] Haunting Memory and Place: ACAHUCH Annual Symposium, 20-22 September, Melbourne

When: 20-22 September
Where: Melbourne School of Design Building and Arts West Building, University of Melbourne

The Australian Centre for Architectural History, Urban and Cultural Heritage (ACAHUCH), based within the Melbourne School of Design at the University of Melbourne, is soon hosting its annual symposium. As part of this event ACAHUCH is hosting a series of free public events to explore the themes of the symposium:

Megalomania: Wednesday 20 September, 5:30-6:30pm, MSD Building Atrium – Urbanist, Artist and Architect Dan Dubowitz will introduced two of his projects on display in the MSD atrium. Fascismo Abbandonato (Fascism in Ruins): Mussolini’s program of Fascist holiday camps for the militarisation of childhood that can be found in ruins along Italy’s beaches; and Fordlandia, Henry Ford’s Lost City in the Amazon Jungle. >>Book now

Twenty Years of Thinking About Traumascapes: Thursday 21 September, 12:00-1:00pm, Japanese Room, MSD Building – Maria Tumarkin will look back over the last twenty years of her research into ‘traumascapes’, physical sites that connect trauma and lived experience of places. >>Book now

Haunting Memory and Place: An Indigenous Perspective: Thursday 21 September, 6:00-7:30pm, Forum Theatre, Arts West Building – Join a panel of Indigenous architects, artists, academics and heritage professionals as they explore the main themes of the ACAHUCH annual symposium ‘Haunting, Memory and Place’. Chair Jefa Greenaway will be joined by Genevieve Grieves (University of Melbourne), Michael Hromek (University of Technology Sydney) and Maddison Miller (Heritage Victoria). >>Book now

Lost Futures: Friday 22 September 11:30am-12:30pm, Japanese Room & Atrium, MSD Building – Dan Dubowitz will introduce his project ‘Fascismo Abbandonato’, on display in the atrium of the MSD Building, and explore the challenges of Mussolini’s Fascist holiday camps and other megalomaniacal masterplans present to the societies who inherit them. >>Book here

There are still a limited number of tickets available for each event – further information can be found at the ACAHUCH webpage or Facebook page.


5. [NEW ITEM] Information Sessions: Heritage Act 2017 and Living Heritage Grants – October 2017, various locations

The Heritage Act 2017 commences operation on 1 November 2017 and introduces new streamlined processes and enforcement tools to ensure Victoria’s significant heritage places and objects are appropriately protected into the future.

The Victorian Government is also providing grant funding through the Living Heritage grants program, to protect heritage places and objects included in the Victoria Heritage Register that are considered to be ‘at risk’. The program has delivered two funding rounds to date and is supporting the conservation and activation of a diverse range of heritage places and objects across Victoria.

Information session are being run to assist stakeholders and members of the public to understand what changes are being introduced through the Heritage Act 2017 and what opportunities there are to apply for future heritage grant funding.

Presenters will include representatives from both Heritage Victoria and the Heritage Council of Victoria.

The sessions will run as below and participants must RSVP to secure a place – RSVP to the Heritage Act Review Team by email in accordance with the dates below stating your name, any organisation that you represent and the total number of places being reserved.

If there are particular aspects of either the new Heritage Act or the Living Heritage Grants program that you would like to see addressed in the presentations, you are welcome to highlight these in your RSVP.

Melbourne: 16 October 2017, 10:30-12:30 am
College of Surgeons, 250-290 Spring Street, East Melbourne
RSVP by: 12 October 2017

Bendigo: 18 October 2017, 1:00-3:00 pm
La Trobe Art Institute, 121 View Street, Bendigo
RSVP by: 13 October 2017

Geelong: 23 October 2017, 10:30-12:30 am
Library – Wurdi Youang South Room, 51 Little Malop Street, Geelong
RSVP by: 19 October 2017


6. [NEW ITEM] Talk on Brisbane Customs House, 19 October, Brisbane

Australia ICOMOS invites you to a talk on Brisbane Customs House

Since 1994, the former Brisbane Customs House has been the city presence of the University of Queensland. Dr Robert Riddel will talk about how this city landmark was conserved and adapted for its new use as well as the ongoing management of the venue’s heritage values.

Dr Robert Riddel was the Founding Director of Riddel Architecture before his practice joined with Conrad Gargett Architecture. He is now a Principal of Conrad Gargett with expertise in contemporary design, the adaptive reuse of existing buildings and heritage conservation. Robert has taught history and tutored in design studios at QUT and University of Queensland. He completed his PhD (2008) in architectural history at The University of Queensland where he is currently an Adjunct Professor. He has authored Conservation Management Plans for Australian Parliament House and the Queensland Cultural Centre, Southbank. Robert has been a member of Brisbane City Council’s Independent Design Advisory Panel, the AIA National Heritage Taskforce, is a former Queensland Heritage Council Member and is currently a member of the Minister’s Heritage Working Group.

When: 19 October, 5.45 access for a 6pm start
Where: Conrad Gargett Offices, 26th floor, 240 Queen St (access via Queen street lifts)

This is a free event, and will include drinks and nibbles following the talk.

There is also an open invitation for us to have dinner together in the Brasserie at Customs House (at your own expense).

Please RSVP to Matt Whincop by email by 13 October for catering purposes.


7. [NEW ITEM] Aboriginal cultural heritage reforms: public consultation open & an invitation to attend public information sessions (NSW)

The NSW Government is reforming the way Aboriginal cultural heritage is conserved and managed in New South Wales. We are seeking your feedback to help refine the proposed new legal framework. The three-month consultation period is now open and will run from 11 September to 18 December 2017.

Consultation will consist of a series of public information sessions and workshops to explain and seek feedback on the proposed new framework. You are invited to review information about the reforms proposals and register to attend an information session and workshop in your area.

The Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) website provides a range of materials to assist you to understand the proposed new system and to provide feedback. These materials include:

  • short introductory videos
  • a Proposal Paper
  • Yarn Up Handbook
  • Frequently asked questions

We will also be holding the following public events:

  • information sessions at 19 locations around the state – for people to hear what is being proposed and to ask questions
  • workshops at the same locations a month later – for people to discuss issues and provide feedback on key areas of interest
  • webinars for people that are not able to attend an information session and for regular users of the system

Information about the reforms and how to register for an information session, workshop or webinar can be found on the reforms website. The Aboriginal-cultural-heritage-proposed-legal-framework flyer also identifies the locations, times and dates of these sessions.

If you have any questions, or if there is anything the OEH can do to help you or your organisation to engage during the coming consultation period, please either call 131 555 or email the reforms mailbox.


8. [NEW ITEM] NSC-ICH workshop, 20 October, Canberra

‘Intangible and invisible: recognising intangible cultural heritage in place’ workshop 
Museum of Australian Democracy, Old Parliament House, Canberra
20 October 2017, 1.30 to 5pm

The National Scientific Committee on Intangible Cultural Heritage (NSC-ICH) invites you to come along to this workshop and engage with the challenge of making intangible cultural heritage visible in place-based heritage practice. The workshop will include case studies, each about a specific place and addressing issues such as:

  • contemporary cultural practice: how old does a cultural practice need to be?
  • significant cultural practices – significant heritage places: what is the connection?
  • if cultural practices have ceased: what then?
  • changing a place: how to protect against impacts on cultural practices?

We are looking for case studies for short 10 minute presentations. If you would like to present a case study, or know of a place example to suggest, please email the NSC-ICH.

There will be discussion groups asking: how can we bring ICH into place-based practice? This will help set an agenda for the NSC-ICH and Australia ICOMOS.

The workshop program and registration details will be available soon. For now, please save the date.


9. [NEW ITEM] NSC-ICH Annual Meeting & call for coordinating committee members, 20 October, Canberra

Join the National Scientific Committee on Intangible Cultural Heritage (NSC-ICH) for their annual meeting at 5.15pm, 20 October, straight after their workshop, and find out more about the NSC, nominate for the coordinating committee or a working group, learn how to become a member and more. All welcome.

An agenda and nomination forms for the coordinating committee will be circulated soon. In the meantime, please feel free to contact any of our current coordinating committee members if you’d like to enquire about getting involved with the coordinating committee or contribute to the NSC in any other way. Drop us an email at this address.


10. [NEW ITEM] “Sydney’s Émigré Designers”, talk, Sydney, 20 October

The Twentieth Century Heritage Society of NSW & ACT Inc, in association with The Art Deco & Modernism Society of NSW & ACT Inc, invite you to “Sydney’s Émigré Designers”.

Immigration associated with the mass displacement of Europeans during World War II saw the numbers of Australians of European descent rise from around 1% in the 1930s to more than 10% by the 1960s. The impact of this cultural shift in food and lifestyle is often celebrated. But what about design? Rebecca Hawcroft will reveal the significant numbers of skilled European architects that came to Sydney in the pre and post-war years, their varied careers, the obstacles they faced and the impact they had on bringing modern design to Sydney. Catriona Quinn will look at the furniture in terms of the wider modernist designers working in that period.  

Date: Friday 20 October
Time: 6:15 for 6:30pm SHARP
Venue: Auditorium at the rear of “Tusculum”, 3 Manning Street, Potts Point
Cost: C20th / Art Deco & Modernism / AIA Members: $20 pp; Non Members: $25 pp; Senior/Student/Disability & Disadvantaged concessions $15 pp (please provide details)

For more information and booking options, see the ‘Sydney’s Émigré Designers’ flyer.


11. [NEW ITEM] Launch of the Sydney Opera House Fourth Edition Conservation Management Plan, 11 October, SOH


The Sydney Opera House and Australia ICOMOS invite you to attend a briefing about the Sydney Opera House’s Fourth Edition Conservation Management Plan (CMP), titled Respecting the Vision: Sydney Opera House – A Conservation Management Plan.

Architect, heritage specialist and author of the CMP, Alan Croker, will talk about the development process for the Fourth Edition CMP and how it builds on the Third Edition (2003) by the late James Semple Kerr. He will also provide an overview of the structure of the document, including summary of significance, significance rankings, conservation policies and Tolerance and Opportunities for Change tables, which are an important tool in the new CMP.

When: Wednesday 11 October, 5.30 – 7.00pm
Where: Utzon Room, Sydney Opera House
RSVP: by Friday 29 September to Lily Black, Planning and Heritage Coordinator by email


12. [NEW ITEM] WA Heritage Council Heritage Grants Program – applications open

The Heritage Grants Program is now open for applications. Applications close at 12pm, Tuesday 31 October 2017. Late applications will not be accepted.

About the Heritage Grants Program

The Heritage Council’s annual Heritage Grants Program offers assistance to private owners of State Registered heritage places to undertake urgent conservation works, or develop conservation management plans or strategies. Grants of up to $100,000 are available through a competitive process and owners are required to match funds to the projects.

For more information and to apply, visit the WA Heritage Council website.


13. [NEW ITEM] Groundbreaking exhibition showcases sweeping Seven Sisters creation saga – National Museum of Australia media release

Australia ICOMOS is committed to the dissemination of relevant cultural heritage information. In line with this commitment we are circulating the following media release from the National Museum of Australia, dated 14 September 2017.

An ancient creation saga featuring a dramatic chase across the Australian deserts is at the heart of the groundbreaking exhibition Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters, which opens at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra tomorrow.

A world first in scale and complexity, Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters showcases sections of five Indigenous Western and Central Desert songlines, utilising some 100 paintings and photographs, objects, songs, dance and multimedia to narrate the story of the Seven Sisters, as they traverse the continent from west to east, through three states, three deserts and across some 500,000 square kilometres.

The exhibition features the world’s highest resolution six-metre-wide travelling DomeLab under which visitors will be immersed in images of Seven Sisters rock art from the remote Cave Hill site in South Australia; animated art works; the transit of the Orion constellation and the Pleiades star cluster.

By standing beneath the Dome visitors will be transported to Seven Sisters sites. By following the trail of stunning art and installations, visitors will effectively ‘walk’ the songlines – which are both complex spiritual pathways and vehicles for naming and locating water holes and food, critical for survival.

The project was initiated by Indigenous elders who set out to preserve the stories for future generations and to promote understanding of songlines among all Australians.

‘I am immensely proud of Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters, which is the culmination of more than five years of collaboration between Indigenous communities and the National Museum – nothing of this scale has been attempted before,’ said National Museum director, Dr Mathew Trinca.

Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters traverses three Indigenous lands – APY (Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara); Ngaanyatjarra and Martu.

‘Songlines are a cross-cultural term, a passport to the deep knowledge embedded in the land which we now all share. They are our foundational stories about the creation of this continent and critical to the sense of belonging for all Australians,’ said National Museum lead Indigenous curator, Margo Neale.

Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters portrays the drama of creation, desire, flight and survival by telling the story of a journey made by a group of female Ancestral beings who are pursued by a powerful mythological, shape-shifting figure.

Since 2012, Museum curators – led by an Indigenous Community Curatorium – have gone on-country to track the Seven Sisters songlines. Along the way, Indigenous cultural custodians of the stories have produced art works that tell their aspects of the tale – many of these pieces will go into the Museum’s National Historical Collection. As a result of this project, research material collected by National Museum curators has been provided for upload into the Aboriginal-managed digital archive, Ara Irititja, in Alice Springs.

For more information about this exhibition, click here.


14. [NEW ITEM] Heritage, Tourism and Hospitality conference, Finland, 27-29 September 2017 – MORE updates

The Heritage, Tourism and Hospitality conferences bring together researchers, policy makers, and professionals to address the question “how can tourism destinations succeed in attracting tourists while simultaneously engaging all stakeholders in contributing to the preservation of natural and cultural heritage?”

Special attention will be given to the close connections between tourism, the protection of natural heritage and water resources, and the management of cultural heritage in coastal and fluvial landscapes.

Click here for the latest conference updates


15. [NEW ITEM] Sustainable Integrated Cities conference, 4-5 December 2017, Perth – early bird deadline approaching

Sustainable Integrated Cities – Integrated Thinking about Sustainable Cities and Communities
4-5 December 2017
Perth, Australia

The Curtin University Sustainability Policy (CUSP) Institute is hosting the annual conference of the International Centre for Integrated Urban Planning and Transport (ICIUPT).

This is an ‘inclusive’ international conference, with presenters and participants including NGOs, community projects, advocacy groups, as well as architects, urban planners, engineers, academics, private and government policy makers and those who would like to know why sustainable is now the key driver of innovation.

We welcome you to be part of this conference and share your experience, research and vision for the sustainability of our cities and communities.

Registration savings

Register today to secure your registration at the early bird discounted rate. Early bird registration is only available until 2 October.

ANOTHER OFFER only available until 15 September – Register four delegates and get the fifth free of charge is also available for registrations of five or more delegates made and paid for in a single transaction!

For more information, visit the conference website.


16. [NEW ITEM] REMINDER – Call for applications: 2018-2019 Getty Residential Grants

The Getty Research Institute and the Getty Villa invite proposals for the 2018–2019 academic year.

Deadline: 2 October 2017

Monumentality (Research Institute)

The 2018–2019 academic year at the Getty Research Institute will be devoted to MONUMENTALITY. Monuments and the monumental address fundamental questions of art and architectural history such as size and scale. Applicants are encouraged to address monumentality in all of its distinct forms, as embodied by various cultures and powers throughout history. Research trajectories to consider include the role of monumentality as a tool for nation-building, the subversive potential of monument-making, and the monumental in buildings, sculptures, installations, murals, and even small-scale objects.

The Classical World in Context: Persia (Villa)

For a second year, the 2018-2019 term of the Getty Scholars Program at the Villa will address the political, intellectual, religious, and artistic relations between Persia, Greece, and Rome from the ninth century BC to AD 651. The Greeks viewed the Persian Empire, which reached from the borders of Greece to India, as a vastly wealthy and powerful rival and often as an existential threat. When the Macedonian king Alexander the Great finally defeated the Persians in 331 BC, Greek culture spread throughout the Near East, but native dynasties—first the Parthian (247 BC–AD 224) and then the Sasanian (AD 224–651)—soon re-established themselves. 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. 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 click here.

Please address inquiries to the Getty Research Grants Team by email.


17. [NEW ISSUE] Heritage Council of WA eNewsletter out now

Read the latest edition of the Heritage Council’s eNewsletter, Heritage Matters.


18. Australia ICOMOS / DOCOMOMO / AIA NSW Chapter Sydney Talk Series, 21 September

Explorations in Cultural Landscapes through the lens of Macquarie University
Presented by Hector Abrahams

The notion of cultural landscape is well recognised for its ability to enable discussion about non-physical, intangible values. Planning principles are intangibles critical to the architecture of the mid-20th century period.

Macquarie University is highly regarded for its brutalist buildings and modern landscape. However, its most significant architectural attribute is arguably the master planning of the site. Planning of Macquarie University was not based on the traditionally understood model of public space but rather the innovative concept of shared space, reflecting the radically different pedagogical approach of the newly established university.

This talk by Hector Abrahams explores the relationship between what was built and the values of the university. It will include a virtual tour of the buildings and a short interview with Bob Meyer, who was the assistant to the university planner, Walter Abraham, between 1966-1969. Dr Cameron Logan (Director of Heritage at The University of Sydney) will speak briefly on a current ARC (Australian Research Council) research project on the post-war university campuses in Australia.

Hector has worked as an architect specialising in conservation and heritage since he graduated from the University of Sydney in the mid-1980s. He has always had an interest in cultural landscape, although it didn’t have a name when he was an undergraduate. He is the chair of the AIA NSW Chapter Heritage Committee.


Time & Date: Thursday 21 September 2017, 5.30pm for 6.00pm sharp
Cost: Students $5, Members $10, non-members $15 all payable at the door in cash
Venue: URBIS, Tower 2, Level 23, Darling Park, 201 Sussex St, Sydney
RSVP: by Monday 18 August 2017 via email to Jane Vernon. Bookings are essential as places are limited



19. Citizen Heritage: Fishermans Bend Workshop, Sunday 17 September

Fishermans Bend is an area in transition. Traditionally an industrial precinct, it is now the focus of unprecedented development pressures, and will be Australia’s largest urban redevelopment project. With rapid changes proposed, its heritage and historical stories are in danger of being lost. To explore how simple digital mobile technology tools might be used to help retain cultural memory and heritage value, we are running a Fishermans Bend Citizen Heritage workshop to map the diverse cultural heritage of the area. The project is a partnership between the National Trust of Australia (Victoria), the Citizen Heritage project team, local history groups and the local community. Using a citizen science methodology, participants will collect and analyze historical material to help build a rich description of the heritage values of the area.

The project will be run as a free full day workshop on Sunday 17 September, and participants are invited to come and help and to explore the area. The workshop will include talks on the history of Fishermans Bend, along with presentations on the value of citizen heritage and its role in documenting history and heritage. The main focus of the day will be a self-guided walk through Fishermans Bend to record the history of key sites through photos, oral history, and writing. The data will be collected using the PastPort website, developed specifically by a project being run at the University of Melbourne and Deakin University, to document Port Melbourne’s history.

Book online now


20. Cosmopolitan Conservationists talk, Sydney, 20 September

Teacher and writer Janine Kitson will present short profiles on two conservation pioneers in Sydney, from Peggy James’ 2013 book, Cosmopolitan Conservationists: Greening Modern Sydney.

  • Annie Wyatt: ‘mother’ of the National Trust of Australia (NSW) in 1945, lover of trees and bushland and of colonial houses
  • David Stead: founder of the Wildlife Preservation Society in 1909, marine scientist (and later husband of Thistle Stead, another pioneer of native plant gardening)

Date & time: Wednesday 20 September, 6pm for 7pm – 8.30pm
Venue: Annie Wyatt Room, National Trust Centre, Observatory Hill
Cost: Members $20, guests $30, students $5, includes light refreshments. Bookings essential.
Online Bookings – click here

For more information and other booking options, read the AGHS Cosmopolitan Conservationists talk flyer. Presented by the Australian Garden History Society.


21. AACAI NSW/ACT Wine & Cheese night, 21 September, Sydney

The Australian Association of Consulting Archaeologists Inc NSW/ACT invites you and anyone you’d like to bring to an evening on Archaeobotany in Sydney on Thursday 21 September.

Download the AACAI Archaeobotany W&C flyer for all the details including abstracts for our exciting guest speakers’ presentations.


22. WA History Council 2017 Lecture, Perth, 21 September

This year’s History Council of Western Australia Lecture will be given by Professor Ann Curthoys and Dr Shino Konishi on the 1967 Referendum. They will share memories of the Freedom Rides of the 1960s leading up to the Referendum and Aboriginal memories of the Referendum.

Thursday 21 September 2017, 5.30 pm
Great Southern Room, 4th Floor, Alexander Library Building, Perth Cultural Centre

More details are available in the WA History Council Lecture 2017 flyer.


23. Deakin University Master of Cultural Heritage DUAL AWARD with Master of World Heritage at Brandenburg Technical University, Cottbus, Germany – APPLY NOW

Applications are now OPEN for 2018 entry to Deakin’s long-standing and internationally recognised post-graduate programs in Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies. We offer flexible learning options at the Melbourne Burwood Campus or online.

We are delighted to offer a unique dual award with our partners at the World Heritage Studies program at BTU-Cottbus in Germany. To join our 4th 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 September 2017. For further information including how to apply, see our blog.


24. #Vacant Geelong Symposium, 22 September, National Wool Museum, Geelong

#Vacant Geelong Symposium
Vacancy and Preservation: the architecture of the post-industrial community
9am-6pm, 22 September 2017
National Wool Museum

This symposium will review, discuss, and understand the creative-practice in the works of Iconic Industry and how these can inform the broader community and those directly involved in the reimagining of Geelong. The Symposium is a major event in the #Vacant Geelong project and an outcome of two years of work on this project, funded by Creative Victoria, the Council of Greater Geelong, the National Wool Museum, and the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment at Deakin. One of the questions discussed will be related to heritage and the place of iconic architecture within the practices of preservation and adaptive-re-use.

For more information and to register for the symposium, see the Vacancy and preservation_symposium summary.

Please note: registration deadline is 5pm, 18 September.


25. Deakin University Cultural Heritage Seminar, Melbourne, Wednesday 27 September

Deakin University’s next Cultural Heritage Seminar will be a presentation by Ali Mozaffari (Deakin University), on “Picturing Pasargadae: Visual Representation and the Ambiguities of Heritage in Iran”.


This paper probes the relationship between visual representations and visitation practices at Pasargadae, a UNESCO World Heritage site in southern Iran. Presenting a systematic analysis of publicly-available, online images of Pasargadae, the paper complicates the relationship between the place and its visual representations. Through analysis, the paper elaborates on a sense of intimacy that, while grounding Pasargadae, is also a potential common ground in pre-Islamic heritage in which the Iranian state and society could at once meet and contest versions of identity. Examining this relationship facilitates reflections into both heritage and the peculiarities of its visual representation in the Iranian context.


Ali Mozaffari is a Research Fellow with the Alfred Deakin Institute, Deakin University, Melbourne and Adjunct Research Fellow at the Australia-Asia-Pacific Institute (AAPI), Curtin University. He is the author of Forming National Identity in Iran: The Idea of Homeland Derived from Ancient Persian and Islamic Imaginations of Place (I.B. Tauris, 2014) and editor of World Heritage in Iran: Perspectives on Pasargadae (Routledge, 2016). Mozaffari’s current trans-disciplinary research is on various aspects of architecture and heritage in contemporary Muslim societies.​

Date: Wednesday 27 September 2017

Time: 5.00pm

Venue: Deakin Downtown, 727 Collins St, Tower 2, Level 12

Venue Tip: Deakin’s new city centre campus is between Southern Cross Station and Docklands, on tram routes 11 and 48 (Stop D15). Entry is via Tower Two. The reception desk directs you to an escalator to a bank of lifts and Deakin Downtown is on Level 12.


26. Historic Environment goes to Delhi!

We are planning an issue of Historic Environment to capture the breadth of the contributions to the ICOMOS 2017 General Assembly’s Scientific Symposium by people from our part of the world. If you are attending the General Assembly, giving a paper/poster/knowledge café at the symposium and would like to be included in this special edition, please email Kristal Buckley.


27. The Architectural Review New into Old Awards – applications open

The Architectural Review (AR) has long championed creative re-use, and the subject has become of significant new interest because of the carbon implications of retrofit rather than replacement.

The AR is looking for projects completed in the last 5 years that have had their life extended by the insertion of new uses rather than demolition and replacement.

International in scope and propositional in outlook, the AR Awards commend and celebrate design excellence and innovation across a range of building types. The AR is at the heart of global architecture and this exciting awards programme seeks out transformative, leading edge projects from around the world.

Entry Deadline: 29 September 2017

For more information, visit the Architectural Review website.


28. ICOFORT Rio 2017, 6-8 November 2017, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – call for abstracts

ICOFORT Rio 2017
International Meeting on Fortifications And Military Heritage
6 – 8 November 2017
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

On behalf of ICOFORT Brazil we are extending you a cordial invitation to participate in the International Meeting of Fortifications and Military Heritage – ICOFORT Rio 2017. The event will aim to discuss experiences and academic research in the areas of management, innovation, memory, conservation and tourist-cultural use of fortifications. Also, a Round Table will take place during the event on the ICOFORT Charter on Fortifications and related heritage; guidelines for protection, conservation and interpretation.

Persons interested in participating should send their abstracts directly to this e-mail address no later than 30 September 2017. Given the short time between this announcement and the event, the final works, which will be part of a publication produced by the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, could be send after the event, until 31 January 2018.

Unfortunately we do not have sufficient financial resources to cover the costs of guests, as we would like. But if any member needs a direct invitation to obtain financial support from your institution, please make the request directly to this OTHER email address – please use this email only for the request of letter of invitation.

The event is been organized by ICOFORT and the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro with support from ICOMOS Brazil, The Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development, Federal University of Pernambuco, Federal University of Santa Catarina, Federal University of Pará and Federal University of Bahia.

The information, registration forms and submission system of abstracts can be found at the conference website.


29. Conference on the Inclusive Museum, 6-8 September 2018, Spain – call for papers

We are pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the Eleventh International Conference on the Inclusive Museum, held 6–8 September 2018 at the University of Granada in Granada, Spain.

Founded in 2008, the International Conference on the Inclusive Museum brings together a community of museum practitioners, researchers, and thinkers. The key question addressed by the conference: How can the institution of the museum become more inclusive? In this time of fundamental social change, what is the role of the museum, both as a creature of that change, and perhaps also as an agent of change?

We invite proposals for paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, posters/exhibits, colloquia, innovation showcases, virtual posters, or virtual lightning talks. The conference features research addressing the annual themes.

Submit your proposal by 6 October 2017

We welcome the submission of proposals to the conference at any time of the year before the final submission deadline. All proposals will be reviewed within two to four weeks of submission.

For more information, visit the conference website.


30. CHNT 2017, Vienna, Austria, 8-10 November 2017 – program online & Young Scientists Award

The 22nd International Conference on Cultural Heritage and New Technologies (CHNT 2017) will take place at the City Hall of Vienna, Austria from 8-10 November 2017.

The main topic of this year: Urban Archaeology and Integration – Combining archaeology, history, and new technologies.

The final program is now online.

Early bird registration is open until 2 October 2017.

This year there will be for the first time a special APP-Award for Young Scientists – the Vienna City Award for Innovative Apps in Cultural Heritage for Young Researchers. This award will be sponsored by the Vienna Municipal Department of Cultural Affairs with a prize of 1000 euro. The award nominations are open until 15 September 2017.

Specific terms and conditions

  • Age under 35
  • Not a commercial product
  • The app should be produced in English
  • The app presenter(s) must be on site
  • The app should be available to interested users in any appropriate form, including from the Play Store and Apple Store – free download is required


31. [NEW] SITUATION VACANT Planning & Heritage Policy Officer, Sydney Opera House

The Sydney Opera House is an iconic Australian institution that embodies beauty, inspiration and the liberating power of art and ideas. Our vision is to be as bold and inspiring as the Opera House itself.

Our mission is twofold:

  • To treasure and renew the Opera House for future generations of artists, audiences and visitors
  • To inspire and strengthen the community, through everything we do

For more information about the Sydney Opera House please refer to our website.


The role provides expert advice in relation to planning and heritage matters affecting Sydney Opera House to meet obligations under relevant planning and heritage policies and legislation.

Further more detailed information about the role and its requirements can be obtained from the role description.


  • Relevant tertiary qualifications and experience in the delivery of construction, conservation or interpretation projects in a multi-disciplinary public venue, museum or heritage environment
  • Knowledge of current heritage conservation principles and practices in Australia, NSW Government Sector policy and standards, as well as the State and Commonwealth legislative environment
  • High level business and commercial acumen complimented with knowledge of contemporary trends in heritage conservation and architecture
  • Demonstrated high-level written and oral communication skills, including the ability to communicate complex policy issues in a clear and consistent manner to a variety of internal and external stakeholders

For more information and to apply, visit the i work for nsw website.

Applications close: 24 September 2017 (11:59 PM)


32. [NEW] SITUATIONS VACANT Heritage Assessment Officer (x 2), Heritage Tasmania

Heritage Tasmania is seeking to fill two vacancies for Heritage Assessment Officers in our Launceston and Hobart offices. The positions will facilitate the identification, understanding and conservation of Tasmania’s historic heritage, with a focus on conducting historical research, coordinating registration processes, and conducting heritage assessments for the Tasmanian Heritage Register in accordance with the Historic Cultural Heritage Act 1995.

Further details can be viewed at this link.

Closing date: Monday 25 September 2017.


33. TENDER OPPORTUNITY Wadjemup Aboriginal Burial Ground Project


Request for Tender – Wadjemup Aboriginal Burial Ground Project

The area now known as the Wadjemup (Rottnest Island) Aboriginal Burial Ground is a very significant place for the Aboriginal people of Western Australia. The site contains the remains of Aboriginal men and boys incarcerated on Rottnest Island during the Island’s use as an Aboriginal prion from 1838-1904, and subsequent forced labour camp for Aboriginal prisoners during the years following until 1931.

It is estimated that at least 370 of the approximately 4,000 men and boys who were imprisoned on the Island are buried at this site in unmarked graves.

In 2005-06, the Rottnest Island Authority (RIA) engaged a consultant to meet with Aboriginal community representatives throughout the Western Australian to determine how the community would like to see the burial ground recognised and conserved. From this consultation process a Concept Plan was developed that informs a three-phase conservation project.

Phase One, implemented in 2015, involved the removal of intrusive infrastructure; construction of a pathway around the perimeter and basic interpretation at the main entrance.

Phase Two will involve consultation with the Aboriginal community, development of a cohesive landscape and interpretation design and implementation of the works.

The Rottnest Foundation advertised a Request for Tender for the first part of Phase Two in The West Australian newspaper on 9 September 2017 and on their website. Details of who to contact for more information will be included in these advertisements.

Phase Three (yet to be funded) will involve commissioning Western Australian Aboriginal artists to design artworks that will be installed at the Burial Ground to represent the Aboriginal men and boys that lie buried at the site.


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