Australia ICOMOS E-Mail News No. 823


  1. [NEW ITEM] Maritime Rock Art Symposium, National Museum of Australia, Saturday 14 April
  2. [NEW ITEM] Churchill Fellowship applications closing soon
  3. [NEW ITEM] Streetwise Design – successful Sydney book launch and opportunity to purchase the book 
  4. [NEW ITEM] PALRC – new scholarship round now open
  5. [NEW ITEM] NSW Heritage Forum 2018, 16-18 May, Sydney
  6. [NEW ITEM] Autopia: the Car and the Modern City conference – call for papers
  7. [NEW ITEM] Inner West Built Environment Awards, 5 May, Sydney
  8. [NEW ITEM] Nature-Culture Linkages in Heritage Conservation in Asia and the Pacific – 2018 workshop open for applications
  9. [NEW ISSUE] Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) bulletin available online










1. [NEW ITEM] Maritime Rock Art Symposium, National Museum of Australia, Saturday 14 April

An inaugural, joint free event between the Australasian Society for Historical Archaeology and the Canberra Archaeological Society will be held at the beginning of the 2018 Canberra and Region Heritage Festival.  

The symposium will comprise a series of fascinating, illustrated presentations and stories by rock art experts and other archaeologists describing investigations into a range of depictions, found across Australia, of European and other sea craft encountered by Aboriginal Australians. This will be followed by a Q&A panel.

For more information see the Maritime Rock Art symposium programme.

Bookings can be made at this link.


2. [NEW ITEM] Churchill Fellowship applications closing soon

A Churchill Fellowship can offer you (as an Australian citizen) the remarkable opportunity to travel overseas to investigate a topic or an issue that you are passionate about.

It is for anyone who has exhausted alternatives within Australia and would like to see what other countries are doing successfully in a similar space to inspire new ideas, innovation, and excellence.

The high international regard for Churchill Fellowships provides a pathway for Churchill Fellows to access expertise from around the world that is not typically available to everyone, expanding your knowledge and experience for the benefit of Australian society.

There is a high level of visibility and credibility associated with being a Churchill Fellow.

No prescribed qualifications are required in order to apply for a Churchill Fellowship, however, the Fellowship is NOT designed to enable applicants to complete tertiary qualifications.

The subject of your proposed project is limitless provided a benefit to Australia is evident and a willingness to share the knowledge gained with Australia is displayed. 

100 Fellowships are available for award in 2018.

Applications close 27 April 2018. For more information go to Churchill Fellowship website.


3. [NEW ITEM] Streetwise Design – successful Sydney book launch and opportunity to purchase the book 

Thanks to all those who attended the Streetwise Design book launch on Monday night at URBIS Sydney office. This event launched a new publication by Elizabeth Vines titled Streetwise Design – A Practical Guide for New Development and Adaptive Reuse in Asian Liveable Heritage Cities, published by Think City in Penang Malaysia.

For those Sydneysiders who could not attend and wish to purchase a copy of the book ($25) without added postage costs, these will be available at the 2018 Jim Kerr Address, on 18 April, at the Sydney Opera House. Lynette Gurr from URBIS has 12 x copies for sale, and will bring these to that event (or they can be collected from the URBIS Sydney office). Please email Liz Vines if you wish to purchase a book to collect at this event. (Or have the book posted to you).

A reminder that all book proceeds go to the Streetwise Asia Fund via Australind Childrens Fund for a school building project in India. Please also note the book is to be launched in Melbourne next Thursday 19 April – see separate item in this e-news, which also provides more information about the book contents.  

A huge thanks to URBIS Sydney for hosting this event.


4. [NEW ITEM] PALRC – new scholarship round now open

PALRC (Protected Areas Learning and Research Collaboration) is proud to launch the new round of scholarships for students undertaking study in 2018.

Applications for this round close 30 April 2018.

Apply now via this link.

The PALRC scholarship program aims to support professional development, exchange of knowledge and experience, networking and collaboration to further our recipients’ career paths in protected areas managements.

The PALRC Scholarship program seeks capable, high-achieving students and/or emerging leaders in Australia, Asia and the Pacific who have a career ambition to advance the protection, sound governance and effective management of protected areas in their country/region, and especially those who would not otherwise have an opportunity to attend such a course. We also seek applicants who can demonstrate productive engagement with indigenous and/or local communities associated with protected areas.

In its first year of funding, PALRC provided scholarships to students across Australia, Asia and the Pacific including students from the Philippines, Kiribati, Madagascar and the Solomon Islands. As far as possible, PALRC will seek to offer scholarships over time to a spread of recipients across the regions and with equality of opportunity for all.

PALRC would like to thank its key partners in this scholarship program: the Tasmanian Land Conservancy, the University of Tasmania, Murdoch University, Charles Darwin University, Charles Sturt University, the Blue Mountains World Heritage Institute and Conservation Management. We would also like to thank private donors whose support has made this educational program possible and NRMjobs for its support.

For any program enquiries, please contact PALRC by email.


5. [NEW ITEM] NSW Heritage Forum 2018, 16-18 May, Sydney

Registration for the NSW Heritage Forum 2018 is now open.

The NSW Heritage Forum is a three-day industry event hosted by the Heritage Division and sponsored by the Heritage Council of NSW (HCNSW).

The forum is series of workshops and training sessions designed to enhance best practice for heritage advisors, local government planners and managers, heritage consultants, state government asset managers / heritage officers, architects and planners.

The brief program is available on the NSW OEH website.

Tickets can be purchased via this link.

If you have any inquiries please feel free to contact the NSW OEH team via email.


6. [NEW ITEM] Autopia: the Car and the Modern City conference – call for papers

Autopia: the Car and the Modern City
AHA Annual Conference 2018
Melbourne School of Design, University of Melbourne
11-12 August 2018

The call for papers for the third annual conference of Automotive Historians Australia (AHA) – Autopia: the car and the modern city – is open. Hosted by Australian Centre for Architectural History, Urban and Cultural Heritage (ACAHUCH) and Melbourne School of Design at University of Melbourne, we invite papers that consider the impact of the automobile on all aspects of urban life.

Conference themes include, but are not confined to:

  • The politics of urban planning
  • Legislating for automobile use; public versus private transport; vested interests
  • Infrastructure
  • Road, bridges, freeways, parking, racing tracks, signage
  • Design
  • Automotive design for the city
  • Promotion
  • Advertising, car shows, maps, branding
  • New urban typologies
  • Garages, drive-in buildings, motels, shopping centres
  • Roadside amenities
  • RACV and other membership organisations
  • Culture
  • Art, photography, cinema

Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be submitted to the organising committee by Friday 18 May 2018.

For more details, please download the call for papers.


7. [NEW ITEM] Inner West Built Environment Awards, 5 May, Sydney

The Built Environment Awards are three separate programs that contribute to and celebrate our understating of the inner west’s built heritage and sustainable practices and includes the Marrickville Medal for Conservation, Sustainable Building Awards and Urban Photography Competition.

The Marrickville Medal for Conservation has been awarded annually since 1995 and was one of the first of its kind in New South Wales. It celebrates built conservation works that contribute to the understanding and preservation of the Inner West’s rich cultural and architectural heritage.

The Sustainable Build Award recognises the contribution sustainable architecture and building works make to our community while the Urban Photography Competition encourages residents to engage with the Inner West Council urban landscape.

The Build Environment Awards will be hosted on Saturday, 5 May 2018 from 2pm – 4pm at the Kirkbride Theatre, Sydney College of the Arts, Balmain Road, Lilyfield.

Special Guest speaker will be Elizabeth Farrelly.

Free Event. Refreshments will be served.

RSVP to this event by email by Monday 30 April.

Download the Inner West BEA 2018 flyer.



8. [NEW ITEM] Nature-Culture Linkages in Heritage Conservation in Asia and the Pacific – 2018 workshop open for applications

The UNESCO Chair on Nature-Culture Linkages at the University of Tsukuba is continuing the series of workshops on Nature-Culture Linkages in Heritage Conservation in Asia and the Pacific (CBWNCL), in cooperation with the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, IUCN, ICCROM and ICOMOS. After their successful workshops on Agricultural Landscapes (2016) and Sacred Landscapes (2017), this year they will work on Disasters and Resilience. 

Dates: 21 September – 1 October 2018
Place: University of Tsukuba, Japan

For more information, visit the workshop website.

Application deadline: 7 May 2018.


9. [NEW ITEM] Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) bulletin available online

To view the latest issue of the GCI bulletin, click here.




Call for EOIs from young members to join as associate members of the Australia ICOMOS Fabric Conservation Reference Group (FCRG)

Australia ICOMOS is particularly interested in involving young and early career professionals in its activities, working groups, International Scientific Committees and Executive Committee.

The FCRG provides advice on the conservation of heritage fabric in accordance with the Australia ICOMOS Burra Charter including maintenance, preservation, restoration, reconstruction and adaptation, and promotes skills development in fabric conservation practice.

The FCRG would like to involve up to five young Australia ICOMOS members (or potential members) from across Australia in the work of the Group. Activities may include assistance with: promoting initiatives in fabric conservation; editing and illustrating practice notes; running workshops; and/or managing the Heroes of Traditional Trades Photographic Competition.

In the first instance please send an email to Mary Knaggs, Coordinator of the FCRG stating why you would like to be involved and attaching your CV. For enquiries call Mary on 0427 502 042.

The deadline for EOIs is Friday 20 April.




2018 Jim Kerr Address, 18 April, Sydney Opera House – registrations open

The 2018 Jim Kerr Address
18 April 2018, 5pm

Utzon Room, Sydney Opera House

The 2018 speaker will be Professional Historian Dr Lisa Murray.

Lisa’s talk is titled Monuments and Memories: re-assessing colonial imperialism

Public monuments and memorials have been a vital form of commemoration that have shaped our collective memory and understanding of history for generations. Monuments have been erected by governments and institutions, private citizens through public subscriptions, and by individuals. They function to reinforce power and privilege, shaping public narratives. Memorials help people to remember, but at the same time they also assist in the art of forgetting. The meaning and social values of monuments are never static. Monuments take on layers of meaning through interpretation, cultural practices, re-inscribing and protest. The broadening of historiography in the late 20th century has allowed many groups of people to challenge the dominant colonial imperial narratives and to add other voices to the historical dialogue.

This lecture will reflect upon how the social values of monuments evolve and the challenges in addressing conflicting memories, both European and Aboriginal social values, in our public monuments.

The Speaker: Dr Lisa Murray is a Professional Historian. With over 15 years of experience in the field of public history, Lisa is passionate about making history accessible to the public. Lisa is the award-winning author of planning histories and a regular contributor to debates around public history, including being a speaker at TEDxSydney in 2013. Her most recent books are Sydney Cemeteries: A Field Guide (NewSouth Publishing, 2016), which won a National Trust Heritage Award, and Our City: 175 Years in 175 Objects, an expansive catalogue that accompanied an anniversary exhibition at Sydney Town Hall in 2017. Lisa is currently writing a history of Australian Cemeteries, to be published by the National Library of Australia. Other research interests include history in the digital age; sensory urbanism; history and creative practice; landscapes and memory; the Dictionary of Sydney; Sydney music; and Sydney cookery books.

* Australia ICOMOS members: $30
* Non-members: $40
* Full-time students, unemployed & individuals under 30 yrs: $20

Download the Jim Kerr Address 2018 flyer.

>> Register Now


Australian Heritage Festival Launch on the International Day for Monuments and Sites, 18 April, Brisbane

Unconventional Heritage: Archaeology & Acoustics – how places and music can tell the story of our city

The National Trust of Australia, in conjunction with the Department of Environment and Science and Australia ICOMOS, invites you to celebrate Queensland’s rich heritage with the launch of Australia’s Annual Heritage Festival!

The event will feature Archaeologist Dr Jon Pragnell and Musician and Historian Dr John Willsteed.

The 18th April marks the start of the Australian Heritage Festival and is also the International Day of Monuments and Sites. The National Trust of Australia (Queensland) is proud to collaborate with two premier heritage organisations to bring you an evening of entertainment and inspiring talks in the birthplace of modern Brisbane.

Date and Time
Wed. 18 April 2018
5:00 pm – 7:30 pm AEST

Spring Hill Reservoir
230 Wickham Terrace
Spring Hill, QLD 4000

This event is free of charge but please register online – you will also find out more information at this link!


Streetwise Design book launch, 19 April, Melbourne

VICOMITES and Friends

To commemorate the ICOMOS International Day for Monuments and Sites (18 April), a book launch and ICOMOS drinks are being held at the Japanese Room, Melbourne School of Design (University of Melbourne) at 6pm on 19 April. The event is sponsored by Lovell Chen Architects & Heritage Consultants.

Streetwise Design – A Practical Guide for New Development and Adaptive Reuse in Asian Liveable Heritage Cities, published by Think City (Malaysia), is the third and final book in a series of Streetwise books by Australian conservation architect, Elizabeth Vines. It provides practical design advice for local communities, which are challenged by the need for new, appropriate infill development and adaptive reuse of existing heritage buildings. While the book focuses on the Asian context, it outlines principles that are applicable worldwide, and is comprehensively illustrated in colour by international and Australian examples.

For more information, see the Streetwise Design Melbourne book launch flyer.

RSVP by Thursday 16 April to Adam Mornement by email.




ASHA Research Tools Workshop 1: Technical & Research Skills, 20 April Sydney

This workshop is being organised by the Australasian Society for Historical Archaeology (ASHA) with the support of Australia ICOMOS and the Heritage Division, Office of Environment and Heritage. The venue is provided courtesy of Property NSW.

Historical documents: maps, plans and images

This session:

  • looks at how and why we do Land Titles research in archaeology
  • involves an online workshop on how to do Land Titles research and its value in understanding archaeological sites
  • provide an understanding historic images and plans
  • look at methods for overlaying maps and plan

Archaeological Research Questions and Assessing Significance

This session considers how we construct archaeological research designs and formulate questions to better understand the archaeological resource. This will include consideration of how these questions fit with assessing archaeological significance within a framework of the 2009 guidelines.

Working in different statutory environments

This session provides an overview of the statutory planning environments that archaeologists work in, in NSW. It will look at assessing heritage and archaeology for State Significant Development and Infrastructure projects including:

  • the role of an archaeological assessment in the Environmental Impact Statement and the approvals process
  • managing risk for your clients (costs, time delays, etc.)
  • archaeological obligations under the NSW Heritage Act 1977

Presenters: Dr Mary Casey, Dr James Flexner, Dr Terry Kass, Dr Siobhan Lavelle, Mr Nicholas Pitt, Ms Kylie Seretis and Dr Iain Stuart

Date: Friday 20 April 2018

Time: 9am to 5pm

ASHA/ ICOMOS Members $110
Student ASHA/ ICOMOS Members $55
Non-member $160
Student Non-Member $80

Location: Big Dig Centre, YHA Cumberland Street, The Rocks, Sydney

>>Further information and bookings

Numbers are limited.


Deakin University Cultural Heritage Seminar, Melbourne, Thursday 26 April

Deakin University’s next Cultural Heritage Seminar will be an ANZAC PANEL SESSION featuring Bart Ziino (Deakin University), Deborah Tout-Smith (Museum Victoria) and Ian Jackson (Shrine of Remembrance).



Title: Recent conflicts veterans share their stories: the Shrine of Remembrance’s Recent Conflicts gallery redevelopment

Abstract: Over the last two years the Shrine of Remembrance has redeveloped its galleries relating to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The project originated in response to feedback from veterans who felt that their stories and experiences were not adequately represented in the Shrine’s exhibition galleries. This started a process of engagement with veterans of recent conflicts, aiming to build bridges between the Shrine as an organisation, those who have experienced war, and the wider community, who have little information available to them about the lived experience of participants in recent conflicts. Telling the story of recent conflicts poses challenges for existing approaches to museum exhibitions and military history. Many recent conflicts veterans feel a sense of disconnection and disengagement from traditional ways of presenting and commemorating Australia’s military past, while still locating themselves within the Australian military tradition. Many are keenly interested in having their stories told but wary of being misrepresented or misunderstood. The Shrine has developed working relationships with veterans to partner with them in telling their stories. In doing so, they are not interested in reiterating tropes of past conflicts or creating a new mythos around their experiences. Rather, they desire a warts-and-all approach that conveys the complexity of their experience, including both the positive and the negative aspects of modern war fighting. They would rather feel understood, than either falsely heroized or pitied. This process of engagement is ongoing. It offers the prospect of genuine benefit both for the well-being of individual veterans and their families, and for a broader and deeper understanding amongst the Australian community of what it means to go to war in the twenty first century.

Dr Ian Jackson was the curator responsible for the post-1945 section of the Shrine’s Galleries of Remembrance, opening in November 2014. He has also curated a series of temporary exhibitions on post-1945 themes including Voices from Afghanistan, and The Soldiers’ XI: Humour, humanity and the psychology of modern conflict. Most recently he has curated the 2017 redevelopment of the Shrine’s Recent Conflicts gallery, and a new temporary exhibition, For Humanity: Medicine in war and peacekeeping since 1945.


Title: Exhibiting the Great War – Academics and Curators Working Together

Abstract: In the years leading up to 2014, museums, publishers and history departments turned their minds to marking the centenary of the Great War. Responses ranged from enthusiasm and years-long publishing and exhibition programmes to fears of a flooded marketplace, Anzac fatigue, and caution about the role of major institutions to represent broader histories than just those of war. Deb Tout-Smith curated Melbourne Museum’s World War I: Love and Sorrow exhibition. Bart Ziino was a member of the exhibition’s advisory panel. While the collaboration was very rewarding for those of us involved, the experience also raised methodological and epistemological questions. Exhibitions result in a very different kind of history than academics are used to: academic historians have the luxury of 6-8000 words to tease out ideas, while curators do the hard graft of making complex historical material accessible using objects and in panels of as few as 50 words, or through immersive, affective/non-textual, embodied experiences. Academic research is often the bedrock of exhibition research, but are academics doing a good enough job for museum (and educational) professionals? How does collaboration across sectors enrich academic and curatorial practice? And what are the institutional, and methodological obstacles or disincentives to this kind of work?

Deborah Tout-Smith is Senior Curator, Home & Community, in the Humanities Department of Museum Victoria. She has curated major exhibitions including World War I: Love & Sorrow (2014), The Melbourne Story (with Liza Dale-Hallett, 2008), Spirit of the Games (2006) and Foundations of Fremantle (1997). Deborah curates Museum Victoria’s Home & Community, Clothing & Textiles, Childhood and Military History collections. Her publications include Melbourne: a City of Stories (Deborah Tout-Smith (ed.), Museum Victoria Press, 2008).

Bart Ziino is Senior Lecturer in History at Deakin University. His major publications include A Distant Grief: Australians, War Graves and the Great War (UWA Press, 2007) and the edited volume Remembering the First World War (Routledge, 2015).

Date: Thursday 26 Arpil 2018

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.


Developing an Exhibition for History Week, MA VIC event, 26 April 2018

Date: Thursday 26 April 2018
Time: 10am-12pm
Venue: Royal Historical Society of Victoria
Cost: MA Members $10, Non-Members $20

Join Kitty Owens, Exhibitions Services Manager at Museums Australia (Victoria), for a crash course in developing a temporary exhibition. Topics will include developing your concept, exhibition planning documents, writing exhibition text, making labels and installing the items for display. It will be useful for anyone interested in presenting an exhibition, including exhibitions linked to the RHSV History Week, 7-14 October 2018.

Tea and coffee will be available on arrival from 9.30am, the session begins at 10am and ends with a walk through a new RHSV exhibition.

> Book now to secure your place at this event


Max’s Modernism: A Walking Tour in Sydney’s CBD, 5 May

GML Heritage, in association with the National Trust Festival, is hosting this event.

A walking tour with heritage experts in the CBD of Sydney, visiting modernist architectural sites immortalised through the photography of Max Dupain. Participants will be encouraged to consider place, modernism, photography and urban evolution. Photos will be shared on Instagram #maxsmodernism.

Date and Time: Saturday 5 May 2018, 10:00am-1:00pm

Location: 19 Martin Place, Sydney



SHAP on 18 May 2018 – tickets on sale

Tickets for the SHAP (Sydney Historical Archaeology Practitioners’) Workshop are now on sale – head over to reserve your spot now as places are limited! Tickets are $33 for students, $66 for ASHA/AAA/AACAI/ICOMOS members and $88 for general entry, including food and drinks.

Download the 2018 SHAP Workshop call for papers for more information.




8th International Conference on Building Resilience, Lisbon, 7-9 November 2018 – call for abstracts deadline 15 April 2018

Abstract submission extended to 15 April 2018

The call for abstracts for the 8th International Conference on Building Resilience is now open.

The theme of the conference is Risk and Resilience in practice: Vulnerabilities, Displaced People, Local Communities and Heritages.

There is a broad range of tracks proposed for the conference, which are aligned with the four priorities for action set out in the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction:

  • Priority 1: Understanding disaster risk
  • Priority 2: Strengthening disaster risk governance to manage disaster risk
  • Priority 3: Investing in disaster risk reduction for resilience
  • Priority 4: Enhancing disaster preparedness for effective response, and to “Build Back Better” in recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction

We are particularly seeking submissions for Track 4F: The Role of Heritage in Reducing Risks, Building Resilience, Sustaining Culture and Enabling Recovery and Healing

For more general information about the conference, visit the conference website.


CULTURE: Conserving it Together Conference, Suva, Fiji, 1-5 October 2018 – call for papers DEADLINE: 16 April 2018

Visit the new Australia ICOMOS conference website, where you will find the draft program for the CULTURE conference.

Don’t forget to submit a paper! Call for papers details below.


The 2018 CULTURE Conference Content Committee now seeks submissions of abstracts for papers to a joint planned conference to share knowledge, celebrate the rich culture of the Pacific and discuss common issues on heritage conservation across the region.

The conference paper presentations will take place over three days (3-5 October) in Suva, Fiji with a pre-conference ‘Pasifika Charter’ workshop in Levuka World Heritage Port Town, which will form one of the forum discussions during the conference. Specific sessions on Underwater Cultural Heritage and Culture-Nature Journey will be held during the conference. There will also be post-conference tours to various sites in Fiji. Delegates will have the opportunity to present papers on common heritage conservation issues under the main theme of CULTURE and four sub-themes:

  1. Heritage at Risk – Climate Change and Disasters;
  2. Cultural Landscape Practice and Management;
  3. Diverse Communities – Intangible Heritage; and
  4. Heritage as a Pillar of Sustainable Development.

The abstracts should indicate

  • the full title of the paper
  • the chosen sub-theme or specific session
  • three to five keywords that reflect the general theme of the paper
  • the author’s name(s), institutional affiliation and contact details (postal address, phone, fax, email)

The deadline for abstracts is now 16 April 2018. For all further details, please refer to the updated CULTURE Conference_Call for Papers_ext_16 April and the Application Form.


IIWC 21st Symposium, 12-15 September 2018, York, UK – call for papers

New Horizons in the Conservation of Wooden Built Heritage
IIWC 21st Symposium 2018
York, United Kingdom
12-15 September 2018

Wood has been a widely used material for construction in many cultures, the result being a wide range of architectures spread around every region. Conservation of wooden heritage is conditioned by specificities of wood and results in specific approaches and techniques: as an example, the Nara Document on Authenticity (1994), influenced by the difference in approaches to the Conservation of wooden heritage.

The ICOMOS Wood Committee (IIWC) has carried out a revision of its Principles which have been approved in the General Assembly held in Delhi in December 2017. Today we are pleased to announce a Symposium that organized by the IIWC will give experts, the possibility to discuss and exchange about the many perspectives regarding wooden heritage conservation.

The IIWC’s 2018 “New Horizons” symposium in York will be an interchange for new research and technical advancements in the conservation of wooden built heritage. “New Horizons” will be a forum to engage a diverse community of experts, professionals and practitioners with the common goal of exploring new multi-disciplinary perspectives and potentialities in the field of conservation. This holistic approach to conservation is at the heart of ICOMOS and its scientific committees and is embodied in the new IIWC 2017 ‘Principles for the Conservation of the Wooden Built Heritage’.

The symposium will provide a platform for participants to showcase their work and obtain feedback from knowledgeable symposium attendees.

The targeted audience is the widest possible, and includes but not only: foresters, archaeobotonists, carpenters, wood scientists, anthropologists, mill wrights, cultural historians, conservators, financiers, property owners, legislators, project managers, archaeologists, architects, engineers as well as, researchers, educators, historians, archivists, librarians, museologists and students.

Call for Papers

Papers are invited from both ICOMOS members and non-members.


Important dates

· 15 May 2018: Deadline for submission of Abstracts

· 12 June 2018: Selected speakers notified of their selection

· 12 -15 September 2018: ‘New Horizons’ – IIWC Symposium York 2018

Abstracts sent after the deadline will not be considered.


2018 ICAHM Annual Meeting, Italy, 25-28 October 2018 – call for papers

2018 ICAHM Annual Meeting: Discover Sicily’s Argimusco – a Holistic Approach to Heritage Management
Montalbano Elicona, Province of Messina, Sicily, Italy
25-28 October 2018

Call for Papers Deadline: 1 May 2018

In the European Year of Cultural Heritage the 2018 ICAHM Annual Meeting will focus on the overriding need to develop a holistic and integrated approach to heritage management. The meeting will focus on six key themes that lie at the heart of current debates and concerns relating to different approaches and subjects all of which need to be mainstreamed into to archaeological heritage management. The six themes are: Community Engagement, Climate Change, Tourism, Non-Invasive technologies, Archaeoastronomy, and the Africa Initiative.

Organized by ICOMOS International Scientific Committee for Archaeological Heritage Management (ICAHM) and the Municipality of Montalbano Elicona, we invite abstracts of 300 words to be submitted as soon as possible but at the latest by 1 May 2018. Download the ICAHM 2018_CALL FOR PAPERS.

Please visit the meeting website for more details.


‘Smart’ Urban Heritage Management Session, 15th Architectural Humanities Research Association International Conference, 15-17 November 2018, Netherlands – call for papers

‘Smart’ Urban Heritage Management Session
15th Architectural Humanities Research Association International Conference
Department of the Built Environment, TU Eindhoven, Netherlands
15-17 November 2018

The historic fabric which represents a city’s evolution and development is increasingly viewed as a set of assets that enhance the urban experience. These assets can create a sense of place, foster stronger communities, or help define unique identities that boost the urban economy by attracting investment in businesses, urban renewal projects and redevelopment opportunities. However, the unprecedented rise in urbanization trends has placed increased pressures on cities to utilize resources more efficiently, balancing development needs and carbon reduction targets while maintaining some of the historic fabric. It has therefore become imperative to manage heritage assets effectively and sensitively so that these continue to retain value and remain relevant to current and future generations.

This session aims to explore how urban heritage can be managed and maintained in a smart city. The range of questions the session seeks to explore includes, but is not limited to: How might smart technologies inform heritage policy? What smart tools are currently used and how have they assisted in managing urban heritage? How do these tools and technologies connect the intangible values associated with historic fabric to an increasing global population? How can information communication technologies, internet applications and other smart tools be used in view of budgetary constraints? What lessons have been learned and how can they be used to inform urban policy for an increasingly mixed range of pre- and post-1940’s urban fabric?

Call for conference papers abstracts is currently open. Please visit the call for papers webpage and click on the title of the session to submit.

Paper abstracts must include:

– name and affiliation of author (and up to one other co-author), with one of the paper (co-)authors being identified as lead contact for the session chair and the organization committee (in the event of two co-authors, at least one must register and attend the conference).

– Paper title

– Paper abstract (up to 300 words)

– A short bio per author of up to 300 words

Deadline for abstract submission is: 1 May 2018, 9:00am CET.


EuroMed2018 Conference: Progress in Cultural Heritage e-Documentation, Preservation and Protection, 29 October-3 November 2018, Cyprus – call for papers

The newly established UNESCO CHAIR on Digital Heritage is announcing the International Conference EuroMed 2018 dedicated on
Digital Cultural Heritage Documentation, Preservation and Protection.

The 7th biannual European-Mediterranean (EUROMED) conference brings together researchers, policy makers, professionals, fellows and practitioners to explore some of the more pressing issues concerning Cultural Heritage today. In particular, the main goal of the conference is to focus on interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary research on tangible and intangible Cultural Heritage, using cutting edge technologies for the protection, restoration, preservation, massive digitalization, documentation and presentation of the Cultural Heritage contents. At the same time, the event is intended to cover topics of research ready for exploitation, demonstrating the acceptability of new sustainable approaches and new technologies by the user community, owners, managers and conservators of our cultural patrimony.

This conference is a milestone event in the EU Year 2018, which is dedicated to Cultural Heritage. It’s in cooperation with the European Parliament, the European Commission and the EU digital library Europeana and in collaboration with the prestigious publisher Springer-Nature to celebrate the 1.000.000 downloads of our publications.

For more information about the conference and the call for papers, download the First_Announcement_EuroMed2018_Cyprus and the EuroMed2018_Call_for_papers.

Deadline for Paper submission: 31 May 2018 (24:00 London-UK time)


CIAV Conference and Annual Meeting, Tabriz 1-3 October 2018 – call for papers

The International Scientific Committee on Vernacular Architecture (ICOMOS-CIAV) and the Iranian Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization (ICHHTO) are pleased to announce that call for paper is now open for CIAV conference 2018, on the theme of “Cultural Heritage and Sustainable Development”.

Abstracts should be submitted through this address no later than 22 April 2018.

See the CIAV 2018 Conference Call for Papers for more information.


International Symposium for the Conservation, Research and Sustainable Development of Pre-Historic Heritage, 10-14 October 2018, Beijing – call for papers

International Symposium for the Conservation, Research and Sustainable Development of Pre-Historic Heritage
Peking Man Site at Zhoukoudian, Beijing
10-14 October 2018

Deadline for abstract submission: 1 May 2018

2018 is a year to commemorate the 100th anniversary of discovering Peking Man Site at Zhoukoudian, also a year to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the Zhoukoudian Museum. You are cordially invited to submit research papers for presentation at our conference, which will take place in Beijing from the 10th to the 14th of October 2018. The conference, entitled “International Symposium for the Conservation, Research and Sustainable Development of Pre-Historic Heritage” at Zhoukoudian Site, is jointly organized by the Museum of Peking Man Site at Zhoukoudian, Zhoukoudian International Paleoanthropological Research Center at the CAS Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology, ICOMOS China and National Heritage Center of Tsinghua University.

For more information, download the CFP Zhoukoudian Conference 2018.




Living Heritage Program grants – round 3 DEADLINE: 13 April 2018

Applications for Round 3 of the Victorian Government’s competitive community heritage grants program are now open and close on 13 April 2018.

Eligible applicants may apply for an amount between $20,000 and $200,000 per project, to fund conservation works to ‘at risk’ places and objects included on the Victorian Heritage Register.

To find out if you are eligible, read the 2018 Program Guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions at this link.

To apply, follow the link to the online application portal from this link.

The eligibility criteria include: requirements that the heritage place or object is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register; is ‘publicly accessible’; is for ‘eligible conservation projects’; and that the applicant is ‘eligible’ to apply.

There will be a fourth and final grant round of the Living Heritage Grants Program in 2019. Details on successfully funded projects in previous rounds can also be found on our website.

For more information, please visit the Living Heritage Program website or email the Living Heritage Program team.


George Alexander International Fellowships – applications open

The George Alexander Foundation and the International Specialised Skills Institute (ISS Institute) are offering five (5) international applied research Fellowships in the amount of $10,000 (less GST) each.

The 2018 George Alexander Foundation International Fellowship provides an opportunity for individuals aged between 18-35 years to acquire higher-level skills and drive leading practice and innovation in Australia. It is intended that the Fellowship will demonstrate potential benefits for, and application in, Australia. Applications should focus on the following areas:

  • Environment and Sustainability***
  • Alternative Energy
  • Education

However, if you have an innovative Fellowship idea that sits outside these areas these will also be considered.

Visit the ISS Institute website for more information.

Applications close at 4pm, 13 April 2018.

*** PLEASE NOTE: prospective applicants should confirm with the ISS Institute directly whether or not applications within the Heritage area will be accepted within the Environment and Sustainability area.


Old Cities, New Challenges course – application DEADLINE: 15 April 2018

Old Cities, New Challenges – Urban Conservation in Southeast Asia
29 September – 6 October 2018
Penang, Malaysia

The Getty Conservation Institute is pleased to announce, Old Cities, New Challenges 2018 (OCNC18), the first in a new series of courses for urban conservation in Southeast Asia presented in collaboration with Think City.

OCNC18’s primary objective is to improve urban conservation practices in Southeast Asian cities by providing participants with a fuller understanding of conservation methodologies and effective, practical tools and techniques for the conservation of historic places in urban contexts. The curriculum for this course derives, in part, from the GCI’s previous courses in the region.

This course is only open to people in the ASEAN countries. It is not intended for postgraduate students, but will focus on people currently challenged by urban conservation in their city or town. Australia ICOMOS members may know of people/or organisations that they are linked to in the region, which might benefit from this course.

Course Content

The course will be highly interactive – formal presentations will be complemented by group discussions and exercises at historic sites in Penang. A values-based approach to heritage conservation will be emphasised. Participants will share their experiences regarding heritage conservation challenges in their respective cities.

Topics to be addressed include:

  • Examination of international approaches, including Historic Urban Landscape (HUL)
  • Documentation of tangible and intangible heritage assets, including cultural mapping
  • Defining cultural significance of historic places, resulting in a statement of significance
  • Heritage economics, related to cultural capital and sustainability
  • Infill development in historic areas
  • Goals, strategies and components of an urban conservation plan, resulting in participants’ drafting a plan for a specific site

Workshop Fee

The fee for this course is RM 3000 (approximately US$ 700), which includes eight night’s hotel accommodations in Penang, training materials, lunches and several dinners. A limited number of scholarships will be available to participants who need financial assistance. An optional, two-day post-course field trip will also be offered for an additional fee.

More information is available on the Getty Conservation Institute website.

Note that applications close on 15 April 2018.


San Gemini Preservation Studies Program, Italy, late May to early August 2018 – applications accepted until 15 April 2018

Now in its 20th year, with alumni from over 170 colleges and universities worldwide, the San Gemini Preservation Studies Program (SGPS) is dedicated to the preservation of cultural heritage. We offer students the opportunity to study and travel in Italy where they acquire hands-on experience in preservation and restoration. Our courses are open to students from various disciplines, both undergraduate and graduate. All lessons are taught in English.

This year, some of our students are able to receive accreditation through the Art History Department at West Virginia University. You can find more information about the program in general and accreditation for participating in an SGPS program on the San Gemini Preservation Studies Program website.

There are spaces open in most of the programs (see summary below) and applications are still being accepted.

Deadline for applying is now 15 April 2018.


Session One (May 28 – June 22)
Building Restoration – Touching the Stones
Restoration of Traditional Masonry Buildings and Sketching & Analyzing Historic Buildings
(Program includes lectures and restoration field projects*)

Archaeological Ceramics Restoration
Analysis and Restoration of Archaeological Ceramics in Italy
(Program includes lectures and restoration workshop)

Book Bindings Restoration
The Craft of Making and Restoring Book Bindings
Introduction to the Conservation of Books and Bindings
(Program includes lectures and practical workshop)

Session Two (July 9 – August 3)
Paper Restoration
Restoration and Conservation of Paper in Books and Archival Documents
(Program includes lectures and restoration workshop)

Traditional Painting Techniques
Traditional Materials, Methods of Painting and Art Restoration Issues
(Program includes lectures and painting workshop)

Preservation Theory and Practice in Italy
Restoration Theory, Ethics and Issues
(Program includes lectures and discussion)

NEW RESEARCH PROJECT: Carsulae Roman Baths Excavation Project
Architectural & Structural Survey of the Site
(Program includes research and surveying field work*)
This new project is in collaboration with the University of Notre Dame.

*Field Projects:

Restoration of the façade of the medieval church of San Carlo (13th century)
Analysis of medieval buildings in San Gemini as part of an urban study of the city
Architectural and structural survey of the baths in the ancient Roman city of Carsulae

Short Inter-Session Program
Preservation Field Trip – Italy (June 24 – July 3)
A ten-day trip visiting Siena, Florence and Rome: places of cultural interest, the urban and historical development of each town, and specialized visits to places of interest to restorers.


EOI invited for a workshop on Workshop on Usewear and Residue Analysis – June 2018, Wollongong

AACAI NSW/ACT are seeking expressions of interest from members and non-members who would like to attend a Professional Development Workshop on Usewear and Residue Analysis with Dr Ebbe Hayes and Prof Richard Fullagar at the University of Wollongong on the Saturday 23 June 2018.

Please see the AACAI Usewear and Residue Analysis EOI for details. The deadline for EOIs is 30 April.


Heritage of the Air: How aviation transformed Australia – two funded PhD projects available

Heritage of the Air is a three year (2018-2020) ARC Linkage project that investigates how civil aviation has transformed Australian society over the last 100 years. The project is based at the University of Canberra and our research partners include Airservices Australia, the National Museum of Australia, the Queensland Museum, the SFO Museum in San Francisco, the Airways Museum in Essendon and the Civil Aviation Historical Society. The Lead Chief Investigator is Associate Professor Tracy Ireland and Associate Professor Tim Sherratt is leading the digital humanities aspects of the project.

We are seeking 2 exceptional PhD scholars to work as fully integrated members of our multidisciplinary research team, responding to its innovative methods and frameworks. The scholarships are offered at the University of Canberra for the duration of the project. As well as the PhD stipend, scholars will have access to a generous research fund to support their research and field work. The research could be undertaken through traditional research or creative practice and exegesis. Indigenous scholars are particularly encouraged to apply.

For more information on this opportunity, visit this link.

Applications will close 30 April 2018.


Longford Academy 2018, Tasmania, 7-12 May – registrations open

Registrations are open for the ninth Longford Academy to be held in Northern Tasmania on 7-12 May. The program includes one-day workshops on Lime and Mortars on 9 May, and Roofing and Metalwork on 12 May, which are open for one-day registrations.

For more information, click on the links below.




[NEW] SITUATION VACANT Maritime Archaeologist, Heritage Victoria

Maritime Archaeologist, Heritage Victoria (VPS 3 – Ongoing)

The Maritime Archaeologist will form part of a specialist team delivering Heritage Victoria’s statutory functions under State and Commonwealth heritage legislation. The position will provide expert advice on the protection and management of Victoria’s maritime cultural heritage and provide the specialist technical skills required to deliver programs to document, protect and manage Victoria’s unique underwater cultural heritage.

Heritage Victoria is the principal body in Victoria responsible for control of the State’s historic heritage. It delivers the functions of the Heritage Act 2017 which enables the identification, protection and management of Victoria’s State significant heritage places and objects, including historic archaeological sites and maritime heritage.  

Applications close at midnight on Monday 23 April 2018.

For further details on this exciting opportunity please see the position listing at this link.


CALL FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST Review and feasibility of Protected Area Short Courses, PALRC

Review and feasibility of Protected Area Short Courses

The Protected Areas Learning and Research Collaboration (PALRC) is pleased to invite expressions of interest for a short term, scoping project to be completed over the next 8-12 weeks.

The project forms part of the PALRC’s strategy to offer courses which are directly relevant to the needs of practitioners.

Although intended principally for take up in Australia, it is also hoped it will lead to take up in Asia and the Pacific; through both attendance at courses in Australia by students from those regions, and by the ability for the courses to be run in Asia and the Pacific for the benefit of practitioners there.

For more information about this project, download the EOI_PALRC Feasibility Study scope.

Expressions of interest must be submitted by midnight Sunday 15 April (AEST).


SITUATION VACANT Heritage Consultant – Context, Melbourne

Context is excited to offer a dynamic and experienced cultural heritage specialist an opportunity to contribute to the work of our growing Melbourne operations.

We are looking for applicants with heritage planning and architectural conservation experience who want to play a key role in shaping our consultancy into the future. In this position you will provide specialist heritage advice across a range of heritage services, including heritage values assessment. You will manage projects, provide specialist advice to clients, and support senior and emerging consultants in the firm.

Context is part of the vibrant and progressive GML Heritage consultancy group that wants to make a difference. Our motivated multidisciplinary team has expertise in built heritage, conservation planning, industrial heritage, historical archaeology, Aboriginal archaeology, cultural heritage management, history, landscape collections, community values, consultation, archives, and interpretation. We focus on collaboration and delivery of influential heritage advice to private and public sector clients throughout Australia and internationally. We take pride in our work and think that heritage contributes to our sense of place and a sustainable environment.

Click here for more information


SITUATION VACANT Heritage Consultant, City Plan Services, Sydney

The City Plan Services group of companies has over 22 years’ experience as an industry leading specialist consultancy. With offices in Sydney, Gosford, Newcastle and the Gold Coast, we provide services in the area of Building Regulations, Town Planning and Heritage Consultancy. With offices in Sydney, Gosford, Newcastle and the Gold Coast.

Our team is expanding and as such an opportunity is available for a suitably qualified and motivated Heritage Consultant to join City Plan’s Heritage team, providing high level cultural heritage consulting services from our Sydney office.

This opportunity will appeal to an experienced heritage consultant who is wishing to further their career in a highly regarded consultancy involved in a variety of projects across NSW and Australia. Reporting to the Heritage Director, the successful applicant will be expected to carry out all the standard roles of a Heritage Consultant.

The successful applicant will be required to start as soon as possible. Remuneration packages will be negotiated commensurate with qualifications and experience.

For more information, see the CPS_Heritage Consultant – Mar 2018 position description.

Applications close Friday 27 April 2018.


SITUATION VACANT Senior Heritage Consultant, City Plan Services, Sydney

The City Plan Services group of companies has over 22 years’ experience as an industry leading specialist consultancy. With offices in Sydney, Gosford, Newcastle and the Gold Coast, we provide services in the area of Building Regulations, Town Planning and Heritage Consultancy. With offices in Sydney, Gosford, Newcastle and the Gold Coast.

Our team is expanding and as such an opportunity is available for a suitably qualified and motivated Senior Heritage Consultant to join City Plan’s Heritage team, providing high level cultural heritage consulting services from our Sydney office.

This opportunity will appeal to an experienced heritage consultant who is wishing to further their career in a highly regarded consultancy involved in a variety of projects across NSW and Australia. Reporting to the Heritage Director, the successful applicant will be expected to carry out all the standard roles of a Senior Heritage Consultant.

The successful applicant will be required to start as soon as possible. Remuneration packages will be negotiated commensurate with qualifications and experience.

For more information, see the CPS_Senior Heritage Consultant – Mar 2018 position description.

Applications close Friday 27 April 2018.


SITUATION VACANT Senior Heritage Advisor (contractor position), Public Works Advisory (PWA) NSW

Senior Heritage Advisor (contractor position) – PWA Heritage Asset Advisory group

Public Works Advisory (PWA) provides expert advice and professional services relating to public infrastructure, heritage and environmental projects for the state government of NSW.

The PWA Heritage Asset Advisory team assists government agencies by providing heritage architectural, planning, design and technical conservation advice, managing the Minister’s Stonework Program, and ensuring heritage legislative compliance, quality heritage project outcomes and innovative solutions for heritage asset management. HAA also offers procurement advice and services in connection with heritage assets.

Working with the Director Heritage Asset Advisory and 2 Senior Heritage Specialists, the contractor will:

• Provide architectural heritage support/advice in connection with urban planning and development, re-use and refurbishment;

• Provide strategic heritage asset management guidance including identifying ‘at risk’ projects requiring early or additional services/heritage impact mitigation in line with legislative requirements;

• Assist in coordinating multiple Heritage Projects with a range of responsibilities from project planning and risk analysis to heritage oversight and QA during construction

• Provide experienced technical and design/documentation skills for repair and conservation of heritage places including CAD and minor graphics tasks.

Applicants need to clearly demonstrate advanced built heritage experience, project management capabilities, strong teamwork and a high degree of adaptability and technical proficiency.

The contract will be at least until end June 2018 with potential for 3 month renewal thereafter. Preference is for full time but part time may be considered.

Learn more: For enquiries regarding this contract position, please contact David Mason, A/Director, Heritage Asset Advisory by email or on 0466 410 203.

Your application should include a covering letter [maximum two pages] and brief CV/ resume of no more than five pages outlining your skills and experience as relevant to this position.

Salary commensurate with skills and experience, with priority consideration given to senior professionals operating at equivalent to grade 9/10.

Closing date: 16 April 2018


SITUATION VACANT Project Specialist, Getty Conservation Institute, Los Angeles

The Building and Sites Department of the Getty Conservation Institute is relaunching a search for a Project Specialist to work on the Conserving Modern Architecture Initiative (CMAI). Reporting to the Senior Project Specialist who manages the CMAI, the Project Specialist will manage the CMAI’s new education and training initiatives. This is a three-year, limited-term position, based in Los Angeles.

For more information about this opportunity, download the ADM_Posting_Relaunch_ProjSpec_CMAI_March 2018.

The deadline for applications is 20 April 2018.


SITUATION VACANT Heritage Conservation Architect, Melbourne

RBA Architects and Conservation Consultants Pty Ltd, established in 1994 and based in St Kilda, Melbourne, are seeking an experienced heritage conservation architect to join our team.

The position is senior and involves: research, analysis, design, documentation, publication and contract administration of building works to places of heritage significance (both conservation and adaptive reuse works) and providing advice to significant historic building owners and authorities. Projects are diverse, primarily local, but also international and across all types including: commercial, ecclesiastical, education sector, civic, community, industrial and residential. The office culture is collegiate, cutting edge and research driven.

Required qualifications:

· min masters degree in architecture

· min 3 years’ experience working as a heritage conservation architect

· a working knowledge of Australian architectural history

· expertise in remedial conservation interventions to significant heritage building fabric

· proficiency in contemporary and interpretive design and detail resolution

· proficiency in AutoCad, Sketchup, Adobe and Revit pref. + pencil and butter paper

· proficiency in sustainable design

· a good sense of humour


Interested applicants please forward your CV to Roger by email in the first instance.

If you wish to discuss the position please call Roger Beeston (Director) on 0417 140 159.


SITUATION WANTED Project Architect seeks employment

Aishah Zaharie is a Project Architect with three and half years’ experience, who has worked on a variety of heritage, residential, and commercial projects, and who has experience managing projects from initial design stage right through to the final contract implementation stage. She is proficient with AutoCAD, Revit, SketchUp, Microsoft office, Adobe and other graphics programs. She is a dynamic and ambitious architect who possesses the design and development flair needed to plan, coordinate and be involved in all phase of an architectural project.

Aishah currently lives in Melbourne but is open to travel anywhere within Victoria.

To discuss whether you might have an opportunity for Aishah, email her directly.


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