Australia ICOMOS organises annual conferences on cultural heritage philosophy, methodology and practice.  These conferences are attended by well over 100 people, sometimes more than 200, and are a wonderful opportunity for learning and exchanging ideas.

2016 The People’s Ground conference, Melbourne, 5-8 October 2016

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The extraordinary Melbourne Cricket Ground – popularly “The People’s Ground”- is the inspiration for this conference. This acknowledges that heritage is for and about people and community. Whilst place is central to conceptions of heritage, is it not intangible values – stories, memories, connections, emotions – that reveal and sustain our heritage?

The MCG is included on the National Heritage List, although its continual evolution means that most of the fabric is barely thirty years old. It has shared Aboriginal and non-Indigenous heritage values, and a prominent history to match its location in the landscape of the Yarra River.

The significance of the MCG extends far beyond that of a mere sports stadium. It is an integral part of the fabric of Melbourne and the nation, and has gained an egalitarian image as “the people’s ground”. (MCG NHL citation)

Join Australian and international experts this October at The People’s Ground for a once in a century gathering.

Further information about this event can be found at the People’s Ground Conference website.

2015 Fabric Conference, Adelaide

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Australia ICOMOS’ conference Fabric is a forum to gather and debate the issues associated with the conservation of heritage fabric. The conference took place in Adelaide from 5-8 November 2015.

Issues include: understanding and stewardship of traditional and technical conservation skills, engaging communities in conservation, advancing conservation knowledge, exploring new technologies, and fostering of training opportunities for the future conservation and interpretation of heritage fabric.

By understanding the skills and knowledge of the past, and developing the technologies of the future, Fabric will provide an opportunity for advancing conservation standards in Australia.

Further information about this event can be found at the Fabric Conference website.

2013 Canberra Centenary Conference


‘Imagined pasts…, imagined futures’ was an exciting multidisciplinary conference that coincided with the centenary of Canberra and the array of cultural activities, performances, exhibitions and events that were planned for Canberra in 2013.

Australia ICOMOS partnered with the Museum of Australian Democracy in the unique setting of Old Parliament House to explore how heritage participates in the ‘imagined communities’ and ‘imagined geographies’ of nations and communities in a globalising world. Asking how past, present and future are entwined in cultural identity, place, tangible and intangible heritages, the conference themes ranged from personal heritage and local places, to national narratives, virtual communities, diasporas and world heritage.

The conference commenced with a video of the Federal Minister for the Environment, Greg Hunt’s speech – Minister Hunt’s Australia ICOMOS video address is now available on his website.

For further information, visit the Canberra Centenary conference website.

2011 Watermarks, Water’s Heritage Conference, Melbourne

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The 2011 conference, Watermarks, Water’s Heritage, was held in Melbourne from 27-30 October 2011.  This conference explored the following themes:

  • Water Beginnings – Indigenous use of water and waterways
  • European Arrival – exploration, early settlement and squatting
  • Working Water – agriculture, aquaculture, irrigation, industry, and power
  • Moving Water – water supply and sewerage, water collection, transport and communication
  • Too Much or Not Enough – floods, storms and cyclones, droughts, fire protection and environmental conservation
  • Celebrating Water – tourism, recreation, designed features and landscapes, and heritage recognition

For further information about the 2011 conference, go to the Watermarks Conference website.

Information about previous conferences, including conference papers, is available at the Australia ICOMOS Conference website. Previous conferences include: