Australia ICOMOS E-Mail News No. 319
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Friday 1 February 2008

1)  The Best in Heritage, Dubrovnik, Croatia, 25 - 27 September 2008
2)  ENAME - Session at the World Archaeological Congress
3)  News from ICOMOS International Secretariat
4)  Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts: Media Release - Convict Sites in Running for World Heritage
5)  Short Courses in Heritage and Museums at Deakin University - 2008
6)  The Collections Council of Australia: Media Release - Australia's collections sector welcomes the new Labor government
7)  Presentation: Brian Egloff's World Heritage of Apocalypto
Situations Vacant...
8)  Situations Vacant at National Trust of Australia (NSW)
9)  Situations Vacant at Aboriginal Affairs Victoria
10) Expressions of interest sought for a position at Heritage Matters


1) The Best in Heritage, Dubrovnik, Croatia, 25 - 27 September 2008

The Best in Heritage is an annual presentation of the best, awarded projects in museums, heritage and conservation.
For further information, visit the links below:
2008 programme at:
Details about Poster Session at:
To participate, please register at:


2) ENAME - Session at the World Archaeological Congress
The session "Toward International Principles in Heritage Interpretation: Ideological Imposition or Tools for Intercultural Communication?", being organised at the Sixth World Archaeological Congress in Dublin (29 June - 4 July), will address questions such as:
-        What are the worldwide ethical and policy dimensions of public archaeological interpretation?
-        As archaeological sites around the world are increasingly developed and used as economically-driven leisure-time venues, are professional standards for public interpretation needed?
-        Or are those standards themselves part of a globalizing wave?
-        How do standards in the public interpretation of cultural heritage relate to, or contribute to, emerging subfields of public archaeology such as civically engaged archaeology and the archaeology of social justice and sites of conscience?
Co-sponsored by the ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Interpretation and Presentation (ICIP), the US ICOMOS Specialized Committee on Interpretation and Presentation (SCIP), and the Ename Center for Public Archaeology and Presentation, the two-hour session will explore the meaning and possible usefulness (or uselessness) of texts like the Burra Charter, the ICOMOS Charter for Interpretation and Presentation (Ename Charter), and the Council of Europe Framework Convention on the Value of Cultural Heritage for Society (Faro Convention).

This session will examine the possible contributions of these and other initiatives to international efforts for establishing standards for interpretation and presentation that transcend national and cultural boundaries. It will examine the practicality and application of key concepts and principles such as "Authenticity", "Inclusiveness", and "Sustainability" across cultural, political, and economic boundaries.

If you are interested in participating, we encourage you to submit an abstract for a 5-10 minute position paper that will serve as the basis for the session's discussion and debate.
For more information about this session please visit
To submit abstracts, visit Please mention the theme "Getting the Message Across - Communicating Archaeology [10]" and the session name (as above). Please also note that the deadline for submitting abstracts is 22 February 2008.


3) News from ICOMOS International Secretariat

ICOMOS International Secretariat e-news
no 30, 29 January 2008

A compendium of news received from various sources including organisations other than ICOMOS and re-transmitted (unedited and only in the original language received) for the benefit of ICOMOS Committees and members. The ICOMOS International Secretariat is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information provided. Opinions expressed in the ICOMOS International e-news are not necessarily those of ICOMOS or its Executive Committee and events announced are not automatically endorsed by ICOMOS.

Romania: Rosia Montana Saved - Landmark Judgement in Heritage Protection Case!

On 27 November, the Brasov Court of Appeal annulled an archaeological discharge certificate issued by the Ministry of Culture and Cults which had effectively removed Carnic's protected status in order to allow the Rosia Montana Gold Corporation (RMGC) to exploit the massif's rich gold reserves. This ruling rejected RMGC's request to intervene but admitted intervention requests formulated by several Romanian NGOs, including Alburnus Maior and the Pro Europe League. RMGC had planned to uproot the people of Rosia Montana to realise Europe's largest open-cast gold mine. Archaeologists, expert institutions and civil society organisations from Romania and all over the world, including Europa Nostra, had repeatedly protested over the destruction of Rosia Montana's archaeological treasures that would be caused by RMGC's development. The court's decision is definitive and means that Carnic's unique Roman and pre-Roman mine galleries as well as the entire massif will remain protected.
(from the January 2008 issue of the Europa Nostra Newsletter)

Association for Preservation Technology, Montreal 2008

Conference: "Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Heritage Conservation", October 13-17, 2008, Hilton Montreal Bonaventure.
Abstracts are being solicited for paper presentations and panel discussions on the themes of "Sustainable Heritage Conservation" and "Conservation Technology and Philosophy". The Call for Papers and the electronic Abstract Submission Forms are available on line at
Paper and panel presenters will be able to attend the conference at a registration rate less than the lowest member rate.
Deadline for submissions: Monday, 18 February 2008
Contact: Dana Saal, conference manager
217 / 529-9039

Image Bank of World Heritage Cities - Assistance Needed

To enrich its image bank, the Organization of World Heritage Cities (OWHC) is seeking the assistance of its network of members in order to obtain images of world heritage cities. These images must show the unique features of the urban heritage of the city, either in detail or as a whole. To view a few pictures already selected, go to the following address: The pictures selected will appear on a FLICKR site maintained by the OWHC. No commercial use will be made of these pictures: they will be used in the new version of our website and in other promotional publications, such as written documents or exhibitions.
The OWHC commits to mention the name of the author with any image used. These images have to be free from any rights and must be sent in a resolution of 1600x1200 pixels.
If you wish to participate, please send your pictures, a short description and the name of the author to the following address:
OWHC Website:
Urbo Website:

2008, European Year of Intercultural Dialogue

2008 has been declared the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue. General Information and a Call for Projects can be consulted at the official website:
2010 has been declared the European Year for Combatting Poverty and Social Exclusion. No further information is available yet.

Europa Nostra Newsletter, January 2008

The new Europa Nostra Newsletter is now available at:

A selection of headlines:

POLAND: Appeal for the Preservation of Katowice Railway Station
ROMANIA: Rosia Montana Saved - Landmark Judgement in Heritage Protection Case!
RUSSIA: Stop Gazprom from Devastating the World Heritage Skyline of St. Petersburg!
RUSSIA: Moscow's Iconic Modern Movement Architecture under Threat
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4)  Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts: Media Release - Convict Sites in Running for World Heritage

Australia is nominating its most important convict sites for World Heritage listing, as some of the most meaningful places on earth.
Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts, Peter Garrett, announced the nomination today within the castle-like walls of Western Australia's Fremantle Prison, where most of WA's convicts began their life of hard labour.
"These convict sites are a living record of one of the greatest penal experiments in world history - the transportation of more than 166,000 men, women and children to a vast and largely unknown land," Mr Garrett said.
"We are asking UNESCO to recognise the outstanding universal value of these convict sites, just as it has the living culture of the first Australians, in listings such as Kakadu and Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Parks."
Fremantle Prison is one of 11 nominated sites. The others are:
"The exile of convicts from one side of the world to the other is both a dark and uplifting tale, from isolation and punishment to extraordinary opportunities for starting a new life," Mr Garrett
"At NSW's Old Great North Road, you can still see the pick marks in sandstone blocks that our convict ancestors quarried by hand to create an intricate drainage system.
"Tasmania's Brickendon and Woolmers Estates rehabilitated convicts through agriculture, while the walls of Cascades Female Factory evoke the harsh experience of women and children.
"At the Kingston and Arthur's Vale Historic Area, the buildings and landscape are a haunting reminder of the terror and pain the convicts suffered.
"After a huge amount of work by state and territory governments, property managers and local communities, this nomination is now winging its way to Paris," Mr Garrett said. "It will be examined by UNESCO and after a rigorous assessment process, the World Heritage Committee will make a final decision, expected in mid-2009."
Australia has 17 existing World Heritage sites, ranging from the Great Barrier Reef to the Sydney Opera House. For more information and high quality images of the Australian Convict Sites, visit
Media contact: Margot Marshall: (02) 6277 7640 or 0418 624 847


5) Short Courses in Heritage and Museums at Deakin University - 2008
Deakin University is pleased to make available elements of the Cultural Heritage & Museum Studies program via two-day modules, on-campus at the Melbourne Campus in Burwood, Victoria.
Courses include reading materials and may include site visits and field exercises. Participants may be required to prepare a short paper for presentation during the course.
Who are the courses for?
These modules are ideal for people seeking professional development or wanting to know more about specific areas of Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies. No assessment is required in association with short courses.

Who teaches the courses?

The courses are taught by professional practitioners associated with the Cultural Heritage Centre for Asia and the Pacific (CHCAP) under the direction of Professor William Logan (UNESCO Chair of Cultural Heritage) and Dr Linda Young (Director, Postgraduate Courses in Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies).

CHCAP is committed to promoting international best practice in cultural heritage education, research and consultancy. The Centre is closely connected with UNESCO, including the World Heritage Centre, as well as Forum UNESCO, ICOMOS, ICOM and Museums Australia.

Date, Time and Place:
Dates for each course are given in the course brochure, available at
Courses are run over two days (Monday-Tuesday or Thursday-Friday), 9.30 am to 5.00 pm.
Deakin University, Melbourne Campus, 221 Burwood Highway, Burwood. A map and location details will be sent on registration.

Details and a printable brochure on the web at


6) The Collections Council of Australia: Media Release
Australia's collections sector welcomes the new Labor government
The Collections Council of Australia welcomes the election of the new government of Australia and anticipates a bright future for Australia's collections with Labor at the helm.
"We believe that some of the new departmental rearrangements will lead to smoother working relationships, as built and movable cultural heritage are brought together now in the Department of Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts. We are particularly happy that heritage has been reinstated into the name of this department", said Sue Nattrass, Chair of the Collections Council today.
Whether they are visited in archives, galleries, libraries, museums, historical societies, keeping places, botanical or zoological gardens - or online - Australia's collections are central to Australia's understanding of itself. Historical, cultural, scientific and digital collections help us to shape our place and solve problems in a changing world. Collections can also be used to bridge gaps between generations by contributing to the strengthening of our communities - past, present and future.
The Collections Council is looking to right a wrong inherited from the 1970s. Although the Australia Council and the Australian Heritage Commission were established by the Whitlam Government to support arts and heritage development, the parallel attempt to form an Australian Museums Commission was overtaken by the dismissal of the Whitlam Government.
Since then policy and funding for collections has languished as a priority for some governments. Most funding programs fall far short of actual needs, and successive Australia: State of the Environment reports (1996-2006) highlight the truly pitiable state of many Australian collections.
"Now is the time to correct the historical accident that saw Australia's collections take a back seat thirty years ago", said Ms Nattrass.
In recognition of the importance of movable cultural heritage to Australia, the Collections Council of Australia was established to advance the nation-wide sustainability of collections The Collections Council now calls on Australia's new government to:
1. Facilitate better alignment between arts, heritage and environment policies so that Australia's collections are seen as active contributors to Australia's sustainable future.
2. Invigorate all relevant Ministerial Councils to achieve this alignment.
3. Establish a 'future fund' for Australia's collections and the sense of place and meaning that they give to their communities.
The Collections Council has clearly identified the needs of Australia's collections. Its paper 'A new future for Australia's past' at contains three lead proposals for the development of Australia's regional and digital collections, as well as for the education of Australia's youngsters in how to use collections for learning and innovation.
"Collections are a key element for Australia's broader sustainability agenda. The collections sector encourages the new government to shape its policies and work closely with the state and territory governments towards a dynamic future for Australia's collections", said Ms Nattrass.
Further information:
   Margaret Birtley, Chief Executive Officer, T  (08) 8207 7272   M  0418 814 957


7) Presentation: Brian Egloff's World Heritage of Apocalypto

Brian Egloff's World Heritage of Apocalypto
Racing from the lofty heights of the Getty Conservation Institute to the ravaged and quaint World Heritage city of Antiqua, where the pace is Latin-relaxed, Egloff takes the viewer on a five week kaleidoscope tour of all that matters in the World Heritage of Guatemala and Honduras. He does it rough in mini-buses and local transport to the highland Maya trade and religious centre in Chichicastenanga down into the moist fertile lowlands of Honduras, then by mini-bus to the pilgrimage city of Copan and the ancient Mayan ruins that are renown for their evocative sculptures. The truly terrifying massive Mayan ceremonial complex of Tikal is awesome and beyond belief. All of this is done in a land of dozens of active volcanoes where a bizarre ride on a local 'chicken bus' coupled with a two hour near vertical walk will take the visitor with an armed guard to the lava flows - poke a stick into the molten lava and watch it catch fire. Catch fire things do in Guatemala, as they recover with a shaky truce from thirty years of a bloody revolution and rebuild massive century-old cathedrals that have suffered as have the descendents of the Mayan from the deadly earthquakes that punctuate every decade.
The gaze of the CHM/ICAHM archaeologist never ceases and there is no doubt in Egloff's mind, that Australia shackled as it is to the dead donkey charter can certainly learn a thing or two about how to treat places of significance from the World Heritage managers of Apocalypto.
Time: 5:00pm for 5:30pm Thursday 6 February
Venue: National Archives of Australia, Canvberra

The talk is free of charge.


8) Situations Vacant at National Trust of Australia (NSW)
POSITION: Historic Buildings Manager - (Position 1/08)
The National Trust of Australia (NSW) is seeking to recruit an appropriately qualified individual to assist the organisation manage its conservation and commercial responsibilities across a portfolio of 38 properties.
The successful applicant will possess broad experience working with historic properties, have an appropriate technical or tertiary qualification and be able to demonstrate the necessary personal qualities to negotiate successful outcomes in a financially challenging environment.
For further information, contact Richard Wesley, Director of Museums and Properties on (02) 9258 0170 or 0407 458401.
The job description is available on (02) 92580123 or Applications close on Friday 4 February 2008, through email or GPO Box 518, Sydney 2001.
POSITION: Historic Site Manager, Old Government House and Experiment Farm Cottage,Parramatta - (Position 2/08)
The National Trust of Australia (NSW) is seeking to recruit an appropriately qualified individual to manage Old Government House and Experiment Farm Cottage, Parramatta.
The successful applicant will possess broad experience working with historic properties, a sound knowledge of nineteenth century Australian history and material culture and solid financial and personnel management skills
For further information, contact Richard Wesley, Director of Museums and Properties on (02) 9258 0170 or 0407 458401.
The job description is available on (02) 92580123 or Applications close on Friday 4 February 2008, through email or GPO Box 518, Sydney 2001.


9) Situations Vacant at Aboriginal Affairs Victoria

Aboriginal Affairs Victoria, DPCD is in the process of recruiting two positions for the Secretariat to the Aboriginal Heritage Council - the first ever all Indigenous Council established under Victorian law. It is made up of some really talented and inspiring Traditional Owners. They are keen to get two good people on board as soon as possible to work closely with the Council.
1. Manager, Secretariat to the Aboriginal Heritage Council - 12-month position (maternity leave backfill). Reference no: DPCD/PACA/VC1526
2. Senior Advisor to the Aboriginal Heritage Council - 12-month position. Reference no: DPCD/PACA/VC1410
To apply and access position descriptions and selection criteria, visit and search via the relevant reference number.
Applications are due 18 February 2008.
For further information, please contact Nicole Rees, Manager, Secretariat (tel. 03 9208 3280)


10) Expressions of interest sought for a position at Heritage Matters
Heritage Matters was established twenty years ago, initially trading as Timothy Hubbard Pty. Ltd. It changed its name to Heritage Matters in 2006 to reflect its broader focus and expansion.  Heritage Matters specialises in heritage architecture and planning, but also carries out work in the fields of heritage tourism, heritage horticulture and arboriculture. Operating from a comfortable modern office in Port Fairy, Victoria, the firm currently employs five staff and is looking to expand to cope with an increasing workload. We pride ourselves on being ethical, professional and committed to our clients and our success is reflected in the way we treat our employees; staff turnover is minimal and we work hard to retain a happy workforce.

We are seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified heritage professionals with a excellent written and verbal communication skills and a minimum of three years experience in the field. The applicant must have a degree in architecture, and be a member of the RAIA or equivalent body. Applicants with skills and experience in the following areas will be viewed favourably:
-        researching heritage issues
-        provision of heritage advice to a range of clients
-        assessment of built and natural environments
-        preparation of conservation management plans
-        community consultation
-        preparing measured drawings
The ideal applicant will outgoing and personable, with knowledge of and commitment to conservation architecture, advocacy, and resource management in heritage matters.
It is expected that the successful applicant would be or become a member of Australia ICOMOS, and have knowledge and experience in best practice heritage management practices. The role will involve the provision of heritage advice various to local and state government bodies as well as contributing to other ongoing project work, reporting to the Directors.
Although our clients are located throughout regional and metropolitan Victoria, our main office is based in Port Fairy, three hours west of Melbourne. The work and working environment are flexible, and some limited work could be undertaken remotely. Heritage Matters is committed to professional development for staff, and offers a range of incentives including study leave and flexi-time for the successful applicant.
The position is offered as a permanent role for the successful candidate. Salary is negotiable, commensurate with experience and skill level.
For further information contact Annabel Walton on (03) 5568 2623 or email to register your interest at

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