E-Mail News No. 331
1) Museums Australia (MA) Museum Futures Forum
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2) VIIIth Conference on Military Monuments - new deadline for
submitting paper extracts
3) Sustainable City and Creativity Conference, Naples - call for
4) Link to Heritage South Australia's Enews
5) Nina Crone Award for Australian Garden History writing
6) Managing World Heritage Sites seminar, 27 April - 2 May 2008,
7) Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts:
Media Release - Public Submission Period Closes on Nobbys Lighthouse
8) Context P/L seeks a recent graduate for full time role
9) Senior Environmental Specialist (Heritage), RTA (NSW)
1) Museums Australia (MA) Museum
The MA Museum Futures Forum is scheduled for Sunday 18 -
Tuesday 20 May 2008 (Canberra).
As this is a participative Forum (Plenary sessions + Working Groups),
numbers will be limited to 200.
Members are invited to register to attend the Forum by checking the
Futures Forum information on the home page of the MA website
The Futures Forum is designed to capture museums-sector experience and
thought around six key themes. These themes respond, from a museums
sector perspective, to issues stated by the new federal government as
important to Australia's future - announced in the ten-topics framework
of the Government's own Australia 2020 Summit (19-20 April 2008). (See
The six themes (which MA is pursuing through six pre-Forum Working Groups
on each) are:
- 'Equity and Amenity': cultural facilities supporting the social and
economic well-being of Australian communities.
- 'Learning for Life': Australia's museums and galleries as sites of
encounter and challenge, of learning and leisure.
- 'Closing The Gap': remaking opportunities for Indigenous cultural
development & reshaping Indigenous Australians' stake in the
- 'Museums in a Changing Climate': the environment, science and
Australia's evolving natural heritage
- 'Charting Digital Futures': accessing and preserving Australia's
cultural heritage in the evolving digital interface
- 'Boosting Creativity': promoting innovation, collections,
interpretation and research through Australia's museums and galleries
Each Forum registrant will need to nominate membership of one of these
Working Groups (for afternoon venue bookings & catering;
morning plenary sessions will be at the National Library of
The Futures Forum is a key element in the MA advocacy strategy for 2008,
designed to capture museums-sector experience and ideas towards the
development of a National Policy Framework for the Museums Sector, to be
delivered to the federal government by September 2008.
Colleagues' diverse knowledge, experience, ideas, disciplinary
backgrounds and commitment to making a difference socially will steer the
quality and results of this Forum.
Please take note and register early. All key information and registration
details (including the program) is now available on the MA website,
2) VIIIth Conference on Military
Monuments - new deadline for submitting paper extracts
VIIIth CONFERENCE ON MILITARY MONUMENTS
THEME: "Sea Coast Fortification: from the onset to modern
New deadline for submitting paper extracts: 31 MAY 2008
27-29 November 2008, The Algarve University, Faro, Algarve,
The Conference on Military Monuments has been promoted by the Portuguese
Association of the Castle's Friends since 1982 with seven editions since
In celebration of the Castle's Friends 25th anniversary, the VIIIth
Conference is brought to an International level that is reflected in the
theme's choice: "Sea Coast fortification: from the onset to modern
times". This theme will permit the presentation of a wide variety of
situations and pave the way to an international debate about the future
of this type of fortification.
For more information, visit
3) Sustainable City and Creativity
Conference, Naples - call for papers
I am pleased to submit to your attention the following first announcement
and call for papers of the international meeting about Sustainable City
and Creativity to be held in Naples on 24, 25, 26 September 2008.
The aim of the Meeting is to analyse in depth the principles and
practices of the creative city for the formulation of policy lessons and
recommendations able to contribute to the building of a creative
In particular, the attention will be focused on the following issues:
- what is a creative city; how the creative city actually works, which are the key features
and the critical elements conditioning creativity; how ideas turn into
urban innovations; the drivers stimulating a city to innovate, the
barriers and the constraints
- which are the benefits of the creative city in terms of competitiveness, environment, welfare,
social stability, quality of life, vitality
- which are the key assets, infrastructures and tools required to promote creative processes
in cities towards competitive, sustainable and cohesive places, and how
public policy can influence the creative city
The Scientific Committee - composed of Sir Peter Hall, Tuzin Baycan
Levent, Roberto Camagni , Giuliana Di Fiore, Francesco Forte, Luigi Fusco
Girard, Klaus Kunzmann, Peter Nijkamp, John Rees, Pierluigi
Sacco and Roger Stough - has been involved in order to identify the
The Conference will involve representatives from Universities, Research
Centres, international and national public Institutions, business sector
and civil society.
The draft program is available at
http://www.creativecity2008.eu/ocs. As you can see, the Meeting will
open with a Round Table. There will be three Plenary Sessions and two
Parallel Sessions. A Poster Session is expected too.
A final document will be presented as conference outcome, to be sent to
government institutions, city networks and research institutions.
If you have any interest in exchanging research results, experiences,
best practices about the role of creativity in promoting urban city
sustainable development please consider to submit an abstract (30 - 60
lines in English) for attending the Meeting, specifying the title, your
name and institutional affiliation and the interested Session. The number
of Sessions to be activated will be defined according to the selected
The papers should present theoretical approach (full research paper with
innovative results) and/or practical experiences with ex post evaluation
and lessons learned and/or preliminary ideas with work in progress.
The abstract submission will close on 15 June 2008. The
date of notification of refereeing results is not later than 31 July
2008. The final paper submission will close on 3 September
The papers to be presented and then published in a proceeding volume will
Full details are available on the Meeting website at:
Looking forward to welcome you in Naples next September, I thank you very
Luigi Fusco Girard
(President, ICOMOS ISC "Economics of Conservation")
4) Link to Heritage South
To view the April 2008 issue of Heritage South Australia's
5) Nina Crone Award for Australian
Garden History writing
$1000 + certificate of recognition for an original article of 1000-1500
words relating to Australian garden history, with accompanying
illustrations and/or images, if appropriate.
The award is intended to encourage new and emerging scholars in the
writing of Australian garden history and recognise excellence in such
To publish articles on a broad range of topics related to Australian
garden history in the Society's journal Australian Garden
The award is open to students nationally.
Closing date for final submission - 31 July 2008
Expressions of interest, in the form of a brief abstract, 50-100 words,
should be submitted as soon as possible.
Both submissions can be sent electronically to
firstname.lastname@example.org, or mailed to
Australian Garden History Society, 100 Birdwood Avenue, Melbourne VIC
Eligibility and basis of submissions
The award is available to students.
Articles submitted must not have been previously published and associated
research must have been completed within the last two years.
Application of sound research methodology
- Definition of research question and establishment of context
- Identification and use of relevant sources (sites, archives, etc)
- Appropriate use of primary and secondary sources
- Accuracy, fairness of representation and attributions, etc.
Effectiveness of communication
- Cohesion and effectiveness of argument
- Written and illustrative literacy
- Clarity of expression
- Integration of text, illustrations and images
Nomination and judging procedures
- Submissions will be judged by the Editorial Advisory Committee for the journal Australian
Garden History who will recommend a winner
- In any year that there is more than one outstanding submission the Editorial Advisory Committee
may make more than one award
- The award will not be granted if it is judged that there is not an article of a sufficiently
- The Editorial Advisory Committee will have the discretion to publish non award winning
6) Managing World Heritage Sites
seminar, 27 April - 2 May 2008, Edinburgh
This seminar is run in partnership with the UK National Commission
for UNESCO and will be of interest to senior professionals in the
cultural heritage sector and government officials with responsibility for
the historic environment, those managing World Heritage sites and those
planning to submit a bid for World Heritage status.
It will explore strategies for developing, managing and protecting World
Heritage sites, drawing on the expertise developed in the UK and looking
at three specific case studies of World Heritage sites: the Old and New
Town of Edinburgh, the 18th century cotton mill village of New Lanark and
the Roman frontier of Hadrian's Wall.
The topics covered will include:
- the role of the World Heritage convention and the significance of
World Heritage sites
- the Tentative List process
- the benefits of World Heritage status
- developing a management plan
- balancing the need for conservation with the demand for public access
- new buildings in World Heritage sites
- working with the community
- developing cultural tourism
- protection and sustainability
The seminar is co-directed by Ms Jane Weeks, a museum and heritage
consultant specialising in strategic planning, project management and
income generation, and Professor Peter Stone, Director of the
International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies at the University
of Newcastle, and a member of the Culture Committee of the UK National
Commission for UNESCO.
This is a five-day residential seminar. The fee is 1,000 euro. For further
information about the seminar, including an application form, visit:
www.britishcouncil.org/seminars-arts-0894.htm or contact Louise
Cowper by email
of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts: Media Release - Public
Submission Period Closes on Nobbys Lighthouse
More than 400 submissions had been received from the Newcastle
community regarding a proposed development around Nobbys Lighthouse on Nobbys Headland in
Newcastle, Heritage Minister Peter Garrett said today.
Mr Garrett said that he would give the submissions received during the 10
day consultation period full and thorough consideration before making a final decision on
the development proposal before him.
"Before making a final decision on this particular development proposal I
advised both the proponent and the local community of my proposed decision not to allow
this particular development. However, before reaching a final decision I will consider
the further feedback I have received from the community and the proponent.
"I am encouraged by the number of responses and value the effort people
have made to inform me of their views. I will consider the content of each submission
before making a final decision."
Mr Garrett said that some of submissions received included input from a
large number of people, for example one submission included more than 400 comments
received through a local website.
"Nobbys Lighthouse is the oldest surviving lighthouse in New South Wales
and is an icon of Newcastle City. I will of course be making my decision taking this into
account along with the advice of my Department, an independent heritage report and the
community feedback received through this process."
The Minister's final decision will be published on the Department of
Environment, Heritage, Water and the Arts website as soon as a final determination has been
Media contact: Ben Pratt 0419 968 734
8) Context P/L seeks a recent
graduate for full time role
Context is seeking a recent graduate to work full-time in our
busy consultancy business. Context specialises in strategic planning,
research and consultation for heritage, environment and community
projects. The person appointed to this role would join our
multidisciplinary team of professionals in consultation, planning,
architecture, history, archaeology, organisational change, facilitation,
and more. We are located in Brunswick.
The graduate trainee position is a full-time entry level position, and is
suitable for a recent graduate in a humanities discipline or perhaps an
exceptional undergraduate who is taking 1-2 years away from their studies
to build work skills and a greater appreciation of opportunities in their
In this role you will gain exposure to a broad range of projects and
develop an understanding of what is involved in the successful planning,
management and delivery of consultancy services. You will get a chance to
develop your knowledge and skills.
For a detailed position description please email
Applications close on Monday 5 May 2008.
9) Senior Environmental Specialist
(Heritage), RTA (NSW)
Environmental Officer (Heritage)
Position No: 50081602
An exciting and unique opportunity exists for a highly motivated and
dynamic individual to join the RTA's Environmental Team.
The successful applicant will lead a team with an organisational wide
brief to develop RTA heritage (including Aboriginal cultural heritage)
policy and provide specialist advice, leadership and technical expertise
to deliver heritage outcomes across RTA projects and programs.
An attractive salary package and flexible working conditions are
If this sounds like an opportunity that you would be interested in,
please visit the
www.jobs.nsw.gov.au website or
contact Michael Crowley on (02) 9218 6420 for further information.
Direct link for this position:
Applications close 2 May 2008.
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