E-Mail News No. 335
1) Next AI Executive Committee meeting in Sydney
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Friday 16 May 2008
2) Free Heritage Council forum at the
Briagolong Mechanics' Institute - Friday 30
3) Scholarships for the Advanced Masters in Structural Analysis of
Monuments and Historical Constructions
4) New Publication - Bones of the Ancestors: The Ambum Stone, by
5) Australia ICOMOS Canberra Talk Series
6) Announcement of the inaugural ABC Radio National's 'Marvellous
Regional Museums Award'
7) Streetwise Asia Update - Tax Free Donations Sought Pre End
8) Kingston and Arthur's Vale Historic Area - Site Manager
9) Heritage Council of Western Australia - Senior Conservation
Officer, Position No DHW01122
1) Next AI Executive Committee
meeting in Sydney
The Executive Committee is meeting in Sydney on the weekend of 31 May-1
June, and would like any NSW members who can to join them at drinks
and/or dinner on the Saturday evening, probably somewhere in Chinatown.
If you are interested, please contact Anita Krivickas
firstname.lastname@example.org) so that we have an idea of
2) Free Heritage Council forum at
the Briagolong Mechanics' Institute - Friday 30 May
Gippsland custodians of heritage objects and collections are
invited to attend a free Heritage Council forum at the Briagolong
Mechanics' Institute on Friday 30 May.
The Chair of the Heritage Council, Ms Chris Gallagher, said the heritage
collections forum was intended to support owners and custodians in the
care and management of objects and collections. "This is a great
opportunity for custodians to meet with other owners and managers and
gain insight into what makes an item significant in heritage terms,"
she said. "We are encouraging participants to bring along their
favourite object as a way of prompting discussion."
The forum will run from 9.30am until 4.00pm, with presentations from
professional historians and collection managers, including:
- Dr Meeredith Fletcher, director of the Monash University Centre for
Gippsland Studies and editor of the Gippsland Heritage Journal
- Gippsland-based historian Linda Barrraclough
Topics to be discussed include:
- the role of the Heritage Council and Victorian Heritage Register in
- what makes an object or collection 'significant
- how the process of significance assessment can improve collections
To register attendance, contact Susanna Collis, Heritage Victoria on
email@example.com or phone (03) 9637 9340.
3) Scholarships for the Advanced
Masters in Structural Analysis of Monuments and Historical
Applications for the Advanced Masters in Structural Analysis of
Monuments and Historical Constructions, approved and financially
sponsored by the Consortium are opened.
This Masters Course is organized by a consortium of leading European
Universities/Research Institutions in the field, composed by University
of Minho (coordinating institution, Portugal), the Technical University
of Catalonia (Spain), the Czech Technical University in Prague (Czech
Republic), the University of Padua (Italy) and the Institute of
Theoretical and Applied Mechanics of the Czech Academy of Sciences (Czech
Republic). The course is due to start in October 2008 and will combine
the most recent advances in research and development with practical
A significant number of scholarships, ranging from 4000 to 14000 Euro,
are available to students of any nationality. All applications received
within the application deadline, i.e. no later than 31 May 2008, are also
considered as applications to scholarships.
Please find full details on the MSc programme, as well as electronic
application procedure, on the website:
Paulo B. Lourenco
Editor of the International Journal of Architectural Heritage:
Conservation, Analysis, and Restoration
4) New Publication - Bones of the
Ancestors: The Ambum Stone, by Brian Egloff
Bones of the Ancestors: The Ambum Stone
From the New Guinea Highlands to the Antiquities Market to
by Brian Egloff
"There are two threads to Brian Egloff's story of the Ambum Stone, a
3,500-year-old sandstone carving from Papua New Guinea that appeared on
the ancient art market in London in the mid -1960s. One is the story of
the stone itself, which resembles carvings found in more recent times by
Papuan villagers and assimilated into local cults as stones of power. The
other is the story of the legal and financial complexities of the
international trade in antiquities, as the stone was removed from Papua
New Guinea in the early 1960s and bought by the National Gallery of
Australia in 1977. Egloff tells these riveting stories with fine balance,
showing how the gnarled histories of objects like the Ambum Stone are
manifestations of modern concerns with the protection of cultural
heritage." - Jack Golson, Emeritus Professor, Department of
Archaeology and Natural History, Australian National University.
The 3,000-year-old Ambum Stone, from Papua New Guinea, is the focus of
several archaeological stories. The stone itself is an interesting
artifact, an important piece of art history that tells us something about
the ancient Papuans. The stone is also at the centre of controversies
over the provenance and ownership of ancient artifacts, as it was
excavated on the island of New Guinea, transferred out of the country,
and sold on the antiquities market. In telling the story of the Ambum
Stone, Brian Egloff raises questions about what can be learned from
ancient works of art, about cultural property and the ownership of the
past, about the complex and at times shadowy world of art dealers and
collectors, and about the role ancient artifacts can play in forming the
identities of modern peoples.
About the Author
Brian Egloff is adjunct associate professor of cultural heritage
studies at the University of Canberra, in Australia, and a guest scholar
at the Getty Conservation Institute..
5) Australia ICOMOS Canberra Talk
WHAT IS HAPPENING AT OLD PARLIAMENT HOUSE?
Old Parliament House has recently been included on the National Heritage
List, and has also been funded to develop the Gallery of Australian
Democracy and the Australian Prime Ministers Centre. Come along to
Old Parliament House and hear Kate Cowie, Ree Kent and Edwina Jans talk
about Old Parliament House's future development, how OPH's new Heritage
Management Plan is working and OPH's approach to engaging and innovative
interpretation of its heritage values.
Members and the public are welcome. Refreshments provided.
This is part of a series of talks organised in Canberra by Australia
Time & Date: 5.00-6.30 pm, Thursday 22 May - the talk
will actually start at 5.30pm
Venue: Old Parliament House, King George Terrace, Parkes -
entry through the main front doors.
Please Note: the venue will be Old Parliament House and not
the National Archives for this talk.
RSVP: To Duncan Marshall at
6) Announcement of the inaugural
ABC Radio National's 'Marvellous Regional Museums Award'
Nominations for this first National Award for Regional Museums
will open on the ABC Radio National website
(www.abc.net.au/rn) on 18
ABC Radio National (ABC RN), in partnership with Museums Australia, is
pleased to invite nominations for the Marvellous Regional Museums
ABC RN has generously built a "Marvellous Regional Museums" website for
the Regional Museum Awards, within its own website.
This site will call for, explain and manage nominations for the Regional
Museums Award nationally.
The site will "open" on International Museums Day - 18 May 2008 (when the
Museums Australia Futures Forum begins.
The site will also explain the special Indigenous award for Cultural
Centres/Keeping Places - with the 'winner' to be featured by the ABC's
The ABC's "Marvellous Regional Museums" website will seek information
from nominated institutions (since only they can release authorised
public information on their own institutions and programs, together with
some authorised images).
Meanwhile the ABC is anxious to hear "community voices" - about how and
why local institutions are most valued - through a Marvellous regional
Museums "Guest Book" that ABC RN will open for this purpose as a part of
the Awards nominations period.
'Museums' includes museums, keeping places galleries, historic sites,
heritage places, botanical gardens and zoos.
Visit the ABC RN website and nominate your marvellous museum!
7) Streetwise Asia Update - Tax
Free Donations Sought Pre End Financial Year
The Streetwise Asia Fund has now been in operation for more than a
year. This is modest not for profit fund which aims to provide grass
roots assistance to conservation projects in Asia, also providing
educational and community benefits. The first project is now nearly
completed. Another key objective for the Fund is to provide
opportunities for heritage professionals to travel in Asia and become
involved in voluntary conservation work assisting with heritage projects.
For the first project, Anthony Coupe, a South Australian ICOMOS member
and his wife Felicity volunteered, and with their 12 year old son,
travelled to Laos in October 2007. Laos had been suggested by the
UNESCO Bangkok Office as there were possible projects identified which
required financial support. They travelled to Laos assessing four
possible projects and then prepared a report which identified the
Community Library and Learning Resource Centre within the Vat Phou
Champasak World Heritage Area, an area which was World Heritage Listed in
2001. The building had been vacant for some time and was in a state of
decay. Constructed in the 1930s, it is of a traditional French
Colonial style and sits amongst traditional Lao style raised timber
houses. The project had received some partial funding provided through
the Lerici Foundation and there was a shortfall, with no available budget
for re-roofing. As an initial project for the Streetwise Fund it was
ideal - as the project management structure had already been established,
and other works were underway. Photographs have just been received of the
nearly completed project and Liz Vines is able to email interested
parties copies of these.
The project funding allocation was A$13,000 which included assistance
provided for a local architect from Laos to supervise the works.
We are now investigating other projects, but the fund requires topping
up!! Established initially through the sale of the Streetwise Asia
publication, many ICOMOS members have generously contributed to the fund,
and this has been the main source of donations. The fund gains its tax
effective status by operating under the umbrella of Australind Children's
Fund, a South Australian Charity established to provide assistance for
educational and health facilities in 3rd world countries focusing at
present in Chennai, India and the Streetwise projects are very
Please contact Liz Vines on
(or mob 0419 816 525), who will email you the donation details and any
other details you may require.
Thank you again for your generosity - in anticipation!!!
PS Kristal Buckley, our International Vice President, will be
presenting a paper at the end of May on the Streetwise initiative at the
forthcoming ICOMOS conference in Washington, which has as its theme
"Developing a comprehensive approach to US participation in the global
8) Kingston and Arthur's Vale
Historic Area - Site Manager
The Australian and Norfolk Island Governments jointly manage the Kingston
and Arthur's Vale Historic Area (KAVHA) on Norfolk Island.
KAVHA is an area largely owned by the Commonwealth and is a Norfolk
Island tourist icon of territory and national significance. KAVHA is a
site on the National Heritage List and it has been nominated to the World
Heritage List with ten other convict sites across Australia.
The KAVHA Management Board is seeking applications from experienced
professional heritage managers for the position of KAVHA Site
The Site Manager will be the senior manager on-site and will be
responsible for the conservation of all buildings, structures, public
infrastructure and utilities and improvements within the site. The
successful candidate will be responsible for the provision of information
and advice to the KAVHA Management Board and the two governments on
measures for the long term protection, interpretation and promotion of
the site. The successful candidate is also expected to develop and
maintain cooperative networking relationships with other relevant
heritage and tourism organisations and bodies. These responsibilities
include leading and managing all KAVHA staff.
To obtain a copy of the selection documentation, please contact Karen
Applications close 5pm Wednesday, 28 May 2008 and should include a
statement of claim against the selection criteria, a curriculum vitae and
contact details of two referees.
The position is located on Norfolk Island. The successful applicant will
be offered a two year contract with the Commonwealth Government, with
possible extension for a further 12 months. Salary for the position will
be $80,000 per annum with other terms and conditions to be negotiated
with the successful candidate.
Further information on KAVHA is available from the
9) Heritage Council of Western
Australia - Senior Conservation Officer, Position No DHW01122
This position is responsible for investigating and assisting in preparing
assessment documentation for heritage listings at a senior level. The
position assesses heritage values and reports under the appropriate
criteria of the Heritage of Western Australia Act. The position also
plays an integral role in contributing to the strategic direction and
management of the Assessments/Registrations Program.
Closing date for applications - 5 pm (WST), 27 May 2008.
For further job related information: Stephen Carrick telephone
(08) 9220 4126.
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