E-Mail News No. 338
1) Fremantle Prison seeks touring exhibitions
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2) 2009 EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards -
Call for entries
3) Invitation to enter competition for a measured drawing of a
4) The Best in Heritage, Dubrovnik, Croatia, 25 - 27 September
5) Friends of Woodman Point Recreation Camp Inc seeks expressions
of interest for a new project
6) News from ICCROM
7) Streetwise Asia Update - Tax Deductible Donations Sought Pre End
8) National News from Australia ICOMOS
9) First Announcement - Australia ICOMOS Conference 2009
10) APT Montreal 2008 - discounted registration rates expire on August
11) Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts: Media
Release - Indigenous Protection of Cape York
12) Adelaide Park Lands Cultural Landscape Assessment available
1) Fremantle Prison seeks touring
Fremantle Prison is seeking touring exhibitions that are relevant
to its program. We are particularly interested in social history,
museum and art exhibitions, especially those that relate in some way to
Western Australia, Fremantle or the Prison. For example, we showed the
Museum Victoria/Immigration Museum's touring exhibition Destinations
Australia, which featured Fremantle as a port city. Note - we are not
seeking exhibition proposals.
The Prison Gallery is an A grade exhibition space with full climate
control (temperature and humidity) and adjustable light levels. There are
two gallery spaces providing approximately 190 square metres for
exhibitions. The building is fully secured and alarmed.
Fremantle Prison recently produced and curated the highly successful
exhibition Escape! From Fremantle to Freedom. The exhibition has
just completed a national tour with support from Visions of Australia.
Please contact Sandra Murray, Head Curator on 08 9336 9201 or email
Speakers include: professors Ian Jack (University of Sydney) and Miles
Lewis (University of Melbourne) and local conservation practitioners
specialising in structural analysis, timber technology, roofing systems
and conservation works.
2) 2009 EU Prize for Cultural
Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards - Call for entries
- architectural heritage
- cultural landscapes
- works of art and collections of artistic and historic significance
- archaeological sites
- industrial and engineering heritage
Outstanding achievements in the field of heritage conservation and
enhancement will be awarded in the following categories:
3. Dedicated Service by Individuals or Organisations
4. Education, Training and Awareness-Raising
Available from 30 May 2008 at
1 October 2008
Sander van der Ven, Heritage Awards Coordinator,
+31 70 302 40 59
3) Invitation to enter competition
for a measured drawing of a Georgian building
In celebration of HRH The Prince of Wales's sixtieth birthday in
November, The Georgian Group, in association with The Prince's Drawing
School and the Traditional Architecture Group of the Royal Institute of
British Architects, is organising a prize competition for a measured
drawing of a Georgian building.
The aim of the competition, which is open to British, Commonwealth and US
citizens under 40, is to promote and reward excellence in measured
architectural drawing and to encourage close study and understanding of
For the purposes of the competition, the term 'Georgian building' means
any building completed in the period 1660-1840, whether in Britain or
First prize is 1000 pounds, second prize is 750 pounds and third prize is 500 pounds.
Winning and shortlisted entries will be exhibited in London.
Full details and an entry form can be downloaded from
The deadline for entries is Friday 19 September 2008.
Printed copies of the form are available on request.
The Georgian Group, founded in 1937, is the British charity for the
protection of Georgian buildings, townscapes, monuments, parks and
gardens. It has a statutory role in advising English and Welsh planning
authorities on proposals to alter or demolish listed Georgian buildings
and handles around 6000 such applications every year. His Royal Highness
The Prince of Wales is Patron of The Georgian Group.
Robert Bargery, Director, The Georgian Group
6 Fitzroy Square, London W1T 5DX, UNITED KINGDOM
+44 (0)20 7529 8928
4) 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. A Global Heritage
Forum (GHF), a special session on excellence and innovation, will also be
part of the event. For further information about the GHF session,
For further information, visit the links below:
2008 programme at:
Details about Poster Session at:
To participate, please register at:
5) Friends of Woodman Point
Recreation Camp Inc seeks expressions of interest for a new project
PROPOSED DISPLAY SHOWCASES
For Woodman Point Recreation Camp, Western Australia
Friends of Woodman Point Recreation Camp (Inc) was incorporated on 10
May 2001. Its purpose is to assist the Department of Sport and Recreation
(DSR) and the Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) with
heritage interpretation of the former quarantine station and other sites
within Woodman Point Regional Park, and to manage the community use of
the former Isolation Hospital.
Aims of the Project:
Friends' goal in commissioning the project is to provide context to
engage with the history of public health and quarantine in Western
Australia. Park visitors are the intended audience for that
interpretation. Currently approximately 2,000 people visit the Recreation
Camp each year, and 280,000 people visit other areas within the Park.
Future audiences may include those seeking a heritage tourism
The proposed project (which is subject to a successful grant application
from Lotterywest), will be to:
1. Record details and photograph all
moveable heritage known to have provenance to the former quarantine
station. Assistance with this task will be provided by either a DSR staff
member or a Friends' volunteer. There are not many objects, and they
include: an iron bed head; two pickets from the cemetery; bottles;
crematorium tools; washing machines; and a linen trolley. Museum object
data sheets should be used, and a report should be submitted to Friends
on project completion.
2. Commission and install display showcases
in the foyer of the recreation camp office and to fit-out the displays
with text and photographic panels and possibly some of the old quarantine
station objects. Methods should include designing lay-outs, researching
themes and writing text, and displaying objects with due regard to their
conservation. Friends' volunteers will provide research materials,
photographs and interpretive support.
The proposed starting date is December 2008. Themes and lay-out
designs should be presented to the March 2009 Friends' Committee meeting,
together with the consultant's report on moveable heritage. The
deadline for the consultant to produce, fit-out and install the display
showcases is July 2009.
The total budget will be the grant received by Lotterywest for this
project, with $5,000 contribution in kind support from Friends and $5,000
contribution in kind support from DSR.
The consultant should demonstrate that he/she is suitably qualified
and experienced in museum practice, has research and interpretive writing
skills of a high order, and demonstrated experience in project management
and meeting project deadlines.
Expressions of interest:
Interested consultants should visit the DSR camp office to view the
interpretive space and to discuss showcase options.
For further information, please contact:
Gail Dodd, MA, MPHA, MICOMOS
Hon. Historian, Friends of Woodman Point (Inc)
On 9397 0990 (evenings and weekends), or email:
Expressions of interest should include a quotation, an explanation of
services provided, and a CV. The closing date for submissions is 30
6) News from ICCROM
Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage in the Asia -
Pacific Region 2008: research, analysis and preservation of
Applications are now open for the course on 'Research, analysis and
preservation of archaeological sites', to be held in Nara, Japan from 9
September - 9 October 2008.
Application deadline: 30 June
Stone Conservation 2009
Applications are now open for the course on 'Stone Conservation
2009', to be held in Venice, Italy from 8 - 12 September 2008.
Application deadline: 30 June 2008
AFRICA 2009 - Intangible Aspects of Sacred Heritage Sites
Applications are now open for the course on 'AFRICA 2009 - Intangible
Aspects of Sacred Heritage Sites', to be held in Accra, Ghana from 8 - 12
Application deadline: 30 June 2008
ATHAR: Conservation and management of heritage sites in the Arab
Applications are now open for the course on 'Conservation and
management of heritage sites', to be held in Sharjah, United Arab
Emirates from 27 October - 4 December 2008.
Application deadline: 6 June 2008
Heritage news in the media worldwide
A monthly compilation of media articles on heritage topics.
Obviously, these all reflect the viewpoints of the authors.
Wood conservation technology course has commenced
The 13th International Course on Wood Conservation Technology
(ICWCT08) started on 26 May in Oslo, Norway at the Norwegian Directorate
for Cultural Heritage (Riksantikvaren).
Mosaics in the Mediterranean meeting
ICCROM hosted a meeting on the conservation of mosaics in the
Mediterranean region in order to understand current needs and to develop
a regional strategy.
World Day for Cultural Diversity
UNESCO is celebrating the dialogue of cultures through words, sounds
and images on 21 May, World Day for Cultural Diversity. The entry into
force a year ago of the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the
Diversity of Cultural Expressions throws a particular light on this
year's celebration of the event.
International museum day
On 18 May, International Museum Day was celebrated all over the
world. The event provides an opportunity for museum professionals to meet
the public and alert them to the challenges that museums face if they are
to be - as in the ICOM definition of museums - 'an institution in the
service of society and of its development'.
AFRICA 2009: financial partners meeting
From 8 to 9 May 2008, ICCROM hosted the annual meeting of the
financial partners of the AFRICA 2009 programme.
ICCROM welcomes Mr Ken Kanai
ICCROM is pleased to welcome Mr Ken Kanai who has been seconded by
the government of Japan to succeed Mr Sadahiko Tanaka as a project
manager for the Sites Unit.
New PDF: The Role of Architecture in Preventive Conservation
ICCROM Fellowship report by Franciza Toledo that discusses the
climate responsiveness of historic and modern buildings, especially when
reused for museum purposes.
ICOM-CC triennial pre-prints
The 15th Triennial Conference of the ICOM-CC will take place in New
Delhi, India, 22-26 September 2008.
John Ashurst, a long-time ICCROM collaborator in the field of
conservation of masonry and mortars, died at his home in the United
Kingdom on 19 May 2008. He was 71 years old.
7) Streetwise Asia Update - Tax
Deductible 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) National News from Australia
We know that many members are interested to know what Australia
ICOMOS and the National Cultural Heritage Forum are doing to establish a
dialogue with the new national Government, to pursue new national-level
strategies for supporting the conservation of cultural heritage, and to
establish a solid and effective relationship with the new Minister for
the Environment, Heritage & the Arts, the Hon. Peter Garrett, MP.
We have been fairly busy behind the scenes, although our progress has
been modest so far. We will prepare updates on a number of matters for
the email news over the coming weeks and months.
The National Cultural Heritage Forum will meet in mid-June to do some
further planning, and we will provide some news about that later in the
The Federal Budget
First of all, here is a quick report on the recent announcement of
the Federal Budget by the Treasurer, Wayne Swan.
We are very grateful to James Shevlin, head of the Heritage Division of
DEWHA for providing representatives of the National Cultural Heritage
Forum with a general briefing following the budget announcement. The NCHF
Secretariat has circulated some summary notes which are available to our
members on request from the Australia ICOMOS Secretariat. Thanks to
Duncan Marshall for working on the summary for the Forum.
In short, this is definitely a glass-half-full or glass-half-empty
situation, depending on your starting expectations!
As anticipated, the new Government's first budget was a very unforgiving
one for heritage funding. Things could have undoubtedly been worse -
Australia ICOMOS particularly welcomes the news that the Department's
budget for staffing and 'normal' operations has been maintained at
more-or-less previous levels - as sufficient numbers of suitably
qualified and experienced staff are critical to the effective workings of
the EPBC Act.
Unfortunately the budget continues the downward trend for Federal
heritage spending which has persisted uninterrupted for more than 10
On the plus side - promised funding for the package of measures for the
long-term conservation of the natural and cultural values of the Kokoda
Track in Papua New Guinea, for Kakadu, and for the Point Nepean Community
Trust have been continued, and new funding of $500,000 has been provided
for the Albert Hall in Canberra.
On the downside, the National Heritage Investment Initiative (NHII), has
tapered off to a very modest amount for its final year and has not been
'topped up' by the Government, nor is there any suggestion at this stage
that it will be extended or replaced by another grant program.
Beyond these specific interests in the budget, we have also scanned the
key/new funding initiatives of the Government as these could be important
opportunities for collaboration across sectors, and to ensure a holistic
approach which includes recognition for Australia's heritage. This year,
the Caring for our Country, Better Regions and the Building Australia
Fund announcements are especially interesting.
The budget documents can be accessed at
http://www.budget.gov.au/2008-09/index.htm, and the budget overview
for the environment is available at
To make the best of the current situation, it will be essential for
cultural heritage groups such as Australia ICOMOS to develop some
well-crafted proposals for new funding. As always, we welcome the input
and assistance of all Australia ICOMOS members.
Peter Phillips - President, Australia ICOMOS
Kristal Buckley - NCHF Chair
Susan McIntyre-Tamwoy - NCHF Secretariat
9) First Announcement - Australia
ICOMOS Conference 2009
Australia ICOMOS Annual Conference, 7-10 July 2009, Sydney,
Presented in association with ICOMOS 20th Century International
Scientific Committee, Association for Preservation Technology
(Australia), DOCOMOMO Australia, Royal Australian Institute of Architects
and International Union of Architects.
Internationally renowned experts on conserving 20th Century heritage
places will meet in Sydney Australia during 7-10 July 2009.
They will examine developments and trends in identifying, managing and
conserving 20th Century heritage places, providing opportunities to
participate in the current debate about heritage values and places of the
last century, and their conservation, management and interpretation.
Six broad sub-themes provide particular focus for Conference
- Re-engaging with the original designer
- War in the Pacific
- Vulnerable periods & styles
- Managing 20thC obsolescence
- Re-thinking colonial heritage
- The single house under threat
Technical papers will be incorporated into the program, examining
conservation issues related to building services, cladding, glass curtain
walls, finishes and proprietary items.
This event will consist of two and a half days of presentations; and an
afternoon of tours; preceded by a day devoted to meetings of the ICOMOS
ISC20C and Australia ICOMOS, as well as meetings of a number of the other
heritage groups associated with the conference. A highlight will be the
public lecture at the Sydney Opera House.
This conference will appeal to historians, archaeologists, engineers,
architects, town planners, landscape architects and others with an
interest in the rich diversity of the 20th Century.
Tuesday 7 July 2009:
Committee meetings; early registration; and evening welcome event at
Wednesday 8 July 2009:
Morning registration; Conference introduction; keynote speakers; and
evening public talk at the Sydney Opera House
Thursday 9 July 2009:
Conference papers; afternoon tours (Sydney Opera House, Castlecrag;
Walsh Bay, Sydney CBD); and Conference dinner at The Summit.
Friday 10 July 2009:
Conference papers; and surprise evening Finale.
Post Conference Tours (Saturday/Sunday 11-12 July 2009)
Post-Conference tours include Canberra (11 and 12 July); North Shore
Modernism (11 July); War Sites on Sydney Harbour (11 July); and Sydney
City (11 July)
Venue and Date
The Conference will be held on 7-10 July 2009 at the Sydney Masonic
Centre, corner of Castlereagh and Goulburn Streets, Sydney, NSW,
Call for Contributions
We are seeking contributions related to the Conference six sub-themes
and on technical aspects of conserving 20th Century heritage places.
Selected authors will be invited to either present at the Conference or
take part as panellists. Other abstracts will be presented to the
attendees in brief by the Conference Committee, with digital images
provided by the authors.
Submit your abstract to Scott Robertson at:
Deadline for one page abstracts: 28 September 2008
Acceptance of papers: 30 November 2008
Dead line for completed papers: 01 March 2009
Registration and Lodgings
Conference fees will be advised in August 2008.
A variety of accommodation, including youth hostels, serviced apartments,
the YWCA, boutique and major hotels, is readily available within 10
minutes walking distance of the conference venue.
Convenors: Sheridan Burke (ISC20C) and Ian Kelly (Sydney
Harbour Foreshore Authority)
Committee: Alan Croker (Australia ICOMOS); Scott Robertson
(Docomomo Australia); David West (APT Australia); Robert Moore
(Docomomo Australia); Caroline Butler-Bowdon (Historic Houses
Trust); Anne Higham (RAIA); Dr Zeny Edwards (National Trust
of Australia); and Louise Cox (UIA).
Historic Houses Trust, Sydney Opera House, Godden Mackay Logan, and
Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority.
A 'Save the date' flyer for distribution and display will be available on
the Australia ICOMOS website shortly.
Regular updates on the conference will be posted on the Australia ICOMOS
10) APT Montreal 2008 - discounted
registration rates expire on August 17
APT is celebrating its 40th Anniversary and would like you to celebrate
with them. Please join them on October 13-17, 2008 in Montreal, Quebec,
Canada for the Association for Preservation Technology International's
2008 Annual Conference.
for detailed information and an on-line registration form.
Note: discounted registration rates expire on 17 August 2008.
NOTE: A passport is now required to enter Canada from the United
States, as well as from other countries. Apply for or renew yours
For detailed conference information, the conference brochure is at
11) Department of the Environment,
Water, Heritage and the Arts: Media Release - Indigenous Protection of
Almost 2,000 square kilometres of lush tropical habitat on Cape
York will be protected from today in Australia's 25th Indigenous
Protected Area (IPA) - the Kaanju Ngaachi Wenlock and Pascoe Rivers
Environment Minister, Peter Garrett congratulated the community for their
tireless work to protect Kaanju Ngaachi's landscapes, plants and
"Fifteen years after the Keating Government first championed the idea of
Indigenous Protected Areas, I am delighted to support the declaration of
Australia's 25th IPA at Kaanju Ngaachi," Mr Garrett said.
"Kaanju Ngaachi's forests are among the most diverse and unspoiled in the
world and its rivers contain a remarkable abundance of freshwater fish
species. The IPA protects habitat for species such as the
nationally-endangered southern cassowary, the fish eagle and the
yellow-faced whip snake."
Mr Garrett said that as well as conserving biodiversity, the Government's
support will provide meaningful employment for local Indigenous people,
helping them care for their country accordingto international
"In the next year alone the Rudd Labor Government will invest up to
$660,000 through the Working on Country element of our Caring for our Country initiative to
help Kaanju Ngaachi's Aboriginal owners care for this extraordinary stretch of land.
"The support we are providing will create at least three Indigenous
ranger jobs straight away, with more jobs to come," Mr Garrett said.
"The Caring for our Country funding will help rangers use their knowledge
and expertise to control weeds and feral animals, monitor water quality
and look after fragile lagoon environments, survey and map cultural sites
and train up the younger generation to care for country.
"This important work benefits all Australians and delivers tangible
employment benefits for the people here, with spin-offs in health, education and social
Like all of Australia's IPAs, Kaanju Ngaachi now becomes part of the
National Reserve System, a network of parks and reserves where examples
of our biodiversity are protected for future generations.
For more information on Kaanju Ngaachi Wenlock and Pascoe Rivers IPA
12) Adelaide Park Lands Cultural
Landscape Assessment available
Adelaide City Council has made available on its website the
completed Cultural Landscape Assessment of the Adelaide Park Lands.
This comprises a major investigation into the heritage qualities and
components of the Adelaide Park Lands & Squares. The study has
regard to internationally-accepted methodologies and represents a
precedent in Australia for its level of investigation, documentation, and
consideration of a significant cultural landscape.
The Assessment Study is located at:
Further information can be obtained from:
Customer Centre, Adelaide City Council, firstname.lastname@example.org,
(08) 8203 7203 or Dr David Jones, University of Adelaide,
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