Australia ICOMOS E-Mail News No. 379
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Friday 27 March 2009


1)  Another (Un)Loved Modern Conference update

2)  Australia ICOMOS New Membership Applications

3) Tour of Fortifications around Port Phillip Heads, 17 - 19 April 2009

4) Australia ICOMOS Sydney Observatory Tour, Friday 17 April, 8.15 pm

5) 2009 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards for Culture Heritage Conservation - deadline extended

6) Australian Council of National Trusts Media Release March 2009 - nominations open for Our heritage at risk 2009

7) News from ICOMOS International Secretariat


1) Another (Un)Loved Modern Conference update


Earlybird registrations close next Wednesday 1 April


Make it your weekend task to register for the (Un)Loved Modern Conference in Sydney, because early bird registrations close next Wednesday, 1 April 2009.  Full information about registrations, including costs, is available from the  conference website, 


Sydney Opera House Round Table announced!


On Wed 8 July, a distinguished panel of speakers will participate in a round table panel session on the Sydney Opera House entitled "Conserving and Managing a Twentieth Century Icon".  Moderated by Joan Domicelj, the panel will comprise Maria Sykes (SOH), Richard Johnson (JPW), Jan Utzon (by video), Susan Macdonald (GCI), and Alan Croker (Design5).


Register now to ensure you can be present for this round table at the (Un)Loved Modern Conference in Sydney.


List of papers growing


Choices, choices, tantalising choices!!  The technical papers at the (Un)Loved Modern Conference will be presented in seven themes over six sessions, each with three parallel streams!  The themes can be viewed on the conference website, along with the titles and authors of those papers already confirmed.


Wednesday 8 July Evening Lecture at the Sydney Opera House


Now we know that you've been looking at the program, and you've noticed that we have an Evening Lecture scheduled at the Sydney Opera House on the evening of Wednesday 8 July, but haven't been able to find any more details about it.  That's because we've still been finalising details for this part of the conference program.  We can now tell you that there will be a 1 hour lecture in the Utzon Room between 7-8pm.  Speakers selected from the members of the ICOMOS ISC Twentieth Century and the Conference keynote speakers will discuss the topic "UnLoved Modern: its Place and Progress on the World Heritage List".  Attendance at this event will be limited to 120.  We will therefore offer the opportunity of attending the event to conference delegates in the order that they registered and paid.  That means you should register and pay now if you want to have the possibility of attending this evening lecture.


Earlybird registrations close soon


Register now to save on your registration fee at the (Un)Loved Modern Conference in Sydney.  Early bird registrations will close on 1 April 2009.  Full information about registrations, including costs, is available from the conference website,


Contact us


If you have a specific question relating to the (Un)Loved Modern Conference please do not hesitate to contact the Secretariat on or +61 2 9518 7722.


2) Australia ICOMOS New Membership Applications


If you have been considering joining ICOMOS or know someone who has been thinking of joining, now is the time!


• ICOMOS Members are eligible for discounted registration for the (Un)Loved Modern Conference 2009 in Sydney, Tuesday 7th July- Friday 10th July.


• Also if you register early for the conference you can get early bird rates.


• If you join ICOMOS soon, you may be eligible for 15 months for the price of 12 months as well


There are lots of benefits of joining ICOMOS – not only the fantastic people you will meet but Membership of Australia ICOMOS brings discounts at ICOMOS functions, at many conferences in Australia and internationally and on ICOMOS publications. The E-mail News provides a weekly bulletin board of information and events in Australia and overseas, including state based events, conferences and site visits, as well as information on heritage publications, funding and grant opportunities, course details and job offers. Members also receive a number of issues annually of the Australia ICOMOS refereed journal Historic Environment. Applications for members to join the Australia ICOMOS Executive Committee (EC) are encouraged from all states and territories. For Young Professional and full Members, the International ICOMOS card gives free or reduced rate entry to many historic and cultural sites.


Australia ICOMOS welcomes new members and would like to encourage students and young cultural heritage graduates to apply for membership. There are various membership categories and applications can be to be made to the Secretariat:


• Those who are interested in ICOMOS but who do not meet the requirements for full membership, or else do not have heritage conservation as their core focus, could apply to become Associates of ICOMOS.


• Those at the beginning of a career in architecture, archaeology, planning or history with 3 years experience and who are under 30 years of age may be eligible for Young Professional membership at reduced rates.


• Heritage professionals, with at least 3 years of heritage experience may be eligible for full Membership.


The membership forms and details are available on the web page and from Georgia Meros at the Secretariat, phone (03) 9251 7131 or All applications are received at the Secretariat and referred to the Executive Committee (EC) for consideration. Completed applications must be received 4-6 weeks before the Executive Committee meeting date to allow consideration. If received after this, they are held over to the next meeting.


Please note, to be considered at the May 2009 Executive Committee meeting, applications would need to be in to the Secretariat by the 2 APRIL 2009.


Think about it now.


Please send in applications to the Australia ICOMOS Secretariat or if further information is required contact the Membership Secretary, Helen Wilson at


3) Tour of Fortifications around Port Phillip Heads, 17 - 19 April 2009


Friday 17 to Sunday 19 April 2009

To Mark World Monument Day, 18 April 2009


A three day tour has been arranged to mark World Monument Day, the theme of which this year is Science and Heritage. 


The fortifications around Port Phillip Heads were essential to the defence of the ports of Melbourne and Geelong from the Gold Rushes to the Second World War.  They comprise Fort Queenscliff, Point Nepean and South Channel Fort.  The former two are well known and much loved.  The latter, an artificial island just inside the Heads, is particularly interesting for its 'disappearing' guns but is very difficult to access.  All three sites display a sequence of development based on the technical innovations of military science.


The tour begins with a reception at Fort Queenscliffe at 4.00 pm on Friday 17 April followed by an official welcome and launch by the Mayor of the Borough of Queenscliffe.  Jane Ainsworth and Timothy Hubbard will present an informal talk on the guns and cannon of south-west Victoria, some of which have been identified as having outstanding international significance.  Dinner will be at a local restaurant.


The main part of the tour is an all-day journey by charter boat on Saturday 18 April starting at Queenscliff Pier at 9.00 am.  This will include an extended stopover on South Channel Fort with a leading expert on the fortifications from Parks Victoria.  The next stop will be Portsea with another extended site visit to Point Nepean.  Again, leading experts will explain the development of the site, its identification and protection under the Commonwealth Government, and the fight to have the land returned to the State Government as a national park.  The Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park now incorporates much of the landscapes and seascapes around the Heads.  Weather and time permitting, the return journey to Queenscliffe will include Pope's Eye, the other artificial island which was not developed into a fort.  Dinner will be at another local restaurant.


On Sunday there will be a private and extended inspection of Fort Queenscliff led by the fort's professional guides.  The tour will conclude about lunchtime on Sunday 19 April.


The tour will cost $155 per person for ICOMOS members and $170 for non-members.  Unfortunately there cannot be any discounts or concessions because of the cost of the charter boat.  The cost includes: the opening reception and talk on Friday, the boat trip, lunch and other refreshments on Saturday, and the extended inspection of Fort Queenscliff on Sunday, as well as tour notes and admissions.  Payment can be made by credit card using the form attached to this e-newsletter.  Places are strictly limited and payment in full must be received by close of business on Tuesday 14 April (Easter Tuesday). 


Accommodation is plentiful in Queenscliff but participants are advised to book as soon as possible to confirm their accommodation. 


Further enquiries can be made from Timothy Hubbard, Victorian state representative of the Australia ICOMOS Executive Committee by phone on (03) 5568 2623 and 0419 353 195 and by email on


4) Australia ICOMOS Sydney Observatory Tour, Friday 17 April, 8.15 pm


The first NSW State event for this year is planned to coincide with World Monuments Day, the theme of which is Heritage and Science. As it is also the International Year of Astronomy, we have provisionally booked the Sydney Observatory on Friday evening, 17 April, at 8.15 pm, for a special Australia ICOMOS tour and talk on the heritage of astronomy in Australia. The cost will be about $15 per person, and numbers will be strictly limited to 40 people. The booking needs to be confirmed by 1 April, so if NSW members wish to come to this event, please let Peter Phillips know by e-mail ( before 1 April 2009.


5) 2009 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards for Culture Heritage Conservation - deadline extended


The deadline for receipt of entries for the 2009 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards for Culture Heritage Conservation has been extended.  It was previously 31 March 2009, and will now be 15 April 2009.


This date is nevertheless very soon, and we encourage all those who are considering entering projects for the 2009 Awards to do so as soon as possible.


The awards programme, in its tenth year, recognizes the achievement of individuals and organizations within the private sector, and public-private initiatives, in successfully restoring structures of heritage value in the Asia-Pacific region. 


For more information, please visit our website:


Entry forms and regulations can be downloaded from here:


6) Australian Council of National Trusts Media Release March 2009 - nominations open for Our heritage at risk 2009


The chairman of the Australian Council of National Trusts, Dr Graeme L. Blackman, speaking on behalf of all 8 National Trust organisations and their 80 000 members, today invited nominations to its "Our Heritage at Risk" program.


Dr Blackman warned Australians of the many risks their heritage is facing. "Throughout the country important heritage is in danger of being lost to future generations of Australians. This program, by working with other heritage, conservation and community groups aims to engage all Australians in seeking for solutions."


"By raising awareness of the value of and the risks to our heritage, we hope to avert some of these losses for the benefit of all."


"The two-tiered program is in its third year and has already had some notable successes. Last year the controversial North Bank project in Brisbane was abandoned on the day the National Top Ten Our Heritage at Risk List was announced."


"Our heritage is important in understanding our past and who we are," said Dr Blackman. "Sites of national, state and local heritage significance, such as Coorong and Lower Lakes and historic suburbs such as Ku-ring-gai, Sydney and important heritage collections are at risk of demolition, deterioration, damage, devaluation or disposal. Much important heritage, particularly around Marysville has been destroyed by the recent devastating Victorian bushfires."


"It is not only places that can be nominated," Dr Blackman said. "Moveable heritage, objects and collections, and even intangible heritage can be nominated to the program. Our heritage at risk includes built, natural and multi- cultural, including indigenous, heritage. For instance, many indigenous languages and traditional skills are at risk of being lost forever."


Dr Blackman advised that nominations will be accepted until World Heritage Day on April 18th. Nominations of heritage that can be shown to be at real risk should be submitted to State and Territory National Trusts. How to nominate may vary between states and this is explained on the Our Heritage at Risk website


State and Territory Our Heritage at Risk lists will be released in July, and the National

Top Ten Our Heritage at Risk list will be announced in November 2009.


For further information contact: Maree Treadwell on (02) 6247 6766


7) News from ICOMOS International Secretariat


International Committee of the Blue Shield (ICBS): Call for support from the City Archive in Cologne

Message from the ANCBS

Last week we received a request for assistance from the City Archive of Cologne. This archive is known as the most important City Archive north of the Alps and its destruction is a great loss to European Heritage.


Colleagues from archives in Cologne and other cities have quickly given their support. But this rescue operation will go on for many months, so additional offers for support are very welcome, from individual archivists and conservators as well as from institutions like archives, libraries and centres of professional education.


One of the objectives of Blue Shield is to support the recovery after the destruction of cultural heritage. We therefore forward this request to our relations. Please find the request below.


When you intent to respond to this request, you can contact the e-mail addresses as mentioned in the request.


We would appreciate it very much if you inform the ANCBS coordination centre in The Hague too, since monitoring emergency response helps ANCBS to fulfil its coordinating tasks.

ICBS statement in support of the cologne Archive:


Request for the organisation of voluntary professional support and temporary storage rooms for the remaining archive material


In the last few days the City Archive Cologne (Stadtarchiv Koln) and other related institutions received numerous offers for assistance. Therefore, the Cologne secretariat of culture (Kolnerkulturdezerant) had a task force meeting at the 8th of March 2009. At this meeting it was agreed on organising teams of professional volunteers in order to sort out following procedure for the remaining archive material. Furthermore, it was agreed on looking for temporary storage possibilities for the still existing material.


In the field of archives the Rhenish - Westphalian Archive for Economics (Rheinish - Westphalisches Wirtschaftsarchiv, RWWA) is in charge to arrange the support of professional support whereas the University of Applied Science Cologne (Fachhochschule Koln) is responsible to organise support in the field of restoration. The Regional Authority for Archive Consultancy and Training (LVR-Archivsberatung- und Fortbildungszentrum) does the identification of possible storage rooms for the archive material.


We ask our colleagues and other archives/institutions that can provide these resources to get in touch with. Please, take following information and required conditions into consideration:

Human resource support

1.     Archivist (higher service)

        Minimal time period: 3 days

        Working time is 7 days a week with three shifts of six hours that begin either at 8 am, 2 pm or 8 pm

        Please, indicate your name, department, shift, and possible dates and your contact details

        Room and board will be provided

        Please, send an email to:


2.     Restorer (experienced in the restoration of paper and photographs)

        Conditions and necessary information are the same as for archivists

        Please, send an email to:

Duties and Responsibilities

Colleagues who would like to work with us will work on desks in a hall. This location serves as short-term storage where the retrieved material will be registered. Additionally, professionals are needed to make decision about the future steps of the material, e.g. restoration, packaging, etc.

Storage rooms

For the remaining material temporary storage is needed until a new building will have been built. Therefore, we are looking for shelf capacities.


Please give us following details if you think you can provide the latter:

        Name of the archive

        Please, indicate the shelf surface in meters (length, width, and distances between shelf surfaces)

        Please, indicate the location and technical equipment of the storage room (e.g. climate control, cooling system, etc.)

        Please indicate the storage time period in month

        Please, send an email to:


Contact ANCBS

Association of National Committees of the Blue Shield (ANCBS)

ANCBS Office
Laan van Meerdervoort 70
2517 AN The Hague
The Netherlands

E mail address:

Web address:

Telephone: +31 (0)70-3466161

Fax: +31 (0)70-3467232



New ICOMOS Publication: What is OUV?


Monuments and Sites Vol. XVI:The World Heritage List: What is OUV? Defining the Outstanding Universal Value of Cultural World Heritage Properties.


An ICOMOS study compiled by Jukka Jokilehto with contributions from Christina Cameron, Michel Parent and Michael Petzet. Berlin: Hendrik Babler Verlag, 2008. 111 p. (Monuments and Sites; XVI). ISBN: 978-3-930388-51-6.


Following on from and completing the volume Monuments and Sites XII "The World Heritage List, Filling the Gaps - an Action Plan for the Future", published in 2005, this new volume takes a comprehensive look back at the work done among other by ICOMOS since 1976 as an advisory body to the World Heritage Committee in relation to the criteria for the outstanding universal value (OUV) required by the Convention as a precondition for the inscription on the World Heritage List. It contains chapters on: the development of the OUV concept; characteristics of the OUV criteria i.) - vii.) and their justification; different aspects of using the criteria; other requirements for inscription; reasons for non-inscription; as well as conclusions and recommendations and a series of annexes, some of which represent previously unpublished material.


Order a copy / Download as PDF

Hard copies of the publication can be purchased through the ICOMOS Documentation Centre (ICOMOS members : 20 euro + postage; non-members : 25 euro + postage) and it is available for free as a downloadable PDF on the ICOMOS web site:

Seeking sponsorship for translation

ICOMOS is currently seeking sponsorship to translate this publication into other languages - contact:



ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Theory and Philosophy of Conservation and Restoration: Elections


The ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Theory and Philosophy of Conservation and Restoration has recently held elections at its meeting in Florence on 8 March 2009. The new Bureau of the Committee is composed as follows:


President : Andrzej Tomaszewski

Vice-President: Wilfried Lipp

General Secretary: Boguslaw Szmygin

Bureau members: Ursula Schadler-Saub, Soheil Mehr Azar, Peter Burman




The Royal Castle

Pl. Zamkowy 4



Tel / fax : +48 22 622 41 59




ICCROM Course: LATAM 2009: Reducing Risks to Cultural Heritage 2009


9-27 November, Universidad Andina Simon Bolivar, Quito (Ecuador)


ICCROM is pleased to announce the 2009 session of the international course on "Reducing Risks", organized in cooperation with the Ministry of Natural and Cultural Heritage of Ecuador, the University Andina Simon Bolivar, the Canadian Conservation Institute, the Netherlands Institute for Cultural Heritage and other regional partners.


The purpose of this course is to focus on the risk management approach to preventive conservation of movable and immovable heritage. The course will take place in Quito, Ecuador from 9 to 27 November 2009 (three weeks) and will be given in Spanish.


It is designed for collection and site managers, curators, registrars, conservators, and also directors of small to medium size museums, galleries, historic houses and archives, from all regions of the world. The course will also interest educators and professionals who teach collection management and preventive conservation, in either an academic or a vocational environment. The application deadline is 04 May 2009.


A brief description of the course and full information on the application process:






Application Deadline

4 May 2009


PC 09 - Collections Unit


13 via di San Michele
I-00153 Roma RM

Tel: +39 06 585531
Fax: +39 06 58553349



Call for Papers: International Institute for Conservation (IIC): Istanbul Congress 2010: Conservation and the Eastern Mediterranean


20-24 September 2010, Istanbul (Turkey)


The twenty-third IIC Congress will take place in the spectacular and historic city of Istanbul, the European Cultural Capital for 2010. In conjunction with the Sakip Sabanci Museum, the many Congress events will focus on the conservation of moveable and immovable heritage in or from the Eastern Mediterranean. This will include material held in collections around the world: the care and conservation of artifacts, of sites, and the preservation of extraordinary architecture, reflecting the influences that have made the region one of the world's richest centres of heritage. The conference will bring together the international professional community to present and exchange ideas, to debate conservation practices and cutting edge research, to consider exciting new developments and thought provoking challenges, and to make new connections between this region and all corners of the world.


The Congress will take place on 20 to 24 September 2010 and will include four days of papers and a day of excursions in and around Istanbul. It is also hoped to arrange excursions during the weekend after the Congress. The languages of the Congress will be English and Turkish, with simultaneous translation. The preprints will be published in English with abstracts in Turkish.

Call for Papers

Papers presented at an IIC Congress and published in the preprints undergo a rigorous peer review process. To this end, IIC Council appoints a Technical Committee of international experts who will make selections from the proposals received and will then invite draft papers. The drafts will be reviewed and the content of the programme will be determined. Final contributions will be edited for publication by the Editorial Committee, chaired by David Saunders.


IIC encourages you to submit your proposal for a paper early via the web at

A call for posters will be made later in 2009. Please remember that submissions should not have been presented and/or published elsewhere before the date of the congress.

Deadline for receipt of summaries

30 April 2009


You will receive a response from the Technical Committee by the end of June. Draft manuscripts will be required by 30 September 2009 and the Technical Committee will make their selection by the end of November.


Graham Voce

Executive Secretary

International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (IIC)

6 Buckingham Street

London WC2N 6BA


Tel: +44 (0)20 7839 5975

Fax: +44 (0)20 7976 1564





New Publication: Funding the architectural heritage: A guide to policies and examples


By Robert Pickard. Council of Europe Publishing, 2009


What systems can be used for the mobilisation of financial resources for the conservation, restoration, rehabilitation and integrated management of the architectural heritage through area-based regeneration initiatives? This guide aims to provide authoritative information on different funding mechanisms, financial resources and management systems utilised in Europe and in North America as a means to assist the development of good and efficient practice. Consideration is given to examples relating to three principal forms of financial measures: subsidies (grant aid), loans and tax incentives, as well as specific measures to promote sponsorship through donations by individuals and corporate organisations. Other revenue-raising methods are investigated, including easement donations and endowment funds, lotteries, concession agreements, monument annuities, the transfer of development rights and enabling development, and through the support of international organisations such as the World Monument Fund, the World Bank, the Council of Europe Development Bank and the European Union. Further consideration is given to the role of non-profit and other organisations operating for the benefit of the architectural heritage such as revolving fund organisations, charitable trusts, heritage foundations and limited liability companies. 


ISBN : 978-92-871-6498-8

No. of pages : 198

Price : 25 euro / 50 $ (+ 10% postage)




Council of Europe Publishing

Palais de l'Europe

67075 Strasbourg Cedex


Tel.: +33 (0)3 88 41 25 81

Fax : +33 (0)3 88 41 39 10





Observatory of Cultural Policies in Africa (OCPA) News


Issue no. 224, 12 March 2009


Issue no. 224 of the OCPA News can be downloaded in PDF format at:


To subscribe to the OCPA News click here


Observatory of Cultural Policies in Africa (OCPA)

725 Avenida da Base N'Tchinga
P.O. Box 1207

Tel: +258 21 418649
Fax: +258 21 418650





International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA): News Brief #17


The IFLA News Brief #17 is available for download at:



Christine Bavassa, Executive Secretary

International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA)
European Foundation for Landscape Architecture (EFLA)
The European Region of IFLA

Rue des Palais, 44 B 21
B-1030 Brussels
Tel.: +32 2 211 33 79
Fax: +32 2 218 89 73




International Council on Monuments and Sites/

Conseil International des Monuments et des Sites
International Secretariat / Secretariat International

49-51 rue de la Federation

75015 Paris - France

Tel : 33 (0) 1 45 67 67 70

Fax : 33 (0) 1 45 66 06 22

e-mail :  

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