Australia ICOMOS E-Mail News No. 382
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Friday 17 April 2009


1)  REMINDER: ICOMOS South Australian Event to Celebrate World Heritage Day - Monday 20 April

2)  REMINDER: World Heritage Day Event, WA - Monday 20 April

3)  Australia ICOMOS - Canberra Talk Series

4)  Seminar announcement - BACK FROM THE BRINK; Heritage, Culture and Art in Timor-Leste

5)  MayDay! MayDay! MayDay!

6)  New title: Valuing Historic Environments

7)  News from the ICOMOS Documentation Centre

8)  Conference announcement - DOMES IN THE WORLD, Florence, 2010

9)  ICOM-CC 15th Triennial Conference New Delhi - proceedings now available


Situations Vacant

10) Senior heritage consultant, Context


1) REMINDER: ICOMOS South Australian Event to Celebrate World Heritage Day - Monday 20 April


Theme of Event - Heritage and Science

Date: Monday 20 April 2009

4.45pm registration for 5pm start - 7.30pm,

AIA Headquarters, 100 Flinders St, Adelaide


An Australia ICOMOS meeting, supported by the Department for Environment and Heritage, is to be held at the AIA Headquarters on 20 April 2009 to celebrate World Heritage Day.  The theme this year for World Heritage Day is Heritage and Science.


This meeting, will discuss heritage issues generally related to this theme, and our guest speaker will be Stephen Forbes, Director of the Adelaide Botanic Gardens, who will talk about heritage and science at the gardens, and in particular about the recent architectural project there - adjacent to the Museum of Botany. 


This will be a highly practical interactive meeting for architects, landscape architects, and other interested parties, and there will be open discussion about the conservation processes as part of this Botanic Gardens project.


After the talk, there will be intermission with drinks and famously generous nibbles followed by a "news session" with local conservation architects talking about recent projects.  Participants are still being confirmed, and this too will be interactive. 


The event will be held at 100 Flinders Street.  There will be a charge of $15.00 for ICOMOS members, $25 for non members.  Any surplus funds will be donated to the Streetwise Asia fund for Heritage Conservation - and a short introduction about the progress of this fund will be provided at the start of the meeting. 


Please RSVP to McDougall & Vines by 16 April 2009 at the latest to assist with catering purposes.  Please also have correct money to pay at the door.  If any participants have examples of recent heritage projects they wish to present at the meeting, please contact Liz Vines.


Elizabeth Vines

South Australian Executive Committee representative, Australia ICOMOS 

0419 816 525


2) REMINDER: World Heritage Day Event, WA - Monday 20 April




Old Farm, Strawberry Hill, Albany has exceptional heritage significance. It was the first farm in Western Australia commencing in 1827 within a few months of establishment of the Military settlement of King George Sound.  Stock were kept there and vegetables grown for the survival of soldiers and later the early settlers. The original house was a pise cottage. The two storey granite extension was built in 1836.


Old Farm building is constructed of stone walls, timber floor and roof framing with slate roof cladding. It sits on reactive clay ground that is subject to swelling when wet and shrinkage when dry. Over a long period there has been foundation movement with consequent cracking and outward movement of walls that is now accelerating. Associated rising damp also continues to damage the building.


The Trust has engaged Airey Taylor Consulting to develop a means of stabilising the building to prevent eventual collapse. The stabilisation works involve two separate projects:


1.    The underpinning, straightening and rotating back to vertical of the south wall of the single storey kitchen and dining room.

2.    The installation of a moisture stabilisation system for the whole of the building perimeter.


This year's World Heritage Day will focus on the conservation works at Old Farm Strawberry Hill. Join Eric Hancock with Peter Airey and Dr Anthea Airey as they explain the techniques being applied to the place.


Refreshments will be served after the presentation.


Date / time:               6.00 pm, Monday, 20 April 2009

Venue:                       East Perth Cemeteries, Bronte St, East Perth

Cost:                          $12 ICOMOS members; $15 non members

RSVP:               or (08) 9212 1116 by Wednesday 15 April


3) Australia ICOMOS - Canberra Talk Series





Rosemary Hollow


'The destruction was overwhelming, but I've never seen such courage, strength and love.'


After tragedies in three very different countries - the massacre at Port Arthur in 1996, the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995 and the Bali bombings in 2002 - governments and communities all responded with building memorials and remembering anniversaries. The similarities almost stop there. Not only are the memorials different in design, but so were the processes for planning, for consultation with communities and the ongoing management of the memorials.


Using photographs and material from interviews gathered during visits to these sites, Rosemary will describe the memorialisation of these events, and the initial response to the destruction of the World Trade Centre on September 11, 2001.


Rosemary Hollow is close to completing her PhD at the Research School of Humanities at ANU on How nations mourn: the memorialization and management of contemporary atrocity sites. Rosemary has worked in natural and cultural heritage management with the Tasmanian and Australian Governments and is currently with the Culture Division of the Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts in Canberra.


Members and the public are welcome.  Refreshments will be available.  This is part of a series of talks organised in Canberra by Australia ICOMOS.


Time & Date:  5.00-6.30 pm, Thursday 23 April 2009 - the talk will actually start at 5.30.

Venue:  Barton Room (NOTE ROOM CHANGE - usually Menzies Room), National Archives of Australia, East Block, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes (enter from Kings Avenue side).

RSVP:  To Duncan Marshall at


4) Seminar announcement -BACK FROM THE BRINK; Heritage, Culture and Art in Timor-Leste


BACK FROM THE BRINK; Heritage, Culture and Art in Timor-Leste.


Hosted by the Museum and Art Gallery Northern Territory, focusing on the care of cultural heritage collections and the preservation of heritage sites in Timor-Leste.


Saturday 16 May 2009, 9.30am - 5pm


Free admission - all welcome; Museum and Art Gallery Northern Territory Theatrette, (08) 8999 8263


Registration forms and seminar program are available from the events page on the MAGNT website Also see attached flier.


5) MayDay! MayDay! MayDay!


During the month of May, Blue Shield Australia is encouraging archives, galleries, libraries, museums, cultural heritage sites and organisations across the country to participate in MayDay - a national campaign for the protection of cultural heritage from disaster.


MayDay aims to raise awareness about disaster preparedness and to encourage people to perform at least one disaster-preparedness task in May each year. There are many types of emergencies that we can be better prepared for, from the potential impact of faulty electrical wiring in the building next door, to bushfires, cyclones or even internal or external floods.


The MayDay concept originated with the Society of American Archivists (SAA) in 2006.


MayDay Australia 2009


We encourage you to promote MayDay to your colleagues by posting the MayDay 2009 flier on notice boards in your organisation, and by discussing what you will do to mark MayDay on 1 May 2009, and throughout the month of May.


In 2009 we are making a Media Kit available to help you promote your selected MayDay 2009 activity. Obtain this Kit by sending a request to: Be sure to send a copy of any articles you prepare to this email address too, so that Blue Shield Australia can help with promotion. We would also like to hear about the 'lessons learnt' from disasters that have affected your organization. Photographs are very welcome!


In the wake of Victorian bushfires and Queensland floods, we are advising cultural heritage practitioners to consider the level of protection offered by storage facilities this year - and plan to build safer repositories for the future.


What should I do?


The flier is available at the following webpage:>


Then it's just a matter of acting upon one or more of the suggested activities. Here are some of the suggestions from this year's flier:

         Get to know your local firefighters and police, and invite them to tour your organisation and give you pointers on safety and preparedness.

         Identify the three biggest risks to your collection or heritage site.

         Find a 'partner' heritage organisation to work with in case of a disaster. A model for collaboration is DIS-ACT:


What is the Blue Shield?


The Blue Shield is the cultural equivalent of the Red Cross. It is the symbol specified in the 1954 Hague Convention for marking cultural sites to give them protection from attack in the event of armed conflict. It is also the name of an international committee set up in 1996 to work to protect the world's cultural heritage threatened by wars and natural disasters.

Blue Shield Committees around the globe comprise four international cultural heritage 'pillar' bodies -

International Council on Archives (ICA);

International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS);

International Council of Museums (ICOM); and

International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA).

In Australia, these pillar bodies are represented respectively as follows: Council of Australasian Archives and Records Authorities (CAARA); Australia ICOMOS; ICOM Australia; Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA).

For more information, contact:


Veronica Bullock, Development Officer, Collections Council of Australia

(08) 8207 7287


Robyn Riddett, AICOMOS member

(03) 9495 6389.


6) New title: Valuing Historic Environments


Edited by Lisanne Gibson, University of Leicester, UK and

John Pendlebury, Newcastle University, UK

Subject - Heritage, Culture and Identity


This volume brings together an interdisciplinary team of leading scholars to discuss frameworks of value in relation to the preservation of historic environments. It critically analyses the various conceptions of value in terms of heritage and shows the complexities in attempting to provide a responsive, sustainable, democratic notion of heritage while delivering on social and economic objectives.


Full details:  


7) News from the ICOMOS Documentation Centre


1) Bibliographic Database of the Documentation

-     1100 new records added in the last semester (Oct. 2008 - March 2009)


Download the thematic bibliography: 


2) More documents, news, downloads, journals, publications, etc in the Blog:


8) Conference announcement - DOMES IN THE WORLD, Florence, 2010


Promoted by the Fondazione Romualdo Del Bianco, the International Conference DOMES IN THE WORLD is to take place during the second half of 2010.


For further information, visit:


To register your interest in the conference, complete the form at


Event manager

Mr. Andrea Redditi



9) ICOM-CC 15th Triennial Conference New Delhi - proceedings now available


For further information, visit


10) Senior heritage consultant, Context


Context is looking for an experienced heritage consultant to be part of our team working on a range of interesting heritage projects, including:


     local heritage studies

     municipal heritage plans and strategies

     conservation management plans

     community-based heritage processes: consultation, workshops etc

     social significance assessment

     Indigenous heritage management: places, policies, research


You would be part of a small, specialist team, working for existing and new clients. Communication skills are important as you would have direct client contact, and be managing project teams comprising internal and external consultants. You would need skills in time management, delegation, creative and strategic thinking, and working collaboratively.


The right person will have broad experience and well-honed skills in heritage assessment, planning and management. Your specialisation could be in one of many relevant disciplines, including: planning and policy, cultural landscapes, architecture, history, archaeology, urban or rural geography, or other allied field.


Previous work as a consultant, including project management, would be a distinct advantage. Suitable applicants will have 5-8+ years experience.


As well as heritage, Context works in the fields of community and environment, and others on our team offer skills in facilitation, community information, consultation, environmental policy and planning, education and training and change management and more!


The position is full-time, and based in Brunswick (Victoria). Some travel locally and interstate is involved.


While we are looking for someone to join our in-house team, we are also always interested in talking with other consultants about possible collaborations. And we expect to have a 12 month senior consultant position available starting in June as well - possibly a secondment or a contract position.


General enquiries about the position can be directed to Mary Ward - - (03) 9380 6933. Our website offers a good overview of the firm -


Please send an application - including a letter addressing your interests in Context and the requirements described above plus your resume - to Mary Ward by email or by post (Context Pty Ltd, 22 Merri Street, Brunswick 3056) no later than Monday 27 April, 2009.

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